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# The absolute NEWBIE guide to game development

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Just gonna offer a few suggestions...

Since you're going to work with DirectX, you might want to adjust your min. requirements. Visual Studio 6.0 isn't supported by the DirectX SDK.

Other than that, it might be a good idea if you write a paragraph or something about how much experience you have. Basically, are you worth listening to?

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What's that new mode to spell Microsoft like that? I won't argue with the reason of the people to not like microsoft but spell the name right.

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honestly, i don't see him spell "Microsoft" with an "$" it's just the abbreviation "M$" he used. can'T remember, when i first read that kind of spelling "Microsoft", but must have been years...

@OT: but, i think they are right. things like that don't belong into any guide.

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 Some kind of 3D modeling tool, GMAX would be enough, or whatever you usually use, as long as you can output it to .X file. but if you don't have this right now, try not to worry about it. Later on i'll do a introduction.

GMAX is no longer being offered, so an alternative should be made. That and you could not use it anyways to get a .X format, it was very restrictive for specific games and was for modding purposes and additional content deployment by end users. You should mentioned the free program Blender and the shareware program MilkShape instead.

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 some kind of 2D package. Photoshop, painter or just windows' painter would be just fine.

Once agian, not everone can afford some of those, and Paint is not all that good, so you should metioned free alternatives that perform quite well, such as GIMP, GIMPshop, etc...

And I agree, using M$shows signs of immaturaity and takes the credibility of your resource away. Just a few things that stand out with the 1st glance, good luck writing this! #### Share this post ##### Link to post ##### Share on other sites Quote:  Original post by tsxyQ:M$ or not M$A:That is a good question. SDL and OPENGL are nice, but I gonna do it in GDI+ and directx. I'm not a M$ lover, but trust me, working on windows and VS is nice.

The two are not mutually exclusive. (You can devlop SDL/GL on Windows with Visual Studio)

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Thx for all the suggestions :D
I've changed M$to MS. Quote: Original post by Anonymous Poster Quote:  Original post by tsxyQ:M$ or not M$A:That is a good question. SDL and OPENGL are nice, but I gonna do it in GDI+ and directx. I'm not a M$ lover, but trust me, working on windows and VS is nice.

The two are not mutually exclusive. (You can devlop SDL/GL on Windows with Visual Studio)

That's true, in fact, opengl is even easier to use. It needs less initialization than directx, but extensions are not easy to use, where directx updates more frequently. It's just a personal choice, I'm not saying that opengl is any less useful than directx. :)

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This guy just signed on today and he's already rated down 26 points for using a dollar sign in Microsoft. I agree that it's as annoying as it is OLD, but IF this guy is new to the board, shouldn't he just be warned rather than rated down? How's he supposed to know what's looked down upon in this forum? After all, it's not in the FAQ. If this is an old user on a new account, I withdraw my statements. Otherwise, it's a little harsh.

tsxy: Stating anything political (OR RELIGIOUS, GAH!), whether it is meant to be humorous or it is as simple as placing a dollar sign anywhere in the same post as the words "Microsoft" or "MS", will most likely get you rated down faster than Bush's approval rating. [looksaround]

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 Original post by coderx75...tsxy: Stating anything political (OR RELIGIOUS, GAH!), whether it is meant to be humorous or it is as simple as placing a dollar sign anywhere in the same post as the words "Microsoft" or "MS", will most likely get you rated down faster than Bush's approval rating. [looksaround]

Irony: a guy using a political joke to explain how political jokes will get you rated down.

tsxy - I don't know for sure on these boards, but I do know most other messageboard software sets a limit on the length of a post. You may be better off writing the guides in a word processor and then either posting a download link so people can review and give constructive criticisms, or else submit it to the articles section of the site. You'll probably find it nicer to work in a word processor as well as far as formatting and spell check and auto-capitalization etc. I'm sure people would be more inclined to edit in that format as well if that is your hope (word format and od format both provide editing/revisioning tools to aid with this).

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lol... I think the point of this forum was about the guide i found it pretty interesting being semi-new to programming. i think he would have wrote out microsoft if he would get this much ridicule for it.

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