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SFML Game Development

By : Artur Moreira, Henrik Vogelius Hansson, Jan Haller, Henrik Valter Vogelius, SFML
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SFML Game Development

By: Artur Moreira, Henrik Vogelius Hansson, Jan Haller, Henrik Valter Vogelius, SFML

Overview of this book

Game development comprises the combination of many different aspects such as game logics, graphics, audio, user input, physics and much more. SFML is an Open Source C++ library designed to make game development more accessible, exposing multimedia components to the user through a simple, yet powerful interface. If you are a C++ programmer with a stack of ideas in your head and seeking a platform for implementation, your search ends here.Starting with nothing more than a blank screen, SFML Game Development will provide you with all the guidance you need to create your first fully featured 2D game using SFML 2.0. By the end, you'll have learned the basic principles of game development, including advanced topics such as how to network your game, how to utilize particle systems and much more.SFML Game Development starts with an overview of windows, graphics, and user inputs. After this brief introduction, you will start to get to grips with SFML by building up a world of different game objects, and implementing more and more gameplay features. Eventually, you'll be handling advanced visual effects, audio effects and network programming like an old pro. New concepts are discussed, while the code steadily develops.SFML Game Development will get you started with animations, particle effects and shaders. As well as these fundamental game aspects, we're also covering network programming to the extent where you'll be able to support the game running from two different machines. The most important part, the gameplay implementation with enemies and missiles, will make up the core of our top-scrolling airplane shoot' em-up game!You will learn everything you need in SFML Game Development in order to start with game development and come closer to creating your own game.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
SFML Game Development
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Customizing key bindings

A big part with input management in a game is allowing the user to customize how he interacts with it, like the keys. Most of the time, you can find the most popular key bindings and see them written directly in the code. But there will always be people that want to do stuff their way.

We have to provide tools in order to dynamically bind the keys to specific actions. With the command queue introduced in the previous sections, this becomes a much easier task to accomplish.

With the command queue, we already define specific actions for a specific key. The difference is that right now, we have it hardcoded as follows:

if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Left))
if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Right))

The problem with this code is that it is very inflexible. We have to change a lot in order to allow any key to respond to any action. We have two clearly separate sets of data that we want...