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hello game development creators, as you can guess from the title, i''m fedup now with game development it''s annoying to see other people boasting about there games there making when i can''t even seem to beable to setup simple software to help me create games, i''ve always wanted to create games love making graphics, but now i think i must give up any chance that i could possibly make a simple side-scroller. yours sincery, jono

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Well it was great having you on the show, sorry no parting gifts today.

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quote:
Original post by LoneStranger
one less person


one person fewer.

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If you''re a beginner, you could try starting a little simpler than a side scroller. And you can always get different software, or try other languages. You don''t have to give up so easily.

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Yes, stick with it! You have to realize that the "other people boasting about there games there making" have a lot of experience. Game programming is really fun, it just takes some pacience. (PS: Did I spell that right?).

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Don''t give up. Just bring your questions here. If you are having a lot of problems, just ask one question at a time. People here will help. Those bozos who answered first might not, but most will.



Make it work.
Make it fast.

"I’m happy to share what I can, because I’m in it for the love of programming. The Ferraris are just gravy, honest!" --John Carmack: Forward to Graphics Programming Black Book

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Yes don''t give up! I felt like giving many times, but now that I understand the basics of C++ and C, I''m moving onto game programming books. I found that the people at GameDev are really good when it comes to answering questions, and they don''t think of you being someone "stupid". Thanks to GameDev for the great support you guys offer.

Don''t Give Up!

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Yeah, absolutely don''t give up! If you want to make games, you can and will, if you stick at it.

My advice would be to try and find a friend who''s interested as well, and learn together. That way, when one of you starts to feel fed up, the other can revitalize them.

And besides, there''s much more to making games than programming. A next-generation 3d engine isn''t much good without some great content to show off on it...

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don''t give up.
I haven''t given up yet.
I have been programming for months and have yet to make a single game.

but no matter how hard it gets I keep trying because I know someday I will make a game and it will be cool.

even if it takes months or years you will be able to learn it.

[edited by - on December 25, 2002 11:41:33 PM]

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I agree with the rest. If you are having trouble and finding it difficult to program game, I would suggest a bit of investment. Go out an buy 1/some books that would help you. I didnt have a clue about DirectX, so I bought "The Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Guru''s", in the first chapter he shows you how to make Breakout in Windows GDI, so you should be easially about grasp the rest of the ideas in the book. From reading a few chapters of the book, I wrote a clone of columns, and if your interested you can see it on my site, www.ciaranmccormack.tk
This game is totally unfinished, but it gave me the confidence and desire to move onto bigger and better things.

As the song says, "The race is long, and in the end its only with yourself!", so keep going at your own pace and enjoy it for the experiences you have.

Giant

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I''m not sure about the former." --Albert Einstein

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Exactly, the key is finding a good initial foothold. Whether it''s a book that explains it from the beginning, or a toolkit with lots of good documentation (like Allegro etc).

Google is also great. Read documentation. If something doesn''t compile, find out why, don''t throw it in the bin.

It is hard work, this is why people get paid for it and do it for a career. Nobody makes a game overnight.


Helpful links:
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way | Google can help with your question | Search MSDN for help with standard C or Windows functions

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If you are _really_ no good at programing, you could even try things like design, music, artwork, etc. Look on Help Wanted or the other respective forums. Perhaps you could ease into programing from there.

Anyway, keep at it, it''s alot of fun, and if you learn some of those other things, it can be realy great to know it all (design, art, music and programing)

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Yeah, I felt exactly like you a few years ago, I was in college, studying C++ Programming. And I looked at every tutorial on the net, and asked in forums such as this one, only it was GPmegasite back then... but I aimed too high, I wanted my first project to be a 3D game, yeah right =D
then I wanted to make a dungeon master style RPG, but I cant draw to save my life, and I didnt know anyone who could, so the project died.
I made some scrolling things, not any complete games though, and all I saw were these people making awesome scrollers, like Abuse, and cool 3D games, clones of Wolf 3D. but all I came up with looked like... crap.

So I gave up, haven''t touched a piece of code since... ubtil about a month ago, when I jsut felt like doing it. and now I''m working on a simple-ish 2D scroller. and thanks to the people on this forum, that have helped me a lot, it actually looks like I''m getting my first PC game together.

My point?
Keep at it, ask these guys here all your questions, make sure you know your language, and keep reading tutorials, and looking at what others are doing for ideas. but DON''T give up!

It''''s nice to be important, but it''''s more important to be nice.

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omg!!!!!!,

what an amazing responce to my post, i checked this post few hours after it being posted but never expected so many replys.

ok, been researching asking lots of questions getting on peoples nerves etc..,

and i''ve come across SDL using VC++, i actually managed to get past to installing and setting up of the software. i was very pleased to get that far. then i searched for tutorials. finding the official ones abit to undocumented. got a tutorial coded a window the open and amazing enough it worked. but then i wanted to start doing more but i can''t seem to find any more decent tutorials there either in another language or the person who''s making these is causing more problems than solving.

so i''m calling out to you all (pokemon style), as alot of you stated you wuold help so please, would you see if you could speed up my finding decent (for beginers) tutorials. Thank You for any kindness you show to me from Jono. many respects

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I use C++ and SDL myself. Goto www.libsdl.org in the documents area or tutorials area you can get examples for SDL. SDL is awesome I use it with OpenGL and I got 3dModels loaded and a tiling engine to work with it. So what I am saying is use SDL its great and good enough for any beginner. Hope that Helps.

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