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Anyone know a simple isometric game or engine in C++ with good comments? Even something such as you control a circle and just move it around would be nice. I looked at the isometrix engine, and it''s quite good except for the fact that it''s not well commented and i don''t know what the directx stuff is. About directx things...what exactly does it do? Anyone know any web tutorials geared toward the beginner? I couldn''t really find any intro ones at this site (quite a lot of great stuff on isometric though!).

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Direct X is Microsoft''s attempt to bring game programming to the Win9X/WinNT.

It makes it easier to write high performance programs with having to worry to much about different chipsets and drivers. If you want to play a sound you just say play the sound and DirectX manipulates the divers to play the sound.

I would download the DirectX SDK from Microsoft (120 megs big). It''s help files are well written. Other than that for DirectX look for online articles from Andre laMothe. He has a few articles here and at GPMega site. Also check out his home page :-

http://www.xgames3d.com

Have you tried doing a search for DirectX tutorials ?

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Isometric games are not really that simple I suggest going smaller..maybe pong or tetris. But first get windows and DirectX under your belt before bustin'' out those games.

Martin

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Thanks for the tip :-)

About simple, I meant just moving around with a map, but it seems you have to know DirectX to do anything these days. Pong would be fun to make :-)

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-- CircusMunkee --
About simple, I meant just moving around with a map, but it seems you have to know DirectX to do anything these days. Pong would be fun to make :-)
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Well, DX is the best thing to use if you don''t want to create a game API yourself.( This is a job of many months. ) DX is the simplest API to use in order to interface with anything on the system like video cards and stuff like that( ie: sound card, network card... ) Anyhow, those are my 2 cents worth...





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DirectX SDK is NOT well commented, infact I find it nearly impossible to understand.

The best way to learn to program is to get books. A good book for what you are looking for is Sams Teach yourself DirectX7 in 24 hours for only $20 on amazon.com. The book is totally geared for the game developer. Then move onto more advanced DirectX books and game programming books, particularly the ones by Andre LaMothe.

There are very few free tutorials, and the ones you can find do dont cater to the total beginner. So go buy a book.

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