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Well I am extremely new to coding all I've done is fitled in c++ making message box's and in VB 2008 making a calculator. It hard for me to understand since im only 14 but my school doesnt give us computer class. I also go to french school which make everything even more complicated. So my question here is this, is there like an easy to use 2d platform game engine that i can fiddle around in. Not only do I want to make a crappy game that I wont finish but I also learn better with the hands on. Theory books just reely make me angry.(avoided swearing). So yeah is there a game engine or game creating software. In basic or w.e. Not game maker. But i've only got 2 cense to my name cus i blew it all on my ps3 : ( . so please free. My goal is to make a sorta game like soldat or gunster.where you can shoot where in the direction that you're mouse is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L75-Vi1IHXE

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Well, you could try
SDL ( http://www.libsdl.org/ )
Allegro ( http://alleg.sourceforge.net/ )

Depends on what feels right for you ;) And yes, they are both free...

Enjoy ;)

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K i'll check it out in a jippy.

What about Flash? I have flash CS3 pro I;ve never used it... but it can make games cant it? Is there any placed where i can learn flash?

Or torque game creator? I'm not trying to avoid learning c++ but for now i just want to make something. :)

[Edited by - jessegd on August 3, 2008 6:42:04 PM]

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I'm not too much help, but I find it kinda funny. I just crushed $700 for my PS3 a month ago (MGS4 Bundle + extra game and HDMI cables = love) and I also want to make a side scrolling game like Soldat >.<

To answer your question, Flash can work quite nicely, you can have results in 20 minutes, check out the flash guides at Newgrounds. http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/flashtutorials.html (click on some of the links at the bottom for more help and guides)

Also I would stay away from Torque IMHO. I tried to use it, but it uses a version of C++, not a fan personally. I've heard it can be potentially powerful, but eh.

Does there happen to be any resources for C# based side scrolling development? (The type I'm looking into currently)

Justin

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K i'll check it out in a jippy.

What about Flash? I have flash CS3 pro I;ve never used it... but it can make games cant it? Is there any placed where i can learn flash?

Or torque game creator? I'm not trying to avoid learning c++ but for now i just want to make something. :)


Yes, Flash can make games but it lacks the bit-control :D
It produces results pretty fast , you COULD give it a try.

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Original post by TheRealDeal
Does there happen to be any resources for C# based side scrolling development? (The type I'm looking into currently)

Justin


Well, you could have a look at Microsoft's XNA engine ( http://creators.xna.com/ ) , they have some begginer tutorials for it on msdn ( www.msdn.com ) which show some things you could use for your first sidescroller.

For example, one important thing for side-scrolling is the scrolling background 0.0
I will point you to ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb194906.aspxhttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb194906.aspx ) and of course the creator's tutorial ( http://creators.xna.com/en-US/education/gettingstarted )

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Have fun ;)

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Yes, Flash can make games but it lacks the bit-control :D
It produces results pretty fast , you COULD give it a try.

If you mean per-pixel control, then no, Flash does not lack that. Look up on the BitmapData class.


Personally, I quite like Python and Pygame. It's pretty easy to build a working game with it. A few days ago I helped another guy with his platform game and it took me roughly one day to set up a working example. I then continued to write a collision line editor just for fun. That took me a few hours. There should be some useful tutorials on the Pygame site itself.

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