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XNA 4.0 Game Development by Example Beginner's Guide by Kurt Jaegers

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Chapter 1. Introducing XNA Game Studio

With the release of Windows 95, Microsoft also introduced the DirectX Application Programming Interface (API), which allowed Windows-based applications to integrate closely, in a standard way, with the graphics hardware available on the system. Prior to DirectX, most PC game development targeted MS-DOS, as Windows-based graphics were too slow for most gaming needs.

Although faster, working with the DirectX API could be challenging. The DirectX Software Development Kit (SDK) is targeted at C++, with no official support for other languages. The developer is also faced with large volumes of background work to get a DirectX project to the point where he can display images on the screen before ever considering ...

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