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Hi Everyone. I am very serious about programming some of my own games or at least get started on programming my own games. Basically I need to know which package to get. The Dark Basic and Dark Basic Pro look very tempting but I have heard a lot comments about using DIV Studio 3. Which should I get, I am not really sure what type of games I won''t to attempt to make but at first I would have a go at making a 2d style platform game and then progress in to the 3d area in time. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciayted. Thanks Ross.

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It depends on your scope. If you want to make cool looking games without a lot of space (you can''t write your own engine etc.) then try DarkBASIC (I tried the DIV trial but found DarkBASIC a lot more efficient and easier too).

However if you want to be a BIG TIME programmer with a lot of flexible options use C/C++ or JAVA (or any other universal language).

As an answer to your query of DB or DIV I would recommend DB. I started on DB for 3 months before starting C++/JAVA anyway.

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Thanks for your info, looks like DB is the way to go for the moment. Could I build a cheap and easy 2d platform games at all or does DB really focus on 3d environments.

Also do you think I should start with the Dark Basic or use the new and improved Dark Basic Pro. I was looking at amazon and Dark Basic is pretty cheap now and I noticed that the Pro Version is a lot more but if its worth it in the long run I will go down that route.

Thanks again.

R.

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Well, I would learn C++ and start programming simple games, later use a API like DirectX/OpenGL.

It''s hard if you never programmed before, but with a book on C++ you will soon be able to do lots of neat things

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should also check out
http://www.truevision3dsdk.com/truevision3d/

another visual basic engine. havent played with it but looks interesting. i believe its free if you release freeware games and maxs out a $150 for commericial games. could be wrong though

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