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So what you really need is to learn how to make a game from start to finish? It''s not all that easy, I''m afraid. Click to For Beginners link in the Resources section, if you haven''t already.

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when you''re learning anything, search engines are your best friend.

have you really tried Google? I know you should be able to find plenty of tutorials for whatever language you want to learn. you could also use it to find stuff about terms you hear thrown around here (such as API, for instance. which stands for Application Program Interface)

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Ok. Well do you know what is needed to make a game? That´s what the beginner´s sections is about. DirectX and OpenGL are the largest APIs (applications programming interfaces) for game programming, they are sets of libraries that help you manipulate hardware. OpenGL only handle graphics while DirectX handles graphics,input,network and more. I recommend you to get really familiar with C++ before you start using them though.

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You can download the DirectX SDK(contains all you need for DirectX Development and a bunch of examples) from Microsoft ..... it's free, but the download is pretty large (200+MB for the complete version)

Heres the link from Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=08c586cd-ca80-4391-82af-5c4125dedb7f&displaylang=en

[edited by - RuntimeError on October 11, 2003 3:01:52 PM]

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Original post by bloodthirsty vermin
I kinda know c++ but cant afford books (im 13 with no allowance
whatsoever)



Two freely available online books are [url="http://www.mindview.net/Books/TICPP/ThinkingInCPP2e.html"]Thinking in C++[/url] and [url="http://www.relisoft.com/book"]C++ in Action[/url]. I''m sure there are many others. You might also find something at your local library.

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Original post by bloodthirsty vermin and i cant fint tutorials on that stuff



They''re all over the place. Use a search engine like Google or [url]http://www.raging.com[/url].

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and what the heck is an api?


An API is basically a set of libraries that allows your program to interact with the computer. You could learn how to directly manipulate display memory, but it''s much easier and safer to learn a graphics API.

Some of your choices of APIs for Windows are DirectX, OpenGL, [url="http://www.allegro.cc"]Allegro[/url], or GDI (which is part of the Windows API itself).

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You might want to learn Windows API as well (if you are programming for windows), because your game will also have to use that for window setup, thread creation, etc....

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Instead of Direct X or OpenGL, you may want to try: SDL or Allegro. They are much more suited to beginning game programmers.

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Instead of Direct X or OpenGL, you may want to try: SDL or Allegro. They are much more suited to beginning game programmers.
And SDL is a good window into OpenGL later.

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Its is called GDI.

Here are some sites windows api
http://www.relisoft.com/win32/
http://www.global-shared.com/api/
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/winprog/winprog/windows_api_reference.asp

windows GDI
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/gdi/wingdistart_9ezp.asp

http://www.ikthefreak.com/~alta/visgoth/gdi_api.htm
http://archive.devx.com/premier/mgznarch/vbpj/1997/02feb97/hitt.pdf
http://members.bellatlantic.net/~vze22t63/cp.htm

But the thing about GDI it is a lot slower then Directx or Opengl


[edited by - kingpinzs on October 11, 2003 5:37:26 PM]

[edited by - kingpinzs on October 11, 2003 5:40:33 PM]

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Is that a 2D game?

Dev c++ has a directx you will need to download to use with dev c++ not the one from microsoft. It is small and you can do it over a dial up in about 20 min.

[edited by - kingpinzs on October 11, 2003 5:44:00 PM]

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Before you jump into a game you should really get C++ and a API down really good. it will make things a lot lot easier.

RanBlade
"Passion is what drives you to stay up until 4am fixing that bug that hardly anyone would notice...Passion is where great games come from, if you dont live and breathe games you shouldn''t be in the games industry." - Dave Pottinger, Ensemble Studios

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quote:

what is opengl ??????
and i really want to do a partial online part too.
(when you connect the game to the net you have an online world
+ can enter other peoples ranches with their permission.
and is it possible to make a game that never ends?


If all you want to do is make a game then buy a game maker. I think one of them is called click and play (I think). They seem more suited to MOST* kids. Just google for game maker or something.
*I say most because there are exceptions, such as cowsarenotevil and me.

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