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Building Great Flash MX Games [Paperback]

Matthew David
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Book Description

Dec 6 2002
* Designed for both professionals and hobbyists, this is the most complete book on creating sophisticated games with Macromedia Flash MX
* Shows readers how to harness the full potential of Flash MX and Flash ActionScript
* Provides hands-on advice for creating commercial games, as well as games to boost a Web site's "stickiness," perk up presentations, or enhance educational materials
* Explains the tools, scripts, and other building blocks of Flash games tools and then shows how to put them together
* Companion Web site includes all source code and game artwork from the book as well as links to free game development tools and product trials

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"...good, practical information...shows it strength when you start to build the sample games for yourself..." (Image Technology)

“…a detailed and interesting read…good value…”(Computer Arts, April 2003)

“…easy-to-understand…one of the rare occasions when a book truly does cater for professionals and amateurs alike…”(Practical Web Projects, August 2003)

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Here's everything you need to create exciting, colorful, fast-paced games using Macromedia Flash MX. Lavishly illustrated and filled with clear, easy-to-follow examples, it includes valuable code samples and tips from some of the great game gurus who share their insights through personal interviews. Whether you're a professional developer or a hobbyist eager to try your hand at game development, you'll find this guide is a must-have resource-just add your creativity!

Part I explains the tools and scripts you need
* Using the latest versions of Flash and ActionScript
* Managing sound
* Designing a game from the ground up
* Optimizing bandwidth
* Adding the multi-user dimension

Part II teaches you to build games
* Adventure games
* Puzzle games
* 3-D games
* Arcade games
* PDA games

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1.0 out of 5 stars Top ten Hall of Shame June 25 2004
A must not buy. Perfect example of juggling between poor dictating and bad spelling. Combined, it makes it almost impossible to understand what he means or figure out where you misspelled the non working scripts provided by the book.
Went halfway through it and knew I couldn't return it because of it's discount.
257 pages, binding included. Weights about 300 grams. It's printing process must have been way more exciting then it's content is.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Chocie Feb. 1 2004
After trying to cope with this chapter on collision detection for over two weeks, I have decided that this book needs to be revised immensely. On page 47 you give a chunk of code to "Define the ball". The chunk of code you give lacks any commenting whatsoever, and worse yet, when I turned to page 48 I was given ONE SENTANCE to explain SEVEN FUNCTIONS. The sentance wasn't even helpful. "The instnace of the ball mocie clip moves down the stage to collide with the rectangle movie clip". Great, I have no idea which one of these functions does each. I know JS and C++ but AS is still new to me so wading through it is a bloody chore. Later on page 48 you have a chunk of code, this time with a comment. More helpful indeed, I understood this chunk, but you told me to insert it into line 19. That did all of nothing. A friend and senior programmer had to look at my code, and implement it much farther down, more like line 39 if I recall, plus change some of the code. That is rediculous. 48 goes on more. Defining boundries. You give me this line of code:
gGameRect = [0,0,400,500];
gHMax = pGameRect[2] - 5;
You then explain gGameRect, the easies of all the variables to figure out, and omit to tell me the other two descriptions. I assume that BallBaseLoc is where the ball starts on screen and gHMax is the ceiling, but assuming isn't much good for me. Once again this code doens't work at the place you indstructed to put it in either.
What I'm trying to say is I got burned badly by this book. I am a college student, paying my tuition, transportation, and books on my own minimum wage part time job. I parted with my FIFTY DOLLARS [which is a LOT of money to me] for your book, and it hads caused me nothing but headaches.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where was the editor? Dec 17 2003
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If you learn by following examples, this book is not for you. The author's enthusiasm for the topic seems genuine, but his instructions are haphazard. Unless you're two steps ahead of him (which, if you were, you probably wouldn't be interested in buying his book), you're going to have a hard time learning anything. Not surprisingly, there's a disclaimer in the front of the book that reads, "...the publisher and author...make no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this book..." Definitely not a user-friendly experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to game design in Flash MX Nov. 25 2003
The code covers the basics of games and is great for the money. It does include some software introduction that doesn't come with Flash (Soundforge, Macromedia's communication Server and mentions 3D software like Swift 3D, etc). All of these seem like great packages to own if you are serious about making games.
I was having an issue getting the code from the site and the author replied with a valid explanation and information on major plans in supporting the book beyond pages themselves.
The book has a number of completed games to use as examples to learn from, as well as additional code on his site. If the reader has a basic programming knowledge of JavaScript or any C based language (Java, C++, C#, etc), the reader could learn and understand all the concepts within this book. It's definitely a good starting place.
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