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#1 ghostman72   Members   -  Reputation: 100

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:04 PM

Hi, I want to learn how to create games and how to write code, I have a very very basic understanding of code however im willing to learn and put in the hours. I thought as my first project I would try to create a racing game similar to Mario kart with graphics similar to those of Mario kart on the n64. However if you believe this would be too difficult then I could always try and create an easier style of game first.

My main problem so far has been trying to find out which language to learn as every website/guide says different things, and also which software I will require. I don't have a lot of money so free software would be ideal. I have no idea where to start so any links to good tutorials would be great.

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#2 Zael   Members   -  Reputation: 154

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:13 PM

This has been posted many times before. In short though:

C# and XNA are good for a beginner. You should probably be prepared to make your first several programs (games) text based stuff to get a feel for program flow and the art of programming. Visual Studio Express edition is free from Microsoft's website. I don't actually do much C# myself, so I can't really help as far as tutorials go.

Good luck!

#3 bglanzer   Members   -  Reputation: 459

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

We really need a sticky for this question I think I see it at least two times a week.

I agree with Zael. C# and XNA are a good start. go here for a tutorial on c#

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#4 ndssia   Members   -  Reputation: 172

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:15 PM

If you want to work up to Mario Kart 64, I would suggest a 2D top-down racer with "heads" representing the characters; add in collision, items, traffic light boost(!), etc.

Once you have something like that done, you'll know what needs to be done, bar a bit of extra reading for 3D.




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