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The first thing you do when making an engine

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When you are making a new game/game engine, what is the first thing you try to put up on the screen? I just thought this might be an interesting question. Personally, I put up a box [smile].

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Heh, nice advice.

Learning how to make an engine is invaluable, unless you're actually trying to create and finish a full game. There is so much you learn in creating an engine that translates into how to properly use one.

Are you looking to make 2D or 3D? If 3D, I'd say the first step would be to learn linear algebra and about 3D theory.

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Usually just a test triangle to make sure GL or DX is initializing properly.

Then I'll move up to a cube, or a couple spinning cubes with different orientations.

Then texture mapping. Bah texture mapping is nice once it's working, but getting it working that first time is a pain.

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A box is the first thing probably put to screen. There's quite a bit that doesn't go on the screen that's needed first. The very first thing to do is get logging set up. Aids debugging immensely.

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"Don't make a game engine" :(

Assuming I have the barebones for intialization, make sure a cube or something draws with perspective, then apply textures (or write a texture loader), write a model loader. At least thats what I did. Then keep going back and making functions more flexible and make tools to use with it.

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*Off Topic Rant*
It trips me out a bit how the threads on gamedev come in waves. Like a few months ago everyone was making MMO's and MMO threads.

Then it seemed like there were dozen's of threads on Singletons, that's starting to trail off a bit.

Now it seems like everyone is making their own engine and engine threads. Am I the only one who notices everyone seems to jump on the latest programming trend?

Maybe it's just late and I've been at work for 12 hours on a Saturday with a lot of caffeine in my system. Though I'm not complaining, a lot of the threads are very amusing and often get passed around through programmers on msn.

Well I for one welcome our MMORPGFPSRTSBYOB Super Engine Overlords.

*End Rant*

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Original post by Dancin_Fool
Then it seemed like there were dozen's of threads on Singletons, that's starting to trail off a bit.


Trust me, they will be back... in my experience there is a constant stream of those :S

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Original post by sirGustav
I make sure I've canceled all my personal life for the next 500 years that it'll take me to complete it :)


[lol]

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Though I'm not complaining, a lot of the threads are very amusing and often get passed around through programmers on msn.


Yeah I like those threads. My favorite was this one Seeking female programmer ages 18-23 [smile]

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