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Red X

New to game programming, some questions

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Hello everyone, A little about me: I'm a PhD student in biomedical engineering. I have a BS in computer engineering and I've done a lot of C programming (although its been awhile since I've programmed), including programming multiple cores. I'm interested in learning to program games and I want to eventually create an online game that is 2D and side scrolling, capable of running on a simple server and maintaining maybe 50 friends. I think that its within possibility to do this given my experience, but I'm going to work on a couple side projects to learn about sprites, collision detection, etc. Does this seem like a reasonable thing to do? Can these basic programs (and final 2D scroller) be programmed with XNA? I like that MS gave some wrapper classes and simplified much of the process. Plus, its also capable of working on Xbox LIVE which would really help if I wanted to include some friends who don't like PC games. Any input would be very appreciated. M

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I'm interested in learning to program games and I want to eventually create an online game that is 2D and side scrolling, capable of running on a simple server and maintaining maybe 50 friends. I think that its within possibility to do this given my experience, but I'm going to work on a couple side projects to learn about sprites, collision detection, etc. Does this seem like a reasonable thing to do?

I would think so.
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Can these basic programs (and final 2D scroller) be programmed with XNA?

Certainly, but you won't be able to use C of course.

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Well I assumed C is a good thing to know omw to learning a .NET language (if thats the right terminology?). I know some ASP and I have a good fundamental grasp on OOP because I also learned Java and C++.

Is C# really all that different?

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Is C# really all that different?

Not really, but you mentioned C in your opening post. In general, if you are already familiar with several programming languages and paradigms, learning another one shouldn't be any problem.

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