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I have started learning C++ (again) just this morning. I had already made a couple atempts when I was younger, like 12, but after a few hours I lost intrest. I am now 14 and have been learning to program for a day. I''ve so far got a gerneral idea of the Windows API and Commands, but I''m still having big trouble with my understanding alot of this stuff, and I have very sucky syntaxx. I dont expect to learn how to program overnight, but i was just wandering how long it would take me to start programing decent games with medioker syntax. Wich brings me to the question: How long did it take for you to get to the point where you could semi-fluently program games like tetris clones ect.??? (this question is mainly directed twards people who program using the DirectX libs, as that is what i plan to learn using) Kuddos!

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It took me 3 months to learn DirectX 6 an C++. My code was ugly and the best I did was a pong clone. So I bought come DX8 books and learned d3d which was a big mistake cuz my code was still ugly without structure. So now I''m back to using 2D games with DirectX 8 and its been about a year and a half and still the best I''ve done is pong.

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hey i''m still in the process of learning.. i''ve been working on game programming for a few months now.. it took me about two months i''d say before i programmed tetris along with a tutorial.. but i''ve had experience with C++ for a while now.. I''d recommend taking the time to become really familiar with C++ first.. then start reading a bit about directx/opengl.. if you really want to do this then take your time and learn things step by step.. i''d say if you wanna work hard.. try making a game in six months.. otherwise figure a year.. it all depends on how fast you learn and how hard you work at it..

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QBASIC - 5 months
PASCAL - 2 weeks
VB - 4 weeks
C++ - 3 weeks
OpenGL - 2 weeks

My first real game(pong) was made in the last month of QBASIC.


"Im from Canada so they say im slow, eh"

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I know whenever i tell people this, they laugh profusly at me while chanting "lol noob!" , but I was sorta thinking about going down to Visual Basic 6 and learning to program games there, VB6 is SOOOOOOO easy, and i think i might learn c++ faster if i use it as a steping stone so to speak...

[edited by - Xer0 on November 30, 2002 12:17:27 AM]

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quote:
Original post by Xer0
I know whenever i tell people this, they laugh profusly at me while chanting "lol noob!" , but I was sorta thinking about going down to Visual Basic 6 and learning to program games there, VB6 is SOOOOOOO easy, and i think i might learn c++ faster if i use it as a steping stone so to speak...

[edited by - Xer0 on November 30, 2002 12:17:27 AM]


Or you could learn C++ first and then learn VB really fast.

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