New to the Third Edition
This third edition offers the same comprehensive coverage of game engine architecture provided by previous editions, along with updated coverage of:
This book is intended to serve as an introductory text, but it also offers the experienced game programmer a useful perspective on aspects of game development technology with which they may not have deep experience. As always, copious references and citations are provided in this edition, making it an excellent jumping off point for those who wish to dig deeper into any particular aspect of the game development process.
Jason Gregory has worked as a software engineer in the games industry since March 1999 and as a professional software engineer since 1994. He got his start in game programming at Midway Home Entertainment in San Diego, where he worked on Hydro Thunder 2 and Offroad Thunder, and wrote the Playstation 2/Xbox animation system for Freaky Flyers and Crank the Weasel. In 2003, Jason moved to Electronic Arts Los Angeles, where he worked on engine and gameplay technology for Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault and served as a lead engineer on the Medal of Honor: Airborne project. Jason is currently a Lead Programmer at Naughty Dog Inc., where he and his colleagues are currently working on The Last of Us: Part II for Playstation 4. He also developed engine and gameplay software for every game in the Uncharted series, and The Last of Us on PS3 and PS4, and has also taught courses in game technology at the University of Southern California.
Highlights of the Second Edition
New chapters on level sets and vortex methods
Emphasizes hybrid particle–voxel methods, now the industry standard approach
Covers the latest algorithms and techniques, including: fluid surface reconstruction from particles; accurate, viscous free surfaces for buckling, coiling, and rotating liquids; and enhanced turbulence for smoke animation
Adds new discussions on meshing, particles, and vortex methods
The book changes the order of topics as they appeared in the first edition to make more sense when reading the first time through. It also contains several updates by distilling author Robert Bridson’s experience in the visual effects industry to highlight the most important points in fluid simulation. It gives you an understanding of how the components of fluid simulation work as well as the tools for creating your own animations.
You will learn how to write a robust game loop, how to organize your entities using components, and take advantage of the CPUs cache to improve your performance. You'll dive deep into how scripting engines encode behavior, how quadtrees and other spatial partitions optimize your engine, and how other classic design patterns can be used in games.