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What to do for my first 2d game?

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Well I have a working RPG, which is pretty short and simple. Now I'd like to move on to doing either a tetris or pong clone. Im thinking either using SDL or cracking up the DX10 book I have, and learning to use direct3d for it. OpenGL is another option as well for me, as I have used it a bit in school. Trying something different though would be nice. What are your suggestions for a game and technology?

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Pong is a good idea for a first 2D game. I wouldn't use DX10, as there's just a whole lot of unnecessary coding involved. Wait until you do a 3D project for DX10. SDL is a good idea, as it includes functions for loading images and such, without too much code that complicates the project.

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It depends on what language you are using too. Ill assume your using either C or C++ in which case I would recommend SDL for C and SFML for C++. Either API would work though and make it easy to get a game up and running quickly. I also second the advice to not using DX10 for something so simple.

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Then I'd have to learn a new language. I'm not in a rush for developing games really. Besides if I ever decide to go into game development for a career, I then have a portfolio of C++ games. I'd rather stick to a language I am already familiar with, and learn the structure and math behind a game, rather than a language. I a little go I started on a tetris clone in Java, using the Canvas and Graphics2d, as I needed a break from C++. I started adding components to it and that, since i was already familiar with Java, it wasn't a problem really.

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