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Im completely new to game programming or any kind of programming at that. Im familiar with computers but not programming. I want to know were i should start what books i can get what to download basically what to do and how to do it.I bought tricks of the windows game programming gurus but it didnt come with the cd to dl the compilers and what not(bought it on amazon). Any help is greatly appreciated thanks.

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First of all, you should post in the "Beginners" forum. Next, you choose a language. C++ is very good and you can find a lot of good compilers. Then comes Pascal which has a very good RAD tool (Delphi - really good for noobs).
After that you start browsing the net for tutorials (books are crap; internet = fast and good learning). I suggest http://cplus.about.com, http://www.cplusplus.com/ and http://delphi.about.com.
After you learn the basics and you want to do some game programming, learn a graphics API. Here you have to choose between Direct3D and OpenGL. Both are good.
From now on, it's up to you. Good lock :)!

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Haha you remind me of me when I was 15. Trick of the windows game programming guru was my first book too. Ofcourse that is a mistake because it assumes a quite nice overall knowledge of C++ and just introduces windows game programming. So I don't think that this is the book for you.

BUT, before anything else I would reccomend reading gamedev's area for beginners.

Other tips by me which I guess must be included in that beginner's area too. Be patient, choose a language and start learning it since you don't have any previous programming experience. C++ is quite hard for a beginner. Maybe java? Or python?

After you choose your language start learnign that language from various tutorials in the internet and only after you feel you have a quite good grasp in that language start making games.

Those games must be very small and simple first. Like a pong clone, a tetris clone e.t.c. Even "simple" games as the above mentioned are certainly not simple to code.

So, start small, be patient, good luck and welcome to the world of game programming!

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Being a beginner myself, I wouldn't recommend starting with C++. I started with Basic, then moved on to Python, and I'm just now starting to get into C++.
Now of course, everyone is different, and you may feel that you can start with C++, which is no problem at all. Though I would recommend looking at the source code for most of the languages. A year ago I check out C++ for the first time, and I was so confused that I told myself I would never be a programmer. Now a year later, after learning the basics I can say, with confidence, that C++ will not freak me out like it did.

I recommend any beginner books by Michael Dawson, he is a great author. You can find most of his books on Amazon.com. Or you can even check out this sites book section: http://www.gamedev.net/columns/books/

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