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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:29 PM

iv been trying to learn programming, but i feel like im more of a creative person. programming is alright but i just cant get thru all the boring coding! i constantly come up with ideas i wish i could bring to life is the reason i wanted to learn programming, but i just dont think its gonna work.

im stuck between a rock and a hard place here, i want to make my ideas tangible and real, but the programming eats my brain away like a cancer! what do i do?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

Doubt you can get the ideas to come to life any more if you are just designing.

Other things to do:
- Learn computer graphics.
- Learn electronic music composing and sound effects.
- Start to use some game engine.
- Think small.

And keep that in mind: Winners never quit, quitters never win.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:45 PM

well what is a game engine i can use that needs no, or very little programming, maybe just some easy scripting...

computer graphics...hmm sounds interesting, how do i get into that?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:51 PM

There are probably some that require little to none scripting experience but I haven't really worked with any of these. Unity is a good 3D engine that can also do 2D games but as with any advanced piece of software, it takes some getting used to. Unity uses C# as it's scripting language. I hope someone with more engine's experience can help you more.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:55 PM

ok thanks. how much C# will i need to know to use unity3d???

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:58 PM

Nothing too fancy, scripting usually isn't stuck behind programmers knowledge of the language but programmers problem solving skills. Posted Image
Unity is definitely something to download and learn if you want results fast.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:02 PM

thanks man :) definitely look into it. i think i just wore down my enthusiasm right now, iv been googling everything from, what is .tryparse mean in C#?! to, would i need to buy a server to host a small fps game with my friends . lol... 12 AM where i live, and i felt like raging the internet and kicking my computer haha.

thanks for your input tho, very much appreciated!

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:50 AM

iv been trying to learn programming, but i feel like im more of a creative person. programming is alright but i just cant get thru all the boring coding! i constantly come up with ideas i wish i could bring to life is the reason i wanted to learn programming, but i just dont think its gonna work.


In my humble opinion, game design and programming goes hand in hand.

Some ideas cannot be implemented or have to be modified due to programming limitations. Also, great ideas can arise from the features/limitations of the programming language.

well what is a game engine i can use that needs no, or very little programming, maybe just some easy scripting...


Flash/Actionscript! I started with that. It is very very easy, and there are lots of tutorials on the internet, AND you can always ask on flash game portals like Newgrounds for help if you get stuck.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:11 AM

Have more patience bro.
You decided last week which language you are going to learn.
Give it some more time.
XNA and C# is one of the easiest ways to create games for beginners.

Maybe it's just a phase of self-doubts/overload/hate for all and everyone and it will go away.(every programmer goes through it from time to time >:<)

However, AS3 is the easiest way to go. (if flashgames are okay for you).

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:06 AM

If you're going to do anything serious in life, there's always going to be boring work most of the time. Even P. Diddy needs to do paperwork. But there are many ways to make the work a lot more fun by putting it within fun contexts. Console programming (the window, not the XBOX lol) can be really fun if you do it with fun information, like trying to learn how to make Arrays with Pokemons and print it out on-screen.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:44 AM

thanks everyone. i am going to try and stick with learning programming, but also maybe branch out to some art work.

i will try-out these engines to maybe get some quick sketches of my ideas tho just to get it out and real :)

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:50 PM

I would actually suggest you watch this:

http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/so-you-want-to-be-a-game-designer

I'm currently studying at university to go into game design, and I've asked around. A game designer in the industry (working at Riot games) pointed this out to me, and it also holds up with a lot of other research I've done.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

I would actually suggest you watch this:

http://penny-arcade....a-game-designer

I'm currently studying at university to go into game design, and I've asked around. A game designer in the industry (working at Riot games) pointed this out to me, and it also holds up with a lot of other research I've done.

thanks man that helps alot :)

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:44 AM

There is only one answer appropriate to this question and if you don't know the answer to it then allow me to offer some advice from here

http://www.earthstar.co.uk/deep1.htm

However if you are still stuck for an answer then the truth be told I cannot help you.

If I tell you yes, then at best I serve as validation to help bolster against self-doubt.
If I tell you no, then at worst I have bolstered your self-doubt.
If I simply tell you to make up your own mind, then maybe just maybe you will make the decision and thus embark on your life.

The end boss in a game is the road you walk in life.


And last of all but definitely not least: one determination made by Socrates is this - those who had the confidence to make decisions (whether good or bad decisions) tended to have more successful lives then those who didn't.

Either way I like your Avatar :)

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:15 AM

I'm late posting on this but, if you want easy or little scripting and you want 2D games, use Game Maker. Great were made with it. It has a language for the engine (game maker language) And you don't need to use it. For 3D you can use Unity. It uses easier languages. But you can use blender. Programming is more complex but also has 'logic bricks' like game maker. And it's good for 3D modeling and can be used with Unity. And it has a cool animation and video editor.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:30 AM


I would actually suggest you watch this:

http://penny-arcade....a-game-designer

I'm currently studying at university to go into game design, and I've asked around. A game designer in the industry (working at Riot games) pointed this out to me, and it also holds up with a lot of other research I've done.

thanks man that helps alot Posted Image


Excellent video! Posted Image




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