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Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:40 PM
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 05:43 PM
You are aware you'll be writing in C#, correct?
I got a group of 4 friends from my c++ class and we are going to make a game in XNA
Have you worked on a joint project before?
Like Mirror's Edge?
Our idea is to make a 1st person platformer
Don't make an engine, just make a game. It's a sentiment repeated a lot around here. Unless you mean "engine" in the sense that you'll spend the summer learning how to get basic elements to work and writing some of the framework code. Otherwise, an engine is an abstracted set of tools that can be reused for multiple games. That's just adding way too much to the workload for what you want to do. Make the game do what you want it to, and then maybe you'll have some elements you can pull out at the end that would be a good seed for a future engine.
just wondering what you guys think about making a game engine
Use a code repository and versioning tool like SVN or Git, it'll save you a LOT of headache. Trust me.
sharing the work evenly
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 02:35 PM
Also you need to learn HLSL, which is fundamental, otherwise your game won't even show on screen, (and if you use the built in shaders your game will look like crap) the good thing is that it looks like C# in the code, but the math related to it its kind of crazy.
I'm not saying don't do it, but it is a pain, so be prepared for it, there also that great fealing of making a game with your own rules that makes it all worth it.
Edited by winsrp, 07 June 2012 - 02:36 PM.
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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:06 PM
well, I would advice to first take some C# classes, or tutorials, since moving from C++ to C# is not exactly a smooth walk in the park.
Totally agree with winsrp. Maybe you guys should try your hand at some simpler projects in C++ to learn the ropes a bit before making the leap to 3D game programming in an unfamiliar language? The beginning experience you gain is the most valuable, and when you go for long periods of coding without seeing any results it tends to do a number on your morale (and being in a team you want to keep that as high as you can).
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:27 AM