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SDL Game Development by Shaun Mitchell

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What makes up a game

Outside the design and gameplay of a game, the underlying mechanics are essentially the interaction of various subsystems such as graphics, game logic, and user input. The graphics subsystem should not know how the game logic is implemented or vice versa. We can think of the structure of a game as follows:

What makes up a game

Once the game is initialized, it then goes into a loop of checking for user input, updating any values based on the game physics, before rendering to the screen. Once the user chooses to exit, the loop is broken and the game moves onto cleaning everything up and exiting. This is the basic scaffold for a game and it is what ...

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