Useful books for programmers in game dev

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    I have not written anything since the time of my first article , I decided that it was time to fix it.

    There is an opinion that there is almost no intelligible literature about game devs, all knowledge must be obtained in a practical way. From my point of view, there is a grain of truth in this opinion, however, I cannot completely agree with him.

    Below I give reviews of books, which I find very useful in various sections of computer science that are used in game development. I intentionally omit books on C ++ and algorithms: it seems to me that this topic has already been studied and covered so much that it’s not worth talking more about it.

    I tried to cover the maximum number of different topics, especially those that are asked at interviews. I tried to refrain from domain-specific literature: professionals already know. All images contain links to Amazon.

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    Mathematics for 3D Game Programming and Computer Graphics


    A very detailed and academic (with all the evidence) presentation of 3D math (in Russian, probably, it is called “linear algebra and analytic geometry”) through the prism of a game dev. In this case, nothing more, everything is very to the point. Maths are needed not only by graphic programmers: tool builders and game mechanics can also easily ask (especially in cool offices) for an interview about the intersection of a ray with a triangle.

    Computer Architecture, Fifth Edition: A Quantitative Approach


    Computer architecture is at a very deep level, with modern examples. About how the pipeline, caches, brunch prediction, superscalars work. Written by the creators of the MIPS architecture, which runs, for example, Nintendo 64, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. It is recommended to start reading from the appendix - there is an “introductory course”. A must for anyone writing any runtime code.

    Game engine architecture


    A very cool book about almost all aspects of game engines. There are many rakes that beginners collect. I regret that I did not read it at the dawn of a gamedev career. Recently a new edition has been released.

    Real-Time Collision Detection


    Despite the name, it is worth reading to everyone. Accelerating structures (hgrid, octree, bsp) are considered in great detail. There is a big chapter on optimization. The amount of information on the sentence of the text rolls over, you need to read it very carefully.

    C ++ Concurrency in Action: Practical Multithreading


    Good practical guide. All sorts of buns in the form of lock-free, etc. Very nice to read.

    Game programming patterns


    The only non-paper book. Good patterns are collected, and most importantly, they are not sucked from the finger, since the author has a lot of practical experience. A lot of concrete examples. If it were on paper, I would love to buy it.

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