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Game Development with Three.js

By : Isaac Sukin
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Game Development with Three.js

By: Isaac Sukin

Overview of this book

The advent of WebGL and its inclusion in many browsers enabled JavaScript programs running in a web browser to access the GPU without a plugin or extension. Three.js is a next generation high-level library that makes it possible to author complex 3D computer animations that display in the browser using nothing more than a simple text editor. The development of these new tools has opened up the world of real-time 3D computer animations to a far broader spectrum of developers. Starting with how to build 3D games on the web using the Three.js graphics library, you will learn how to build 3D worlds with meshes, lighting, user interaction, physics, and more. Along the way, you'll learn how to build great online games through fun examples. Use this book as a guide to embrace the next generation of game development! Moving on from the basics, you will learn how to use Three.js to build game worlds using its core components, including renderers, geometries, materials, lighting, cameras, and scenes. Following on from this, you will learn how to work with mouse and keyboard interactions, incorporate game physics, and import custom models and animations. You will also learn how to include effects like particles, sounds, and post-processing. You will start by building a 3D world, and then create a first person shooter game using it. You will then be shown how to imbue this FPS game with a “capture the flag” gameplay objective. With Game Development with Three.js, you will be able to build 3D games on the Web using the Three.js graphics library.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

About the Reviewers

Ian Langworth is the co-founder and CTO of Artillery, which aims to bring console-quality games to the browser using HTML5, WebGL, and other cutting-edge browser technology. Prior to Artillery, he was the first engineering hire at Redbeacon (acquired by The Home Depot in 2012), and before that he was a software engineer at Google. He is the co-author of Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook, O'Reilly, 2005.

Wenli Zhang is a graduate student at Digital Art Lab of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She has sufficient experience in web design and programming and shows great interest in it. She's familiar with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Three.js, jQuery, PHP, and so on. She's also interested in graphics rendering and image processing.

She originally learned Three.js for a game to demonstrate web audio during her internship in Intel corp. Owing to her knowledge in the field of computer graphics and previous experience with OpenGL, she learned Three.js quickly and developed a 3D Arcalands game within a week. After that, she used Three.js for several applications and found it efficient and easy to use.

She has also developed a jQuery plugin named jWebAudio (, which is a web audio library designed for games.

Her personal site is