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Video Game Programming for Kids, Second Edition by Jonathan S. Harbour

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Chapter 11

Attack of the Alien Beetles

This chapter is completely different from all those that came before. Different is not always a good thing, but in this case different is most definitely better! You are going to learn to use bitmap files rather than game graphics drawn inside BASIC. You’ve made some very good games with graphics, but now I want to show you how to make a game using graphics loaded from a file.

The only problem with loading graphics is that you need to have the file in order for the game to work. If you don’t have the bitmap files for the game, it won’t run. So, I’ll show you first where to get the bitmaps (the artwork) for the game and where to put it. The rule is generally this: Put the bitmap files in the same directory ...

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