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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

The loading screen – sample

While our example game does not use a loading screen up to this point, we have decided to provide a possible implementation of such a state. You can find its source code together with the sources of this chapter, as well as guide yourself through the following paragraphs into understanding it.

A loading screen is a state like any other, except for one thing; it performs a task in the background, using a parallel thread of execution. Using threads and understanding them in full is out of the scope of this book; however, SFML does provide sf::Thread, a cross-platform implementation for launching and managing multiple branches of execution in a program. Because of this, we will briefly introduce the use of sf::Thread and apply it directly into our loading screen.

But why do we need to use threads? Simply because a loading screen will most often be passing a number of resources from the hard drive into memory and this will be a lengthy process, and even worse, a blocking...