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Game Engine Architecture, Second Edition
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Game Engine Architecture, Second Edition from CRC PressCRC Press has published Game Engine Architecture, Second Edition. Hailed as a "must-have textbook" (CHOICE, January 2010), the first edition of Game Engine Architecture provided readers with a complete guide to the theory and practice of game engine software development. Updating the content to match today’s landscape of game engine architecture, this second edition continues to thoroughly cover the major components that make up a typical commercial game engine.

New to the Second Edition...
* Information on new topics, including the latest variant of the C++ programming language, C++11, and the architecture of the eighth generation of gaming consoles, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4
* New chapter on audio technology covering the fundamentals of the physics, mathematics, and technology that go into creating an AAA game audio engine
* Updated sections on multicore programming, pipelined CPU architecture and optimization, localization, pseudovectors and Grassman algebra, dual quaternions, SIMD vector math, memory alignment, and anti-aliasing
* Insight into the making of Naughty Dog’s latest hit, The Last of Us...

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Digital Media Primer, 3rd Edition
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Digital Media Primer, 3rd Edition from Prentice HallPrentice Hall has published Digital Media Primer, 3rd Edition. For introductory digital media courses in computer science, art, communication, or digital media departments - Tools and Techniques for Understanding and Producing Digital Media.

Digital Media encompasses a wide variety of topics, including the study of image, sound, and video processing, compression, interactive multimedia development, and advanced web programming. Digital Media Primer is designed for students from all disciplines, and teaches the foundational concepts and basic techniques of digital media production. The text is not tied to a specific application program like Flash or Photoshop; instead, the author introduces tools and techniques using a task-based approach and gives the rationale for using those techniques...

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CCNP Routing and Switching v2.0 Official Cert Guide Library
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CCNP Routing and Switching v2.0 Official Cert Guide Library from Cisco PressCisco Press has published CCNP Routing and Switching v2.0 Official Cert Guide Library. The new edition of bestselling CCNP Routing and Switching Official Cert Library is a comprehensive review and practice package for the latest CCNP Routing and Switching exams. The three books contained in this package,CCNP Routing and Switching ROUTE 300-101 Official Cert Guide, CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115 Official Cert Guide, and CCNP Routing and Switching TSHOOT 300-135 Official Cert Guide, present complete reviews and a more challenging and realistic preparation experience. The books will be fully updated to cover the latest CCNP exam topics.

The companion DVDs contains the powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test engine, complete with hundreds of well-reviewed, exam-realistic questions. The assessment engine offers you a wealth of customization options and reporting features, laying out a complete assessment of your knowledge to help you focus your study where it is needed most. The DVDs also each contain more than 60 minutes of personal video mentoring from the author...

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Structural Design for the Stage, 2nd Edition
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Structural Design for the Stage, 2nd Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published Structural Design for the Stage, 2nd Edition. The follow-up to the 2000 Golden Pen Award-winning Structural Design for the Stage, this second edition provides the theater technician with a foundation in structural design, allowing an intuitive understanding of "why sets stand up." It introduces the basics of statics and the study of the strength of materials as they apply to typical scenery, emphasizing conservative approaches to real world examples. This is an invaluable reference for any serious theatre technician throughout their career, from the initial study of the fundamental concepts, to the day-to-day use of the techniques and reference materials.

Now in hardcover, with nearly 200 new pages of content, it has been completely revised and updated to reflect the latest recommended practices of the lumber and steel industries, while also including aluminum design for the first time...

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LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin for 3DS and PS Vita
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LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin Now Available for Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita SystemWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group announced the release of LEGO® Ninjago™: Shadow of Ronin™, available now in all major retail stores across North America for the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system and the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. The LEGO Ninjago game franchise brings the incredible story and world of the “LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” TV series to life once again with LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin.

“We’ve worked to make LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin the most expansive handheld adventure through the world of Ninjago yet,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “With the addition of such a dynamic new villain as Ronin, combined with well-known enemies, players will be able to embark on an exciting new journey.” With the help of his army of dark samurai, Ronin is on a mission to steal the Ninjas’ memories using an ancient and powerful weapon called the Obsidian Glaive. Players will...

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital
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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY on Digital HD May 1st and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 8th from Universal PicturesThe story of a searing love affair between a naïve college student and a billionaire entrepreneur, Fifty Shades of Grey, will have women worldwide planning a special Friday night in when the provocative love story comes home for the first time. Fans of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will be able to have the ultimate at-home movie experience when Fifty Shades of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.

Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle...

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THESE FINAL HOURS on Blu-ray and DVD
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THESE FINAL HOURS debuts on Blu-ray and DVD May 12th from Well Go USADirector Zak Hilditch’s (Plum Role) last-day-on-earth road movie THESE FINAL HOURS debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD May 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Selected to be screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the apocalyptic thriller stars Nathan Phillips (Snakes on a Plane), Sarah Snook (Predestination), Angourie Rice (Walking With Dinosaurs), Jessica de Gouw (“Arrow”), Kathryn Beck (Not Suitable For Children), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook) and Lynette Curran (Japanese Story). An asteroid lands in the North Atlantic and ignites a firestorm of destruction, destroying much of the civilized world. A young man (Phillips) on his way to an end-of-the-world party makes a detour to help a little girl return home before time runs out.

Synopsis: In this apocalyptic drama, James (Nathan Phillips) is a troubled young man on a mission. He’s desperate to join his girlfriend Vicky (Kathryn Beck) at the ‘party to end all parties’ and numb any feelings as the world comes to an end...

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WITH THIS RING on DVD from Sony Pictures
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WITH THIS RING debuts on DVD June 2nd from Sony PicturesWITH THIS RING, the romantic comedy based on the best seller, “The Vow,” written by Angela Burt-Murray, Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller, debuts on DVD June 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Originally premiering on the Lifetime network executive produced by Gabrielle Union, the film stars Regina Hall (Think Like a Man franchise) as Trista, a career-driven talent agent; GRAMMY Award Winner Jill Scott (Get On Up) as Viviane, a successful gossip columnist; and Eve Cooper (Barbershop) as Amaya, a struggling actress. After attending their best friend’s wedding nuptials, the three single friends make a promise to get married within the next 12 months. WITH THIS RING follows these modern day women as they all face their own set of challenges in finding romance and in their relationships with one another. The film also stars Stephen Bishop (“Being Mary Jane”), Jason George (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Brooklyn Sudano (“My Wife and Kids”) and Brian White (The Night Before).

WITH THIS RING has a teleplay by and is directed by Nzingha Stewart (“Pretty Little Liars”) and is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Executive producers are Tracey E. Edmonds (Jumping the Broom) and Sheila Ducksworth (TV’s “Soul Food”) through Edmonds Entertainment, as well as...`

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The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X, 2nd Edition
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The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X, 2nd Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X, 2nd Edition. Master invaluable workflow tips that will allow you to tap into the full power of Final Cut Pro X and achieve results quickly, regardless of your skill level.

Rick Young’s Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X, Second Edition is the ultimate mentor for getting up and running with Apple’s professional editing software. In this step-by-step, full-color guide, Young clearly explains the key concepts and vital knowledge you need to edit your project from start to finish, providing clear, time-saving instruction on producing and outputting using Final Cut Pro X. This new edition has been updated to include:

* A thorough introduction to Final Cut Pro X and the philosophy by which the software works
* Coverage of the complete postproduction process, including setup, importing, editing, audio, effects, and output...

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Light Science and Magic, 5th Edition
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Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, 5th Edition from Focal PressFocal Press has published Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, 5th Edition. Photographic lighting is a topic that will never go out of style, no matter how sophisticated cameras and other technology get. Even with the most high-tech gear, photographers still need to put a lot of thought and vision into lighting their photographs in order to get great results. This key skill has the power to dramatically and quickly improve photographs.

Light Science and Magic provides you with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light, with examples and instructions for practical application. Featuring photographs, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions, this book speaks to photographers of varying levels. It provides invaluable information on how to light the most difficult subjects, such as surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, extremes (black-on-black and white-on-white), and portraits...

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Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 4th Edition
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Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 4th Edition from Prentice HallPrentice Hall has published Data Structures and Abstractions with Java, 4th Edition. Data Structures and Abstractions with Java is suitable for one- or two-semester courses in data structures (CS-2) in the departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Business, and Management Information Systems. This book is also useful for programmers and software engineers interested in learning more about data structures and abstractions.

This is the most student-friendly data structures text available that introduces ADTs in individual, brief chapters — each with pedagogical tools to help students master each concept. Using the latest features of Java, this unique object-oriented presentation makes a clear distinction between specification and implementation to simplify learning, while providing maximum classroom flexibility...

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CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 Official Cert Guide
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CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 Official Cert Guide from Cisco PressCisco Press has published CCNA Data Center DCICT 640-916 Official Cert Guide. This book enables you to succeed on the exam the first time and is the only self-study resource approved by Cisco. A team of leading Cisco data center experts shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills.

This complete, official study package includes:
-- A test-preparation routine proven to help you pass the exam
-- “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes, which enable you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section
-- Part-ending exercises, which help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly
-- The powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Testsoftware, complete with hundreds of well-reviewed, exam-realistic questions, customization options, and detailed performance reports
-- Study plan suggestions and templates to help you organize and optimize your study time
-- A final preparation chapter that guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your review and test-taking strategies...

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INSIDE AMY SCHUMER: Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD
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INSIDE AMY SCHUMER: Seasons 1 and 2 coming to DVD on April 7th from Comedy CentralStraight from Amy Schumer's provocative and hilariously wicked mind, Inside Amy Schumer explores sex, relationships and the general clusterf**k that is life with sketches, stand-up comedy and woman-on-the-street interviews.

Inside Amy Schumer is an Emmy-nominated sketch show on Comedy Central, starring Amy Schumer and Executive Produced by Schumer, Daniel Powell (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jessi Klein (Saturday Night Live).

Bonus features include:
• Outtakes & Deleted Scenes
• Video Commentary on select episodes
• Photo Gallery

Additional Info:
• Includes all 20 episodes from Seasons 1 and 2, uncensored with exclusive special features
• Guest stars include Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Parker Posey (“Louie”), Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”), Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), Patrick Warburton (“Seinfeld”)...

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T-SQL Querying from Microsoft Press
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T-SQL Querying from Microsoft PressMicrosoft Press has published T-SQL Querying. T-SQL insiders help you tackle your toughest queries and query-tuning problems. Squeeze maximum performance and efficiency from every T-SQL query you write or tune. Four leading experts take an in-depth look at T-SQL’s internal architecture and offer advanced practical techniques for optimizing response time and resource usage. Emphasizing a correct understanding of the language and its foundations, the authors present unique solutions they have spent years developing and refining. All code and techniques are fully updated to reflect new T-SQL enhancements in Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2012.

Write faster, more efficient T-SQL code:
* Move from procedural programming to the language of sets and logic
* Master an efficient top-down tuning methodology
* Assess algorithmic complexity to predict performance
* Compare data aggregation techniques, including new grouping sets...

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Mario Party 10 for Wii U from Nintendo
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Crash the Biggest Party with Bad Guy Bowser in Mario Party 10 for Wii UOn March 20, you are invited to the biggest and baddest bash of the year: Mario Party 10 for Wii U! In addition to a power-packed lineup of new features, new boards and new mini-games, new revelers join the Mario Party fun in the game’s ground-breaking Bowser Party and amiibo Party modes. When bad guy Bowser crashes the party to playfully torment up to four additional players on Team Mario, the franchise’s social experience takes an unprecedented and deviously good turn. In amiibo Party mode, which requires at least one compatible amiibo figure to access, you and up to three other players can tap amiibo to the Wii U GamePad controller to play with and customize your amiibo, and change a portion of the board to match your character.

To add more fun to the Mario Party 10 game, a new set of amiibo called the Super Mario series will also launch simultaneously on March 20. The Super Mario series features the amiibo debut of Toad, as well as new designs for Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach and Yoshi. The new “Super Mario series” Mario amiibo design will be available exclusively in a Mario Party 10 bundle that also launches on March 20 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The other amiibo figures will be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $12.99 each...

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