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Is "beginning game programming with c++" worth it?

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I've been teaching myself c++ for over a year now. I mean, I'm not great at game making whatsoever, but is the beginning c++ game that teaches you how to make blackjack and stuff worth it? I mean, I've never really tried to make a game before, except pong. Should I bypass it and move onto something else, or what? Gardon

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Not the first time the question is asked on GameDev :)

Anyway, the answer is: what do YOU want?

I personnaly like programming in C++. In really enjoy the coding phase, and I almost feel a sense of deep joy when passing my argument as a const reference of a nicely const correct object (okay, I'm exagerating just a bit!). Since I enjoy this, I programm my games in C++.

Now, just look at what you want to achieve. If you want to quickly go to some more advanced game concepts and designs, it may be a good idea to go to some language with a faster learning curve (C# of Java, if I really have to mention them). The same applies for the libraries available: if you want some GUI, it might be easier to use Swing, or .NET.

Going for a simpler language can be great because it reduces the length difficults moments when you want to throw everything by the window because of some stupid little problem. So, why not?

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If you wanna program in c++, I would say the book is good. If you wanna start making games in another language, you could check out python and pygame.

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