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Making games that are not event driven?

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I just finished a console based based game but the game loop pauses and waits for the player input. This means that enemies can not move until the player has. I know that when I move onto using OpenGL and make use of the win32 API I can include a loop similar to the peekMessage() one seen in many games but I was wondering is there any way to produce a console game that will check to see if there is a user input and if not continue to execute the loop allowing such things as enemies to move. here is an example of what the main game loop is now. gameLoop() input(); playerMove(); mosterMove(); levelChange(); //eg. objects mid flight from an explosion. drawLevel(); now currently input() uses _getch() what I'm asking is can i check if there has been a input and if not return this function so the rest of the game loop can be carried out. The reason I ask is at the moment I want to focus on my C++ language and general programming skills before I take the time to learn platform specific API's.

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