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problem is i don't know where to start...im planning to major in Computer Science next semester...any help guys. i have NOT had any experience programming anything...i wanna know where the easiest place to start would be. *Guessing 2d games or something* can anyone recommend some good books filled with tutorials...

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Right here on GameDev.net, check the articles section. Many, many good sources of information there. You can also google for keywords like Beginning game programming tutorials, or some variation thereof. I can't recommend any good beginning game programming books. However if you look at the main page of this site they have a list near the top of the page for book reviews.
It's labeled Latest Reviews, I believe. Check there.

Hope this helps,
JD

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A few words on advice choosing a first language... C++ may not neccesarily be the best choice, you may want to try either C or C#. They are both quite different than C++ but learning either of them will get you started on learning C++.

If you try jumping right in to C++ without a background in either you will probably get confused quite a bit, since C++ is really C (which it cant hurt to learn) with object oriented structures added in (which would be easier to learn in C#).

In the end the choice is yours, but it's a C++ is big language by todays standards and it might be easier to come at with background in either C syntax or object oriented programming.

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