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#1 AaronPreston   Members   -  Reputation: 113

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 02:46 PM

Hello everyone, I work with JavaScript daily. I'm pretty new to it, but at the same time I have a good grasp on how the language works. I know that JavaScript isn't a good language to build games with, C++ is a lot better. I want to learn C++, but I have no clue where to start. I am looking for some hands-on C++, if anyone knows where I can find maybe a program or something to start with. That's how I learned JavaScript.

 

I'd really appreciate help in the right direction.



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#2 dejaime   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4119

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 04:18 PM


I know that JavaScript isn't a good language to build games with, C++ is a lot better.

You are being misled.

I am a C++ developer and create practically everything with C++, but I can guarantee you that JavaScript is a great language to build games!

 

You could take a look at this website:

http://www.codeavengers.com/javascript/17

 

and maybe move to Unity with JavaScript (actually, UnityScript, but really, really, similar.)


Edited by dejaime, 31 March 2014 - 04:29 PM.


#3 Glass_Knife   Moderators   -  Reputation: 5949

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:00 PM


You are being misled.
I am a C++ developer and create practically everything with C++, but I can guarantee you that JavaScript is a great language to build games!

 

+1.  Ten years ago, sure, Javascript wasn't a language to use, but that is not the case now.  C/C++ is used by a lot of AAA games because it is very low level and allows them to squeeze out every ounce of processing power they can get.

 

You don't need that.  


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#4 Rifts605   Members   -  Reputation: 240

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:13 PM

I started out with Javascript (and Python), and after about a month or so I decided to move on as well, as I felt C++ would be more applicable to me if I decided to become a game designer or software programmer. I started out with online tutorials at learncpp.com, cplusplus.com, tutorialspoint.com, and cprogramming.com. They are all very beginner friendly, and contain little code snippets to help you get started. I found learncpp.com to be the best for explaining things well, especially in beginner terms, and cplusplus.com is probably the best if you just need a referential point that sounds official. 

 

Beyond this, I would recommend downloading Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 or CodeBlocks, if you haven't already. 


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#5 Kaptein   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 2207

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:13 PM

I don't think you are going to regret just going with game-development for eg. html5. Sure it's not 100% there yet, but it's going to be big. There are a plethora of games out there already, big and small. Your only problems should be quirks here and there - differences between browsers/kits, but we are all used to that. It's more or less equal to the differences between platforms and implementations. You can pretty much create whatever you want.

 

I wish I could paste some links showing you whats out there, but I have forgotten. I don't create games for web, but sometimes I wish I did. :)

I did find something here with a quick Google:

http://www.html5gamedevelopment.com/html5-engines



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:32 AM


and maybe move to Unity with JavaScript (actually, UnityScript, but really, really, similar.)

 

And this probably gets compiled down to MSIL which would be faster than a pure interpreter.


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