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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


Here we conclude the fifth chapter of the book. Through its pages, we tried to pass on a lot of useful information about state managing and game flow. We talked about states and stacks of states, both in concept and in implementation. Also, we saw how to implement a handful of screens that we usually see in games, using our StateStack system to our advantage. Navigation between states was also covered and we even talked about functionality we don't use in the game, but that will certainly come handy in the future! Better to know and not need it, than to need it and not know about it!

As you noticed, this chapter is of extreme importance not only to this game, but every game you might make. All the code written from this chapter and on will be compliant with the state architecture which makes it a good reason to grasp these concepts the best you can!

The next chapter will concern the graphical user interface of the game. We will discuss how to implement a basic version of a widget hierarchy...