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I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Post icon  Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:16 PM

Let me say it again

I know absolutely nothing about game programing
But I really want to do it...business software is boring....

So where should I start?

Books-websites...remember...absolutely NOTHING at all what so ever

My knowledge spans from websites to business software in OOP, I don't know C++ at all...but I have done some Java...but I have worked most recently w/ PHP and CF

What are some must knows before I dive into game programming?

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#2 Israel  Icon User is offline

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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 03 November 2007 - 12:24 AM

If you know some Java I would recommend learning applets. There are lots of things you can do with applets to create games. If I were you I would also do some research on OpenGL.
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 05 November 2007 - 10:28 AM

I would recommend using a newbie tool such as 3DGameStudio or GameMaker before hitting the code.
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 05 November 2007 - 11:32 AM

I was thinking about just picking up C++ first and then moving forward with games...what do you guys think about this list?

http://www.cprogramming.com/books.html
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 05 November 2007 - 08:29 PM

I guess what I would like to know, is if I were going to say go to school for game programming...how is it first presented...I would like some book suggestions to game theory...there is so much on amazon it makes my head spin, i don't know whats crap and whats not. I have a degree in software engineering, I can learn it on my own..hell I got my degree on my own..I just need to know where to start...if any of you out there have actually perused a degree in game programming or you just know of some good books... please post them
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 05 November 2007 - 09:53 PM

View Postsupersssweety, on 5 Nov, 2007 - 08:29 PM, said:

I guess what I would like to know, is if I were going to say go to school for game programming...how is it first presented...I would like some book suggestions to game theory...there is so much on amazon it makes my head spin, i don't know whats crap and whats not. I have a degree in software engineering, I can learn it on my own..hell I got my degree on my own..I just need to know where to start...if any of you out there have actually perused a degree in game programming or you just know of some good books... please post them


As far as game design goes, I've read some books on just video game design. Worthless. Just read my project log entry on game design, I tell you all you need to know. But if you must, there's nothing better than analyzing games you like.
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 06 November 2007 - 04:15 AM

If you have a lot of experience with software development already, then you should just start by coding. Game programming isn't vastly different, though you'll find there are some changes to how you'll want to structure your code.

A couple articles on basic game designs:
http://blogs.msdn.co...-structure.aspx
http://weblogs.asp.n...1/23/62432.aspx

long read, but covers a solid engine design:
http://www.gamedev.n...ity2/layout.gif
http://www.gamedev.n...res/enginuity1/

http://www.gamedev.n.../article822.asp


I strongly recommend AVOIDING programs like GameMaker if you want to learn how a game actually works, instead of just creating content for an existing system.

Make a simple skeleton frame with the initilization, graphics rendering, game logic and data clearly organized and seperate. Once you have that throw in some content and make a simple tic tac toe or breakout or anything really simple.

If you decide to try OpenGL for graphics, Nehe has some great tutorials :
http://nehe.gamedev....on.asp?index=01
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 06 November 2007 - 07:47 AM

thanks guys, I will check out all of your resources
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:13 AM

tHE BOOK Beginning .NET Game Programming in VB .NET
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:22 AM

Thanks for the input. This thread is 1 year old, I am sure it is still relevant to her
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 17 October 2008 - 08:26 AM

This ranks as one of the worst necros ever.
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Re: I know absolutly nothing about game programming

Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:34 AM

View PostKYA, on 17 Oct, 2008 - 08:26 AM, said:

This ranks as one of the worst necros ever.



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Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:43 AM

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