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One book done

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Well, I finished one book, on to my second book. I am also writing the story for the game I want to work on. Writing this is almost making me want to be a designer :)

Anyway, I have a question...

I am not sure how to word this, but here goes:

I am very new to programming with C++. I want to learn and get involved with teams. The best way for me to learn is to jump in on a project and learn along the way. Problem is, is that I am not so sure if it is fair for me to offer my help in the Help Wanted forum.

What do you all think? Go for it, or keep learning on my own?
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You won't learn all of your knowledge in books.

I say that you program games completely on your own for a while (that is, no tutorial or anything to follow in a book) so that you can figure everything from start to finish and all of the design choices by yourself.

I've been doing programming for about a year and a half now, and I wouldn't want to commit myself to doing game projects with others yet, until I'm confident that I can help everyone out and design well-made games. This is why I'm doing mini-games on my own (Tetris, Connec4, custom-made games, etc).

So yea, unless you feel that you can really develop projects start-to-finish and make smart and effective coding choices, I'd say just stay lone-wolf for a while. :)

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I think it's very worthwhile to create a very simple game. Very simple, like pong or something you might think equally easy. Then you'll have a much better idea of what a team might expect of you.

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