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New to programming, will love simple games to practice!

Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:40 PM

Well I am currently in college as a computer programmer. I am very interested in creating games. I love playing them so why not create them. Im learning right now about c++ and cobol and will be learning java. I would like to see where I need to start to persue gamming. what I can learn on my own. Any help would be lovely.
thank you!
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:36 PM

THe pinned threads are good to read.. like this one:
http://www.dreaminco...ing-start-here/
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:02 AM

Also note that making games vs. playing them is a very different experience, so don't get them confused.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:57 AM

Also when you are new to programming, making games is not an easy task.
I have been programming for 3 years now and i just started on (simple) game programming and itīs hard, at least for me.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:10 PM

I would recommend you starting with a simple game like Tic-Tac-Toe, as your second I would recommend "pick n' sticks" style of game. I would recommend you to watch tutorials by LussikaMage.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:57 PM

Maybe if you want to do something simple, start with something like pong... single player style haha. I started with just a single player pong style game then added multiplayer and AI. But I also like jumping into something with no knowledge and learn as I go. I find its the best way to learn the API's im using anyways.
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Re: New to programming, will love simple games to practice!

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:40 PM

View Postcynthia.butler, on 14 March 2012 - 04:40 AM, said:

Well I am currently in college as a computer programmer. I am very interested in creating games. I love playing them so why not create them. Im learning right now about c++ and cobol and will be learning java. I would like to see where I need to start to persue gamming. what I can learn on my own. Any help would be lovely.
thank you!

The truth of the matter is that no-one can tell you what to do, or where to start right now! When you say you are learning various languages, how do I know you are not at day one in learning to program? How proficient are you, in terms of the months spent in each language and the specifics of what you have learned in each language? That way we can take the language you are strongest and most comfortable in and take you down that route.

@Others: Why do you always recommend 'do pong' or 'do tic-tac-toe'?! <_<
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:54 PM

View PostButchDean, on 14 March 2012 - 02:40 PM, said:

@Others: Why do you always recommend 'do pong' or 'do tic-tac-toe'?! <_<


I just mentioned what I started with :). Something I knew how it works and its simple and to the point.

ButchDean is right though. It's not something you can be told how to do. And you have to be extreamly fluent in your language of choice before you can start doing anything producible. It can be done though, but learn your grounds before you hope into this subject.

One bit of advice (and im surprised Butch hasn't mentioned this)
Check our Butchdeans blog ->http://www.dreamincode.net/forums/blog/1509/entry-3151-i-want-to-program-games-as-a-career/

It started me of to a decent start in how I should be thinking when I first started checking out game programming.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:14 PM

Okay, I'll let you off. ;)
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 09:14 PM

Well thank you all. To be more percise this is my basic first semester of actual programming languages. I mostly like the c++ programing. From what I hear almost everyone prefers that? I realized that into this I really didnt want to be a computer programmer I want to be apart of something more fun and exciting (not that making a program for computers isnt :blush: )I really though that I would feel overwelmed with programming but i find myself getting with ppl who have been doing this for awhile and asking them everything and reading up on as much as i can about this. I am not going to give up on this I am still young and have lots to learn and im willing to do what I need to do to get there!!
So thank yall again and I will look up on those sites and forums!
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:47 PM

View Postcynthia.butler, on 17 March 2012 - 04:14 AM, said:

Well thank you all.

No problem, but not sure why you're thanking us! I'll get to why in a minute.

View Postcynthia.butler, on 17 March 2012 - 04:14 AM, said:

I mostly like the c++ programing. From what I hear almost everyone prefers that?

You thank us for the info, but the fact that you ask this question tells me that you haven't taken advantage of blindstone's advice in reading my blog. This leaves me puzzled as to why you're thanking us.

View Postcynthia.butler, on 17 March 2012 - 04:14 AM, said:

I really though that I would feel overwelmed with programming but i find myself getting with ppl who have been doing this for awhile and asking them everything and reading up on as much as i can about this.

If you were reading up on everything you would have read my blog by now as many have. And this isn't 'ereading up as much as you can'. If you were you would be more informed about programming games than you currently are.

View Postcynthia.butler, on 17 March 2012 - 04:14 AM, said:

I am not going to give up on this I am still young and have lots to learn and im willing to do what I need to do to get there!!

Yes, I guess you are still young. Where you have to be careful with game development or any other challenging discipline is that it is easy to satisfy yourself that you are doing enough to progress. You are in fact doing enough to progress when you have completed your first game, nothing less!

View Postcynthia.butler, on 17 March 2012 - 04:14 AM, said:

So thank yall again and I will look up on those sites and forums!

You thank us again! Still puzzled. :online2long:

I don't mean to give you a hard time but as things stand you need to try much, much harder. Good luck, and you can do it if you are prepared to put the solid dedication in. :)
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:56 AM

Well actually after writting that post i did infact check your board. I do like it and I have been reading it and working on my own time to read up on as much as I can. So I was actaully saying thank you for ppl giving me your board so I can read up on that as to other's boards aswell.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:28 PM

guys. i m still new here and i dont understand any thing about coding or which programs i should use to make a game and what is the different btw java--C++...ihope someone help me to learn how i can make a game . thx for Read
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:36 PM

@haryy - perhaps reading some of the pinned threads.. like this one.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:38 PM

If you know nothing of programming, don't get into game programming. It's complciated and you need to know your stuff.

As for where to get started? Read my blog entry : Click Here
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