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Any information for a young high school student whose inspired to be come a gaming programmer would be greatly appreciated.

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Work really hard at learning a programming language (I would recommend C#. here is a tutorial). Start out wih simple game and move up. Practice, Practice, Practice whatever language you choose.

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I agree with blackviper91. C# is a good language to start with because it will help you establish an understanding of object oriented techniques. Learning to game program is a nice goal, but first learn the basics of programming in general. Then when you feel you have a good understanding of langauge move on to game programming itself. I think it is important to be able to read through code in a book or on the web and understand what is going on. What is each function doing. What is the logic and the flow as the program is running. If you can do that you are in great shape.

I know that you can't wait to make your first game! Believe me I've been there. It's also easy for me to sit here and say be patient and work hard you will get there. Trust me in the end you will be happy you did.

Good Luck!
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For after you get comfortable with your language of choice:

Don't make an engine. So many people start out making a game/graphics engine before they even know what the engine needs to do. Make a game. Make another game. Keep making games. Once you've gotten some experience, then you can consider making an engine, if you still want to.

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Get a qualification. I never did and I'm stuffed. You can get an HND in England in two years. Once you pass 30, you'll never be able to afford to go back and do it then.

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thank you for your help, anything else would also be appreiciated.... books, webpages, any other tutorials (im only 16 so any bit of information is helpful). Also i am planning to go to college so any tips of what fields to go into would help out alot. agian thanks everyone for your help.

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Any begining game programming book will do fine to start with, whatever you do dont start in C# or Java there is nothing that you gain by doing that, start directly in C and C++, thrust me you wont find a real game programmer (im one of them) telling you to start in a different language.

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