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Book DetailsEdit

  • Author: Jouni Smed and Harri Hakonen
  • First Published: April 2006
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0-470-01812-7
  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: To be rated, I've only just received a preview copy of this book.

Table of ContentsEdit

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Algorithms
Preface
Acknowledgements

1 Introduction
  1.1 Anatomy of Computer Games
  1.2 Synthetic Players
  1.3 Multi-playing
  1.4 Games and Storytelling
  1.5 Other Game Design Considerations
  1.6 Outline of the Book
  1.7 Summary
  Exercises

Part I: Algorithms

2 Random Numbers
  2.1 Linear Congruential Method
  2.2 Discrete Finite Distributions
  2.3 Random Shuffling
  2.4 Creating Game Worlds
  2.5 Summary
  Exercises

3 Tournaments
  3.1 Rank Adjustment Tournaments
  3.2 Elimination Tournaments
  3.3 Scoring Tournaments
  3.4 Summary
  Exercises.

4 Game Trees
  4.1 Minimax
  4.2 Alpha-Beta Pruning
  4.3 Games of Chance
  4.4 Summary
  Exercises.

5 Path Finding
  5.1 Discretization of the Game World
  5.2 Finding the Minimum Path
  5.3 Realizing the Movement
  5.4 Summary
  Exercises.

6 Decision-Making
  6.1 Background
  6.2 Finite State Machines
  6.3 Flocking
  6.4 Influence Maps
  6.5 Summary
  Exercises

7 Modelling Uncertainty
  7.1 Statistical Reasoning
  7.2 Fuzzy Sets
  7.3 Fuzzy Constraint Satisfaction Problem
  7.4 Summary
  Exercises

Part II: Networking

8 Communication Layers
  8.1 Physical Platform
  8.2 Logical Platform
  8.3 Networked Application
  8.4 Summary
  Exercises

9 Compensating Resource Limitations
  9.1 Aspects of Compensation
  9.2 Protocol Optimization
  9.3 Dead Reckoning
  9.4 Local Perception Filters
  9.5 Synchronized Simulation
  9.6 Area-of-interest Filtering
  9.7 Summary
  Exercises.

10 Cheating Prevention.
  10.1 Technical Exploitations
  10.2 Rule Violations
  10.3 Summary
  Exercises

Appendix

A Pseudo-code Conventions
  A.1 Changing the Flow of Control
  A.2 Data Structures
  A.3 Format of Algorithms
  A.4 Conversion to Existing Programming Languages

Bibliography
Ludography
Index