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The Game Asset Pipeline

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The Game Asset Pipeline

The Game Asset Pipeline

- Collection Game development series

302 pages, parution le 12/11/2004

Résumé

As modern game development moves toward creating richer, more detailed worlds than ever before, so do the demands on the systems for managing and processing the vast quantities of digital resources used in these worlds. The Game Asset Pipeline is a technically-oriented guide to the problems and potential solutions that can be employed to tackle this issue. Each stage of the resource pipeline is examined in detail and practical guidelines are included.

Written for engine and tools programmers responsible for the development and maintenance of export tools, asset management, data pre-processing, or packaging, the book begins with coverage of file archival and version control systems. It provides specific examples of asset creation packages such as 3ds max, Photoshop®, etc., and covers current and future storage technologies, including the coming of blue-ray discs, and the proliferation of small, high-density discs such as Sony's UMD standard. From there coverage moves to the critical technology issues facing developers. Because few commercial solutions exist, programmers have to create their own tools from scratch, and this section covers the basic techniques that are required for most games. The book concludes with a section on compression, cryptography, and storage technology. This is the one book that will guide the production team through the daunting task of managing the vast array of game assets in a structured, practical method.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed coverage of the entire asset building process, from source content through to final game disc files
  • Details how to build and maintain an efficient asset management system, using either existing products or a custom solution
  • Includes examples of commonly-needed asset processing tasks, with implementation details and strategies
  • Covers the processes and tools tailored to the specialized needs of game development teams
  • Provides information and tips on how to manage data effectively right up to gold master and post-production support
  • Teaches how to use dependency maintenance and smart build tools to ensure game assets are processed and integrated as efficiently as possible

L'auteur Ben Carter

Ben Carter (Guildford, England) has been writing about the games industry and other topics since 1995. His articles have appeared in magazines including Edge, Super Play, G4 Ireland, Manga Max, Game Developer, Develop, and CTW. He has also contributed to the Eurogamer Web site and was a speaker at ETCS/GDC Europe 2003.

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Sommaire

  • Introduction
  • Where Do Assets Come From?
  • A High-Level View of Asset Management
  • Building an Asset Management System
  • Texture and Image Processing
  • Geometry Processing
  • Audio and Video Processing
  • Environment Processing
  • Managing Asset Processing
  • Final Data
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Éditeur(s) Charles River Media
Auteur(s) Ben Carter
Collection Game development series
Parution 12/11/2004
Nb. de pages 302
Format 18,5 x 23,5
Couverture Broché
Poids 760g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9781584503422
ISBN13 978-1-58450-342-2

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