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Beginning C++ Through Game Programming, Third Edition by Michael Dawson

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Introduction

Cutting-edge computer games rival the best that Hollywood has to offer in visual effects, musical score, and pure adrenaline rush. But games are a form of entertainment unlike any other; they can keep players glued to their monitors for hours on end. What sets games apart and makes them so engrossing is interactivity. In a computer game, you don’t simply sit back and watch a hero fighting against all odds, you become the hero.

The key to achieving this interactivity is programming. It’s programming that allows an alien creature, an attack squadron, or an entire army to react differently to a player in different situations. Through programming, a game’s story can unfold in new ways. In fact, as the result of programming, a game can ...

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