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First Person Shooter Game

Rex Cason II, Erik Larson, Jonathan Robertson, Jonathan Frisch, George Trice III and Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga



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3D game development is an exciting activity for many students. But getting a handle on 3D game development for novices may be a daunting task. We take this opportunity to present a quick introduction to 3D game development through a few tutorials. For the next few columns a set of tutorials for a 3D first person shooter game developed by graduate and undergraduate students under the guidance of a faculty member from the University of West Florida will be presented. These tutorials were developed with 3D game Studio by Conitec . To follow along, download the software from . These tutorials include all elements of game development such as modeling and animation, lighting, collision detection, sound and scripting. Each tutorial will focus on one or more of these aspects. This week we start out with creating a room and adding some objects to the room. The instructions for this are presented below.

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About the authors

Rex Cason II has been working with Dr. Prayaga in the UWF Game Department for the past few semesters. He currently possesses a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is working towards a Master's degree in Software Engineering at the University of West Florida . Rex is also an active member in the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). In addition to his studies, Rex works part time at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), where he is currently working on developing software to coordinate the actions of semi-autonomous robotic vehicles.

Erik Larson has been working with computers since he had purchased a cheap 386 IBM Compatible in 1995. In 1999, he entered the United States Marine Corps and pursued a specialization in computers. Today he is working towards a Master's degree in Software Engineering with the University of West Florida . He currently possesses Bachelor's degrees in Information Technology and Computer Information Systems with minors in Computer Science, Internet Technologies and e-Business also from the University of West Florida . He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Beta Phi, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honors Societies.

Jonathan Robertson currently works at the Game Design Department of the University of West Florida . A student of UWF as well, his studies is focused on the field of Information Technology and Computer Science.  His experience, though not without focus, is spread out over most if not all areas of Game Design (including but not limited to game development programming, art primarily limited to character design, music, story development, statistical balancing, gameplay enhancement, and minimal project management).

Jonathan Frisch is working for a degree in Digital Media and studying animation/modeling itself and in games and movies. He hopes to get into the animation/modeling field of game development or movie production. His ultimate future goal is to be an independent film writer/director.

George Trice III is an Honors student double-majoring in Interdisciplinary Information Technology: Digital Media and Art with a Digital Specialization. His minor is in Communication Arts. He's been a gamer since age 5. Favorite game of all time: Super Mario World

Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga has recently completed her ED.d program from the University of West Florida . She has been actively working on the influence of games in education. In partnership with Escambia county in Florida , she was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Florida department of education to develop serious games for 7th and 8th graders for mathematics and its relation to real life careers. These games will be implemented during this fall (2007). She is starting a gaming curriculum at the University of West Florida , and some of her students are working on the tutorials for a first person shooter game that will appear in the next few columns.

Cite this writing as follows: Rex Cason, Erik Larson, Jonathan Robertson, Jonathan Frisch, George Trice and Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga : "First Person Shooter Game", in Journal of Object Technology, vol. 7, no. 3, March-April 2008, pp. 25-39

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