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Hey all, I'm new to the site and it looks pretty cool. I've spent the last 7 years programming applications on the MS-Windows platforms in VB/VC++ (5 & 6) and now C# and VB.NET. I looked a DirectX (probably v7.0) a couple of years ago and never really got round to putting anything together. Mainly because a computer was the last thing I wanted to look at after a hard day in the office. Main question is, what is the main development tool for programming under Windows? What do most people use for professional games? I know there were a few professional games in VC++ written a while ago and I have seen a few performance issues with .NET. I'm only interested in writing games for self-satisfaction and just looking for a direction on this. Cheers Andez

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Most games these days are built with C++. The most popular IDE that I've seen is Visual Studio.

If you are just doing it for personal satisfaction, why not increase your field of experience? Try Python and Pygame. Python is becoming very popular in web development (that I can see) and Pygame is a very powerful library for quickly putting together games.

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