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Posted 16 Sep 2013Spiral Knights is a mainstream online game that was created by SEGA (world-renowned game company) and is coded in Java. There's also Wakfu, which was originally a Flash game called Dofus, but later expanded to become Wakfu and is Java-based. The company Puppy Games uses Java to code all of their games.
All that those examples illustrate is that Java is just as effective to code games in as any other language. The whole compile once, debug everywhere rap that Java gets is typically a result of poor programmers, not Java. If the programmers don't understand the subtle differences between Unix and Windows systems then they code accordingly (i.e. not cross compatible). However, if you apply proper programming practices, and stick to using core Java wherever possible, then you essentially help yourself by instantaneously making any application (game or otherwise) instantly available on 3 different OSes (Win, Mac, Linux).
Is it easy? No. Is there a depth of documentation available? No. Why? Because the overall shared developer opinion is that games should be coded in C (or some derivative). Why C? Because everything is available for C before it's available for anything else. It's a numbers problem, not an "better" problem.
If you want to start somewhere with Java game programming then I suggest java-gaming.org.
If you want to see a very rough example of a simple game coded exclusively in Java, this is an example of Battleship Solitaire that I worked out (and I'm by no means any sort of developer/programmer/etc. just a hobbyist). There are other examples too from this very forum and its members: Tetris, Pong.
Programming (in this day and age) is only limited by imagination/talent, less so by the language you choose (speaking in terms of higher level languages and abstractions).
And don't forget the big guy: Jagex.
Posted 12 Sep 2013Basically we need to interview a computer scientist and use their information to make a fake username. So if anyone could help please email me. /> Sorry if I'm coming off as a little rude.
Did I really just say "make a fake username" omg /> I'm so tired, I meant make a fake resume...
I love how you corrected yourself and not actually edited what you wrote
Posted 12 Sep 2013Great advice, pretty much sums it up
Posted 12 Sep 2013Which language? But, you know, your question is more broad than that. Desktop or Web? Frontend or backend? Maybe mobile development?
Thinking purely in job offers I believe the top 2 are C# and Java. But there is a lot to consider:
Posted 12 Sep 2013Someone should start a blog
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