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Posted 25 October 2005 - 01:16 AM

Anybody know a good place for a noob to start looking at info on writing games? Possibly a tutorial too?
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:02 AM

We have a Resources (URL: http://resources.dreamincode.net ) section. You will find a number of good resources concerning game development... especially in the C++/C# sub-topic
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:13 AM

Yeah, I looked there first. I was interested by the Flash & actionscript stuff, but the gaming section was only about places to download games. Not about writing them.. But I should have been more specific I guess. I was wanting to learn more about OpenGL. I went to www.opengl.org but it seemed pretty vague to me. Is Open GL an actual language? Or just a grouping of language libraries? Cause all I found on that site was a download of libraries.

EDIT: Ok, I see that OpenGL is in that C++/C# subtopic you put down. Hopefully that will answer all my questions. Thanks! :D

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:23 AM

So you want Flash or OpenGL? hehe
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:29 AM

You know, I'm really not sure to honest. I thought I would just try to find a couple good tutorials and examples of apps, skim through them and figure out which one is more worth my time. More than likely, since I'm ADD I'll probably just read a little of everything.
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:39 AM

I'll be glad to help with any Flash games you'll be trying yourself :) Just post in the Flash & ActionScript forum
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 03:43 AM

Thanks, I'm going a road trip in a couple hours, but I'll do that when I get back.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:34 AM

Moved to the new Game Programming forum for reference.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 02:56 PM

Check the Pinned thread, there are quite some links there.

Also take a look at this:
http://gpwiki.org/
also this:
http://www.devmaster...ame_Programming


If you are looking to making actuall games thats are downloaded and installed, have good graphics and fairly fast. Then you are most likely to be looking to OpenGL or DirectX.

OpenGL is an opensource library. It contains many fast and easy to use APIs to help you create a fast game. Im not knowledgeable in this area.

Directx is Microsoft developed library, that not only contain Graphics APIs, it has APIs for everything. Direct3D and DirectDraw are the Graphics libraries. DirectSound is for sound, DirectInput is for reading input from the user. All of the libraries are really fast, and and work on low level for better peformance. They are developed by Microsoft and you can find huge support on the MSDN online library, for all of the APIs, and Microsoft keeps DirectX updated, every 1-2 months they have a new Update. I found it to be a big hard at the begining but you get used to how it works, and it is pretty comfortable.

I know a lot of people say that OpenGL is too simple and they spend a lot of time wrapping OpenGL in classes, and stuff like that. DirectX also has a better memory managment.

It's all up to you to decide.

Good luck.
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 04:08 PM

If you're interested in OpenGL, http://nehe.gamedev.net/ is the only way to go. 40 or so excellent tutorials, articles, a large library of demos (most with source code!), and a lively forum.
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Post icon  Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:24 PM

Watch out! DirectX gives you LOTS of power but it is HARD to learn. I took me a while to figure out those horrid variable names!
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:32 PM

it has a very long and weird naming system, but I love it. It makes perfect scence to me (so far it does.. :) )
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Post icon  Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:37 PM

What the-

LPDIRECTDRAW7?

DDPIXELFORMAT?

If I either have to kill my thumb and little finger using the SHIFT key or I have to use CAPS LOCK way too much, it's a big problem.

Don't tell me those are normal names.

And what in the world is a DWORD?!
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Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:48 PM

Someone doesn't like the shift key?!

Im ok with the capital letter naming system, a little scary at first when you get into Win32, but after that you get used to it.
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Posted 11 January 2006 - 05:04 AM

Wow... did anyone see when I first posted this?

Posted: 25 Oct, 2005 - 02:13 AM

I can't believe its still going....
Yeah Nehe's tutorials are great!
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