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C++ Game Animation Programming - Second Edition

By : Michael Dunsky, Gabor Szauer
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Book Image

C++ Game Animation Programming - Second Edition

5 (1)
By: Michael Dunsky, Gabor Szauer

Overview of this book

If you‘re fascinated by the complexities of animating video game characters and are curious about the transformation of model files into 3D avatars and NPCs that can explore virtual worlds, then this book is for you. In this new edition, you’ll learn everything you need to know about game animation, from a simple graphical window to a large crowd of smoothly animated characters. First, you’ll learn how to use modern high-performance graphics, dig into the details of how virtual characters are stored, and load the models and animations into a minimalistic game-like application. Then, you’ll get an overview of the components of an animation system, how to play the animations and combine them, and how to blend from one animation into another. You’ll also get an introduction to topics that will make your programming life easier, such as debugging your code or stripping down the graphical output. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained deep insights into all the parts of game animation programming and how they work together, revealing the magic that brings life to the virtual worlds on your screen.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Part 1:Building a Graphics Renderer
Part 2: Mathematics Roundup
Part 3: Working with Models and Animations
Part 4: Advancing Your Code to the Next Level

Part 1:
Building a Graphics Renderer

In this part, you will get an overview of the steps to open a simple application window and handle keyboard and mouse input. In addition, you will learn how to draw textured 3D objects on a screen with OpenGL 4 and the Vulkan API. We will briefly explain GPU shaders, small programs running on a graphics card, working hard to calculate the pictures of the 3D objects you see on the screen. Finally, you will be introduced to Dear ImGui and learn how to add basic control elements to an application.

In this part, we will cover the following chapters: