MTA - Gaming Development Fundamentals

Code: 98-374

Exam 98-374 - MTA - Gaming Development Fundamentals

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Understand game design (25-30%)

  • Differentiate among game types
    • Console, Xbox, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), mobile games, PC games
  • Differentiate among game genres
    • Fantasy, sports, role playing, card, board, first-person shooter (FPS)
  • Understand player motivation
    • Quests, tasks, activities, how to win, game goals
  • Design the user interface
    • UI layout and concepts, asset management, game state, gamer services
  • Understand components
    • Differentiate between tool creation and game programming, understand artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Capture user data
    • Save and restore user data, save and restore game state, handle input states, store data, manage game state, input services
  • Work with XNA
    • Understand the architecture of an XNA game, use built-in XNA tools, work with XNA hierarchy (initialization, update loop, drawing)

Preparation resources

  • Resources for creating a game using DirectX (C++)
  • Getting started with XNA Game Studio development
  • Games for Windows technical requirements: Best practices for games on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Understand hardware (15–20%)

  • Choose an input device
    • Mouse, keyboard, Kinect, console, mobile
  • Choose an output device
    • Screen, television, hand-held devices, sound (local speakers, surround sound systems)
  • Work with the network
    • Set up web services, TCP, UDP, basic management; plan for areas without access to Internet, notifications
  • Manage game performance
    • CPU versus GPU, reach versus HiDef, graphics networking performance, frame rate
  • Understand the different game platforms
    • Console, PC, mobile; compare memory management

Preparation resources

  • Overview of user input and input devices
  • Achieving good performance on different hardware types
  • Hardware and platforms

Understand graphics (25–30%)

  • Understand rendering engines
    • DirectX, video and audio compression, display initialization, resolution (full screen, Vsync, and windowed), transforms
  • Plan for game state
    • Scene hierarchy engine, gametime to handle frame rate variations, understanding games’ main loop (input/update/render), graphics pipeline; understanding the flow of a game, loading, menus, save-load, configuring options (video, audio, keyboard)
  • Draw objects
    • Using bitmaps, sprites, vector graphics, lighting, blending, text, textures, 3D geometry, parallax mapping, and different shaders; 2D versus 3D; creating a sprite font

Preparation resources

  • Displaying graphics
  • Step by step: Developing Windows Mobile game-quality graphics with DirectX
  • Windows Game State Management

Understand animation (25–30%)

  • Animate basic characters
    • Movement, lighting, projections, frames per second (FPS), shaders, apply filters to textures, sprite animation, generate objects from user indexed primitives, matrices, understanding keyframes, motion between keyframes
  • Transform objects
    • Form, deform, move, point distances, planes, interpolation; frames per second (FPS); translation, scale, rotation
  • Work with collisions
    • Per pixel and rectangle collisions, collision detection, collision response, fundamentals of physics simulation

Preparation resources

  • Animating a sprite
  • Transforms how-to topics
  • Transformations and collision testing

Guaranteed to Run

2017-08-21 09:00 to 2017-08-25 17:00
Attend Online
2017-08-21 09:00 to 2017-08-25 17:00
Palm Beach County Florida (Instructor-Led)
2017-08-17
09:00 to 17:00
Mid-Town New York City (Instructor-Led)
2017-08-16 09:00 to 2017-08-18 17:00
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