What’s one article or book you found particularly influential and have gone back to multiple times to review?
— Mike Acton (@mike_acton) August 21, 2012
Recently I’ve found myself returning to Anne Bogart’s A Director Prepares multiple times for thoughts related to direction of live theater, which I’ve found to be extremely relevant to game development. It’s a book I’ve recommended now many times!
The conversation from Twitter:
@mike_acton Steve McConnell’s Rapid Development is one.
Tue Aug 21 11:04:04 +0000 2012
@mike_acton Not really an article but the Arkham Asylum DICE talk by Sefton Hill was great. Second (for me) is Ed Catmull’s Stanford talk.
Tue Aug 21 11:07:07 +0000 2012
@SteveSwink is the one design book I always keep at work for reference & inspiration.
Tue Aug 21 11:07:35 +0000 2012
@mike_acton What kind of topic are you looking for?
Tue Aug 21 11:08:36 +0000 2012
@mike_acton Edsger Dijkstra’s Turing Lecture
Tue Aug 21 11:10:41 +0000 2012
@mike_acton I wish I liked the second game. Too complex.
Tue Aug 21 11:15:16 +0000 2012
Tue Aug 21 11:34:15 +0000 2012
@mike_acton Computer Graphics Principles and Practice. Foley. van Dam et al might be old but stuff worth a place on the shelf
Tue Aug 21 11:36:34 +0000 2012
@mike_acton Blinn’s Through the graphics pipeline (and 2 others), I lost my set years ago and often still want to refer to bits.
Tue Aug 21 11:42:16 +0000 2012
@mike_acton Nothing in the last 5-6 years. Most things things just get a single read (if that).
Tue Aug 21 14:48:19 +0000 2012
Tue Aug 21 14:51:03 +0000 2012
@mike_acton Good question. I know two books that I will re-read and that is “The Pragmatic Programmer” and “Thinking and Leaning”
Tue Aug 21 14:51:44 +0000 2012
Tue Aug 21 14:55:06 +0000 2012
@mike_acton One of my favorites is “The Pragmatic Programmer” by Hunt & Thomas.
Tue Aug 21 15:14:43 +0000 2012
@mike_acton Looking forward to finishing this game so I can write more articles. Way too busy but I have a lot of material :)
Tue Aug 21 16:01:09 +0000 2012
@mike_acton Abrash’s Black Book. Far beyond the graphics content I think it really nails the mindset required when optimizing code.
Tue Aug 21 16:04:31 +0000 2012
@pixelmager Haven’t referred to the Foley & van Dam for years, now that I think of it. May need to flip it open again just to see.
Tue Aug 21 16:27:02 +0000 2012
@rupazero No particular topic. Just curious. I think a person’s choice says a lot. :)
Tue Aug 21 16:28:23 +0000 2012
@DeanoC I left my copy in the library at splash – had only opened it once since uni, fruitlessly.
Tue Aug 21 16:34:06 +0000 2012