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Hi! I know this question must have been asked many times, but I think i''ll ask it again I''m a 1st year french college student, trying to become a games programmer. I''m taking a little bit of programming at school but it is mainly beginner''s stuff, and it''s all C. On the side i learned some more advanced things with C++ through modding for Half Life using their SDK, and got a good understanding of classes and more adanced topics of the sort. I''m about to get 2 or 3 months of holidays and I''ve tried getting into Dx programming before but i could never get myself to stick to it. I first tried doing stuff with DirectDraw, i made a small program wich did a couple of things, it created a full windowed display, changed colors when i clicked it, then made a picture move around on the screen, simple stuff... But i keep hearing people telling me i should use DirectX to make 2D games, using billboarding. The thing is, I''m afraid of 3D Mainly because i am not really good at 3D math. I understand the basic concepts but i never took a course in it (my grades in physics are proof of that ) and i am wondering if it would be hard to get into 3D programming (not just billboarding) without having a strong understanding of 3D math. So my questions are: 1) Is it hard to get into 3D programming without a strong understanding of 3D math? 2) What kind of project would be good for me to start out with Direct3D coding? (i already have the SDK downloaded, looked at a couple tutorials already...) 3) Is there any particular website wich has good tutorials for starting out with direct3D, or are the tutorials in the SDK a good enough starting point?

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1) No, it''s not hard. I had no problem learning along the way. There is a lot I don''t understand though that I wish I did.

2) Pong? Tetris? It depends what your skill level is.

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www.andypike.com
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www.drunkenhyena.com
triplebuffer.devmaster.net

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Thanks, I hadn''t thought about doing a thing like pong or tetris, but it does sound like a good idea! I think i''ll try tetris

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