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#1 crwilborn1   Members   -  Reputation: 105

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 11:26 PM

Hi guys
Im new to all of this game development and c++ and well pretty much everything. So I would like to know if some of you can help me get started in learning. I do not know what i should start to learn first. I have downloaded microsoft visual but i have no clue what i am doing. A little help would be greatly appreciated in pointing me in the right direction on where to begin learning. Any advice or links would be helpfull.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 02:31 AM

If you wish to learn C++, then here are some great tutorials:

cplusplus.com
xoax.net

The second link contains video tutorials, the first two videos show you how to download and set up Visual Studio and how to create a project.

Many argue that you should learn a simple language as your first, and C++ is anything but simple. If you found it too hard, check out Python, or maybe C# (More beginner-friendly than C++, but is still quite complex)

Once you've learned a language, try to write some text-based games. Again, the second link shows you how to write a simple game every few tutorials, including Tic-Tac-Toe, Blackjack and Chess.

When you feel confident, learn a Graphics API to create 2D/3D games. There are a ton of these, the most famous of which are Directx and OpenGL, since all the other APIs actually build on these.

Also, two advices:

1- Google is your most precious tool. It will give you (almost) everything you need. If it fails you, just ask the pros here :) They've helped me quite a lot!
2- Code, code, code!
"Spending your life waiting for the messiah to come save the world is like waiting around for the straight piece to come in Tetris...even if it comes, by that time you've accumulated a mountain of shit so high that you're fucked no matter what you do. "

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 02:40 AM

Hey, thanks for this information. I have made a few games with an engine (DX Studio), but I wanted to start learning to program 'for real'.


I also have a full copy of Visual Studio '08, but wasn't sure if I should start with C#, C++, try to make a 3d engine, 2d, or just stick with the good ole text games... I will start with your links above, and see where it leads me.

Thanks again.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 03:01 AM

Hey, thanks for this information. I have made a few games with an engine (DX Studio), but I wanted to start learning to program 'for real'.


I also have a full copy of Visual Studio '08, but wasn't sure if I should start with C#, C++, try to make a 3d engine, 2d, or just stick with the good ole text games... I will start with your links above, and see where it leads me.

Thanks again.



Well you could always forgo text games and jump directly to 2d/3d if you feel like you're up to it.

Also, since you mentioned creating an engine in there, you might want to read this

Good luck!
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 11:16 AM

Awesome thanks for the information guys. I did do some google searching seemed like the guides i was finding was starting at a level above beginner. Or just didn't explane enough

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 02:21 PM

You might also want to try checking out www.thenewboston.com . Very good beginner C++ tutorials as well as other languages, I would have been lost without it.




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