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Hi. I was very keane to become a game developer. My country is not a highly developed country(Pak). In my city, I found not even one book on DirectX or Game programming. I searched everywhere throughout the city, but couldn''t find any book. I then bought a book on 3dsmax and C++. I learned C++ from a book and also learned some 3dsmax from the book "Mastering 3D Studio Max 4". My brother told me that he could to help, too. I taught my brother a little 3dsmax and allowed him to practice. We both started making some 3d objects for our game. When a very small level with some dumb buildings and houses was made, I told my brother that I want to "render" this level by a C++ program. When I opened up MSDN Documentation and looked at the Direct3D Documentation, I got horribly shocked! It was extremely dreaded. I was bad at math. I couldn''t understand the calculations of normals, vertexes, etc. Every thing was difficult to learn. I was not a good C++ programmer. I stopped the making of 3d models and started to strengthen my C++ skills.I was very sad and I sad to myself. It''s just to difficult. It needs a very fast and strong brain. I then learned a little windows programming using the Win32 API(not MFC). After that, I searched the web for some good DirectX tutorials and articles. Some tutorials were on Direct3D 8(at that time). These tutorials told me that I had to download the DirectX 8 or 9 SDK(DX9SDK is 222 MB!!!). I had a 56K modem. I asked a cousin in US to download it with his BroadBand ISP. He donwloaded it, burnt it to a disc and sent it to me but it was a bad download! I was very sad but then I said to myself. I don''t have the SDK though still I can compile Direct3D samples that are on the MSDN CD! I was very disheartened to write a game. I searched the net and one day found this GameDEV.NET. I looked at its "For Beginners" section and saw the order of topics. DirectDraw was placed before learning Direct3D. I then copied a few DirectDraw samples from my CD and looked at their code. I then used a combination of both the documentation and DirectDraw to create a bouncing ball DirectDraw program. I then learned to write a game console using the articles here at GameDEV.NET. Then I game away full effort and created a Tetris clone game "Blocks". I was very happy. I then created a BreakOut clone "BlastThru". After that I tried to create PacMan but failed to because of problems with electricity system of my country which trashed my CPU. My hard disk, modem, CD-Rom and VGA card got out of order. I am thankful to my parents who bought up a new CPU. I also added a CD-R to my CPU because of the fear. I was very sad that I lost all the source code of my games but I remembered that I had uploaded Blocks and BlastThru both to my website with source code(still available here). I downloaded both the games with source code and made a console to make another game. I successfully wrote a cricket board game, BatBowl. Now-a-days I am creating my own 2D game "The Brutal Vengance". Right now its 20% done. This whole success is only due to the help of GameDEV.NET. The people here guided me when I got into a maze. The articles here helped me to learn every thing properly. I THANK ALL PEOPLE AT GameDEV.NET WHO HELPED ME IN THIS QUEST. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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Wow, I wish I had your perseverance.

Congratulations on your success. If Direct3D is too hard for you, why not go through the NeHe tutorials on OpenGL? They are written in a very understandable form.

Keep up the good code.

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Soccerman, trial versions of 3DS Max come with many of the tutorial books on it.

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Heh... even the books in Pakistan are "pirated." You can grab $80 textbooks for like Rp.100 which is like two dollars. But, it''s not his fault... I doubt he could find legit copies of anything there even if he tried. Hell, the coke they have over there isn''t always real coke.

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Heh... even the books in Pakistan are "pirated." You can grab $80 textbooks for like Rp.100 which is like two dollars. But, it''s not his fault... I doubt he could find legit copies of anything there even if he tried. Hell, the coke they have over there isn''t always real coke.


Are you serious?

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quote:
Original post by Anonymous Poster
Heh... even the books in Pakistan are "pirated." You can grab $80 textbooks for like Rp.100 which is like two dollars. But, it''s not his fault... I doubt he could find legit copies of anything there even if he tried. Hell, the coke they have over there isn''t always real coke.


Are you serious?




I mean, are you serious about the coke not always being real?


[gotta register, so I can edit my damn posts...]

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...wait... what kind of coke are you talking about? The drink or the fine white powder?

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quote:
Original post by Anonymous Poster
quote:
Original post by Anonymous Poster
Heh... even the books in Pakistan are "pirated." You can grab $80 textbooks for like Rp.100 which is like two dollars. But, it''s not his fault... I doubt he could find legit copies of anything there even if he tried. Hell, the coke they have over there isn''t always real coke.


Are you serious?




I mean, are you serious about the coke not always being real?


[gotta register, so I can edit my damn posts...]



Then go register instead of wasting your time asking about Pakistanie Coke.




There''s no town drunk here, we all take turns.

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