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Learning Libgdx Game Development

By : Andreas Oehlke, Andreas Oehlke
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Learning Libgdx Game Development

By: Andreas Oehlke, Andreas Oehlke

Overview of this book

Game development is a field of interdisciplinary skills, which also makes it a very complex topic in many respects. One decision that usually needs to be made at the beginning of a game development processis to define the kind of computer system or platform the game will be developed for. This does not pose any problems in general but as soon as the game should also be able to run on multiple platforms it will become a developer's nightmare to maintain several distinct copies of the same game. This is where the libGDX multi-platform game development framework comes to the rescue! "Learning Libgdx Game Development" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with all the information you need to know about the libGDX framework as well as game development in general so you can start developing your own games for multiple platforms. You will gradually acquire deeper knowledge of both, libGDX and game development while you work through twelve easy-to-follow chapters. "Learning Libgdx Game Development" will walk you through a complete game development cycle by creating an example game that is extended with new features over several chapters. These chapters handle specific topics such as organizing resources, managing game scenes and transitions, actors, a menu system, using an advanced physics engine and many more. The chapters are filled with screenshots and/or diagrams to facilitate comprehension. "Learning Libgdx Game Development" is the book for you if you want to learn how to write your game code once and run it on a multitude of platforms using libGDX.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Learning Libgdx Game Development
About the Author
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The demo application – how the projects work together

In Chapter 1, Introduction to Libgdx and Project Setup, we successfully created our demo application, but we did not look at how all the Eclipse projects work together. Take a look at the following diagram to understand and familiarize yourself with the configuration pattern that all of your Libgdx applications will have in common:

What you see here is a compact view of four projects. The demo project to the very left contains the shared code that is referenced (that is, added to the build path) by all the other platform-specific projects. The main class of the demo application is However, looking at it from a more technical view, the main class where an application gets started by the operating system, which will be referred to as Starter Classes from now on. Notice that Libgdx uses the term "Starter Class" to distinguish between these two types of main classes in order to avoid confusion. We will cover everything related...