June 29, 2001

Announcing "Programming Linux Games" book

Author: JT Smith

WRITE THE GAMES LINUX PEOPLE PLAY
New book teaches how to program Linux games with
SDL, Open AL, and other APIs
San Francisco, CA--No Starch Press and Loki Software
today announced
the launch of the complete and authoritative guide
to developing
games for Linux. PROGRAMMING LINUX GAMES: LEARN TO
WRITE THE GAMES
LINUX PEOPLE PLAY (August 2001, 1-886411-49-2,
$39.95, paperback, 432
pp., http://www.nostarch.com/?plg) guides readers
through all the
important Linux development tools and gaming APIs,
with a special
focus on Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL). Written by
the gaming
masters at Loki Software, this book is the ultimate
resource for
Linux game developers.

PROGRAMMING LINUX GAMES discusses important
multimedia toolkits while
teaching the basics of Linux game programming. It
includes detailed
coverage of Linux graphics and audio interfaces as
well as lots of
real-world examples. Readers learn how to:

* Use the Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) library to
build a powerful
scrolling game engine (complete with environmental
audio and an
embedded scripting system)

* Play sound effects and music with OSS, ALSA, ESD,
and OpenAL

* Manage compressed audio streams with Ogg Vorbis

* Build a multiplayer game with TCP/IP sockets

* Write games for the Linux framebuffer console

* Construct professional-quality installation
scripts for their games

* Distribute their game to the Linux community

Available in bookstores, from Loki Software
(http://www.lokigames.com/orders), or from No Starch
Press
(1-800-420-7240, http://www.nostarch.com),
PROGRAMMING LINUX GAMES is
the ultimate resource for writing and developing
Linux games.

ABOUT LOKI SOFTWARE
Loki Software, Inc. (http://www.lokigames.com) ports
best-selling PC
games to Linux. Loki supports several Open Source
development
projects, including OpenAL(tm), a cross-platform
environmental audio
library, and SMPEG, a general purpose MPEG
video/audio player for
Linux. John Hall is a computer science student at
Georgia Institute
of Technology and a contractor with Loki Software.

ABOUT LINUX JOURNAL PRESS
Linux Journal Press publishes computer books on
cutting-edge Linux
topics that help to advance the acceptance and
usability of Linux. An
imprint of No Starch Press
(http://www.nostarch.com), Linux Journal
Press titles are developed in partnership with Linux
Journal
(http://www.ssc.com and
http://www.linuxjournal.com).

Media Contacts:
No Starch Press, Amanda Staab, 415-863-9900,
amanda@nostarch.com
Loki Software, Kayt Sorhaindo, press@lokigames.com

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