I'm a 3rd year Computer Science student and I would like to get started with building a game engine or at least tinkering with making one. I am curious if there are any good resources to use to get started. I get the idea behind different pieces in the engine, but I'm not really sure about how they fit together. Is there anything out there to help teach me the skeleton of a game engine? So far I've been playing with the idea of a game engine that uses modules built in a circular linked list so that each can do it's computing and then pass move to the next piece of the engine to work.
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To be honest I think the best resource here will be to simply pull apart some existing games and engine to see how they work. There is nothing like seeing first hand how a running production engine work. Its also a hell of a lot more fun than reading a book cover to cover.
You could start with Unity - I personally really love its high-level component-based game development design. It is arguably regarded as one of the best designed engines in the industry in terms of getting your game from zero to market. The core rendering components are hidden from you in this closed source engine however, so you won't learn much where the hardcore rendering is concerned.
For the really core components of an engine I would go take a good look at Orge. Download the source and build it. The examples that come with Ogre will provide you with the entire end-to-end process, and there is some really cutting edge stuff going on in Ogre development right now too (Procedural terrains, DX11 support, etc). Almost all the key components are represented in Ogre and its scene managers are actually pretty well designed.
I found this website to be quite handy if you're thinking of heading down the directx path: http://rastertek.com/tutindex.html They seem to have a well organised structure and, while they're mainly working on the rendering side of things, it might be worth checking out?
Also, "Frank D. Luna" has a really good range of books for DirectX programming (new directx 11 book published recently) which heads more into the game-engine side of things.