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Retrogame Archeology: Exploring Old Computer Games by John Aycock (English) Hard

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The Nile on eBay   FREE SHIPPING AUSTRALIA WIDE   Retrogame Archeology: Exploring Old Computer Games by John Aycock Drawing on extensive research, this book explores the techniques that old computer games used to run on tightly-constrained platforms. FORMAT Hardcover LANGUAGE English CONDITION Brand New Publisher Description Drawing on extensive research, this book explores the techniques that old computer games used to run on tightly-constrained platforms. Retrogame developers faced incredible challenges of limited space, computing power, rudimentary tools, and the lack of homogeneous environments. Using examples from over 100 retrogames, this book examines the clever implementation tricks that game designers employed to make their creations possible, documenting these techniques that are being lost. However, these retrogame techniques have modern analogues and applications in general computer systems, not just games, and this book makes these contemporary connections. It also uses retrogames' implementation to introduce a wide variety of topics in computer systems including memory management, interpretation, data compression, procedural content generation, and software protection. Retrogame Archeology targets professionals and advanced-level students in computer science, engineering, and mathematics but would also be of interest to retrogame enthusiasts, computer historians, and game studies researchers in the humanities. Table of Contents Introduction.- Memory Management.- Slow, Wildly Incompatible I/O.- Interpreters.- Data Compression.- Procedural Content Generation.- Protection.- Obfuscation and Optimization.- Endgame. Review "The author does a pretty good job of taking a look at this most interesting field that many users, gamers, and programmers can identify with ... . the book can be of interest also to nonprogrammers, retrogame enthusiasts, historians and researchers, and even just to readers who can recall games from their childhood and develop nostalgia just by reading it. With the use of graphs, tables, figures, and screen captures, the world of retrogames is brought to life." (Cecilia G. Manrique, Computing Reviews, computingreviews.com, October, 2016) Review Quote "The author does a pretty good job of taking a look at this most interesting field that many users, gamers, and programmers can identify with ... . the book can be of interest also to nonprogrammers, retrogame enthusiasts, historians and researchers, and even just to readers who can recall games from their childhood and develop nostalgia just by reading it. With the use of graphs, tables, figures, and screen captures, the world of retrogames is brought to life." (Cecilia G. Manrique, Computing Reviews, computingreviews.com, October, 2016) Feature The only book of its kind broadly examining retrogame implementation and its modern applications Real examples widely drawn from over 100 games spanning twenty years and a variety of computing platforms and game genres Useful reading for practicing computer scientists and engineers to understand in a compelling way about computer system constraints and how they can be handled Details ISBN3319300024 Author John Aycock Short Title RETROGAME ARCHEOLOGY 2016/E Publisher Springer Edition Description 2016 Language English ISBN-10 3319300024 ISBN-13 9783319300023 Media Book Format Hardcover Year 2016 Pages 222 DEWEY 794.8 Imprint Springer International Publishing AG Subtitle Exploring Old Computer Games Place of Publication Cham Country of Publication Switzerland Edition 1st Illustrations 20 Illustrations, color; 152 Illustrations, black and white; XIX, 222 p. 172 illus., 20 illus. in color. Audience General/Trade Publication Date 2016-05-17 UK Release Date 2016-05-17 We've got this At The Nile, if you're looking for it, we've got it. With fast shipping, low prices, friendly service and well over a million items - you're bound to find what you want, at a price you'll love! 30 DAY RETURN POLICY No questions asked, 30 day returns! FREE DELIVERY No matter where you are in Australia, delivery is free. SECURE PAYMENT Peace of mind by paying through PayPal and eBay Buyer Protection TheNile_Item_ID:98315452;


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