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I plan on eventually programming simple games and then some more advanced games and maybe some apps but for now i am just learning the language (C++). I am working my way through Sams teach yourself c++ in 21 days and I dont know what to do after I am finished with it. Shoudl I get a book on MS Visual C++ 6.0 or a book on game programming. Basically tell me the path to learning how to program games. Thanks

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There''s a nice set of tutorials here at the GameDev forums, specifically this one. It''s a hands on set of tutorials, I haven''t looked through them all yet but they look like they would be a great start.

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I am also reading Sams C++ in 21 Days (Day 13!), and I've already bought Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus by André Lamothe. I've skimmed through parts of the book, and played some of the demo/games, and I like most people recommend this book, so if your interested in game programming, then that's your book .


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Edited by - Anonymous Programmer on August 1, 2001 4:07:27 PM

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Hi- I''m following the online tutorial here and am really glad I found it. I had a similar plan: learn visual c++ in 21 days- got to day 7 and going through the game tutorial here, I realized that the 21 days book, although great, is not at all what''s needed for advanced graphics programming. Since then, I have gone out and bought a new book: "Mastering Standard C". There''s alot of pointer and structure notation dealing with the directx and win32 api, and I really did find that I need to become very comfortable with it. Plus, the online turorial is like a class, so its more fun- (if I ever catch up to the pack!! )

Good Luck!

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Learn C++
Learn the Win32 API
Learn the DirectX API and/or the OpenGL API
You are now ready to make games

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I am on day 6 of 21 days and page 230 of game gurus... and this morning i have programmed PONG tookabout 2 hours using plain GDI. Sadly, i feel right proud of myself.

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I like the tutorial but i know c++ not c.. Is there a tutorial for c++ on gamedev or any other websites??

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Guest Anonymous Poster
I like the tutorial but i know c++ not c.. Is there a tutorial for c++ on gamedev or any other websites??

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well C++ is an just an extension of C and any decent C++ compiler will compile C code. So what you might want to try, is to get a simple C book from a library and have a flick through it. There''s probably only a few things you don''t know about C if you know C++, if any.

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