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Hello All, I have always had a passion for developing games and I am fully committed to learning how to do so. The only problem is that I am a total newbie when it comes to game development. I am a webmaster and I know html and php but have not worked extensively with any programming language. I would like to create a game similar to smallball, using Java, I assume? Please point me in the right direction as to which languages I should learn to make a game like that (including the multiplayer aspect). Please keep in mind I am totally new at this and have to start at the very beginning so if possible list a good starting place and everything in between. Your help and support is truly appreciated I am glad I found this community. Thank you all.

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I would start here for an excellent introduction into Python, which I've found many (if not most) will encourage as an intro language. For Python tools, you can go here to download the interpreter, an IDE, and any documentation you may need while you're learning/using the language.

G'luck!

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Hey there ;-)

First stop would be read the Stickys & FAQ

http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/faq.asp#tips

http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/topic.asp?topic_id=358397

Since you have programming (java) experience is a good start.

But to be honest, I would completely flush any idea of 'multiplayer' from your ideas, until you have programmed something more basic.

I may be mistaken, and your intent is to have a 'local' multiplayerr game, where you would jump seats with your friend and take turns, and jump back into the seat.
Not much fun I would imagine really .

But if you are thinking 'network' multiplayer, I would aim a little lower.

If you have a passion for it, it will come to you in time.

;-)

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Thank you all for the advice and for pointing me in the right direction. I have alreasdy begun to learn Python and will learn that first and master it (hopefully!) before moving on to C++. Your definetly going to see me around here though:)

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