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i am wanting to get into 2D games what other libraries apart from SDL are theyre i just ask casue im having an awful bother setting up SDL with visual C++ 2008 so ive decided to scrap that idea. I well documented with video tutorials if possible would be lovely Cheers Catkill

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Video tutorials? Heh, I think you'd better get used to old-skool reading. ;)

Anyway, you may want to check out HGE (Haaf's Game Engine). It's a bit higher-level than SDL so that should save you some work, too, and it's hardware-accelerated by default (using DirectX under the hood).

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1. Allegro
2. SDL
3. SFML
4. HGE

These are just some of the more popular libraries. A more complete list of libraries / tools is here.

I saw from yr other thread that you were linked to the Lazy Foo Tutorial. I'm surprised that the Lazy Foo Tutorial didn't help you. But I am afraid setting up any other library will lead you to similar steps, i.e. set up yr paths to the includes and library files, etc....

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How hard have you tried.

I hate to say this - the road to being a game developer is riddled with hurdles like this one. You don't want to fall at the first step. All libraries require some set up.

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I tried all that but when it said go into options etc half the options which it asked me to go into werent shown, pretty weird did everything it said

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Catkill

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How stuck are you on using C++? If you're willing to switch languages, it might be worth giving C# and XNA a shot.

I haven't actually used XNA much myself, the first games library I tinkered with was SDL so I migrated to SDL.NET when I started using C#. But set-up couldn't be easier. Once you've installed XNA, you'll have a project type (Windows Game or something like that.)

I'd wager a little digging will turn up quite a few web sites and tutorials. Maybe even a few video tutorials :).

Hope that helps.

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its not C++ im having problems wiht its just getting the SDL libraries to set up - i dont have the menu options the tutorials tell me

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its not C++ im having problems wiht its just getting the SDL libraries to set up - i dont have the menu options the tutorials tell me


What tutorials were you using and what menu options were you missing?

I check Lazyfoo's Setting Up SDL tutorial against a new project in VC++ 2008 Express and it has all the menus.
http://lazyfoo.net/SDL_tutorials/lesson01/windows/msvsnet0508e/index.php

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its not C++ im having problems wiht its just getting the SDL libraries to set up - i dont have the menu options the tutorials tell me

Are you using the right software? Specifically, Visual C++ 2005 or 2008 Express Edition or Professional?

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