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ok i get C++. and now i need to learn to make games. my question is what book can i buy that will teach me how to do this. now i dont really care what API it uses. but i need a book that will be useful for learning. now ive looked at several books but i need some more help. I was looking at Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus . but im not too sure about taht book. i also looked at RPG game programming. and a couple other books i need some advice plz.

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Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus is an excellent introduction to game programming, it covers many fundamental topics which will get you started. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get started in game development.

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I recommend "OpenGL Game Programming" ... since you dont care what api, this is the best book you can read at the beginning. You may know, this book uses OpenGL for graphics and DirectSound/Input for other tasks, you can easily create your own oppinion about both API-style and usage.

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Before you buy a book, look and see what you like more. Open each book and look at the source. Do you like the way the code looks? Make sure you aren''t just choosing one because someone told you so, see for yourself.

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"Tricks of the windows" worked for me, but it teaches some bad habits, and you shouldn''t be satisfied with that book alone.

If you really enjoy making games, you should get a book about game designing (How important designs are? I can''t even begin to describe), and generally read as much as you can from tutorials and things because Tricks of the windows covers allot but not everything.

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whats better to start with:

Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Windows Game Programming for dummies
Programming Role Playing Games with DirectX 8.0


[edited by - QzarBaron on October 29, 2003 7:37:44 PM]

[edited by - QzarBaron on October 29, 2003 9:06:36 PM]

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quote:
Original post by QzarBaron
whats better to start with:

Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Windows Game Programming for dummies
RPG game programming

IMO, Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus.

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QzarBaron -

Tricks is a great book and I would recommend that as a start. The most important thing here is to read the books first if you can. I would suggest going to your local book store and grabbing a few of the books suggested above and having a good skim over most of the sections and try and read as much of a single chapter that most interests you.

The content for most intro books is very similar and so the important thing is the style of the writer. Find a book that you are most confortable and give it a go.

Good luck.

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Heh I wish I had the all this info when I got my C++ book cause I got the crapy "Teach yourself C++ in 21 days" But someday when im not so poor I ll get a new one and this time ill check to see if I acctualy can learn from it instead of reading it 20 or so times wondering "What the &*$&*! "

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Heh I wish I had the all this info when I got my C++ book cause I got the crapy "Teach yourself C++ in 21 days" But someday when im not so poor I ll get a new one and this time ill check to see if I acctualy can learn from it instead of reading it 20 or so times wondering "What the &*$&*! "




Teach is a very good book for understanding the common coding practices

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How come there are so many "Learn a prog lang in 21 days" books out there? I mean, when I go to book stores, I see a WHOLE stack of "Sam''s Teach Yourself C++ in 21 days"! Just because it has a blue cover and looks professional doesn''t mean it''s good. My friend bought one, I asked him why:

"Because there was a whole stack of it in the bookstore and it was 50% off. Plus it looked good.".
"Looked?", I said.
"Yes, it was blue and had a cool cover. Plus it looks easy because it said I can learn it in 21 days!"

That was the day I let him borrow my VS.NET he wanted, for I wanted him to feel the pain...




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Actually the Teach yourself books are not at all that bad. They do help alot. And usually they are pretty cheap. Now there are better books but these are pretty good. Back when i did VB i learned most of what i now from reading 4 Teach Yourself books.

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