As you can probably tell, being on this website and all, I have an interest in becoming a game developer. A while back I messed around in game maker and I loved it, I've done that on and off for probably around 4 years, but I haven't got much to show for it. Recently, I started to take this seriously, and wanted to take my interests further. So I decided to learn a new language. After looking up some stuff about lots of languages, I decided I will learn as much as I can off all of them, but the language that I want to invest my time in primarily is C++, from the looks of it and what people have said, it seems to be the most widely used in professional game development, but also one of the most difficult. Now I have made a "Hello World" program (One of the many variants I have seen, as there were multiple tutorials that explained how to do the same thing in different ways) but I wish to progress but have no idea how to go about it. Usually when I try to learn something, I set myself up with a project and do that, instead of just going over things, so I was wondering if there was a good way I can do this with C++, preferably a game to make, maybe a text based game, seems like a logical thing to do, instead of aiming for an mmo But alas, my knowledge on the matter is limited, and I never really got far enough into game maker to know how to replicate the ideas onto this new language, that is why I have come to this community, I hope you can help me with this problem I am having. So thank you, and sorry for making you read all that.
EDIT: Also, I'm not very knowledgeable on the extension things either, like libraries and such, so if someone could explain what they do that would be nice. Thank you.