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Hi guys
Im new to all of this game development and c++ and well pretty much everything. So I would like to know if some of you can help me get started in learning. I do not know what i should start to learn first. I have downloaded microsoft visual but i have no clue what i am doing. A little help would be greatly appreciated in pointing me in the right direction on where to begin learning. Any advice or links would be helpfull.

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If you wish to learn C++, then here are some great tutorials:

cplusplus.com
xoax.net

The second link contains video tutorials, the first two videos show you how to download and set up Visual Studio and how to create a project.

Many argue that you should learn a simple language as your first, and C++ is anything but simple. If you found it too hard, check out Python, or maybe C# (More beginner-friendly than C++, but is still quite complex)

Once you've learned a language, try to write some text-based games. Again, the second link shows you how to write a simple game every few tutorials, including Tic-Tac-Toe, Blackjack and Chess.

When you feel confident, learn a Graphics API to create 2D/3D games. There are a ton of these, the most famous of which are Directx and OpenGL, since all the other APIs actually build on these.

Also, two advices:

1- Google is your most precious tool. It will give you (almost) everything you need. If it fails you, just ask the pros here :) They've helped me quite a lot!
2- Code, code, code!

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Hey, thanks for this information. I have made a few games with an engine (DX Studio), but I wanted to start learning to program 'for real'.


I also have a full copy of Visual Studio '08, but wasn't sure if I should start with C#, C++, try to make a 3d engine, 2d, or just stick with the good ole text games... I will start with your links above, and see where it leads me.

Thanks again.

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Hey, thanks for this information. I have made a few games with an engine (DX Studio), but I wanted to start learning to program 'for real'.


I also have a full copy of Visual Studio '08, but wasn't sure if I should start with C#, C++, try to make a 3d engine, 2d, or just stick with the good ole text games... I will start with your links above, and see where it leads me.

Thanks again.



Well you could always forgo text games and jump directly to 2d/3d if you feel like you're up to it.

Also, since you mentioned creating an engine in there, you might want to read this

Good luck!

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Awesome thanks for the information guys. I did do some google searching seemed like the guides i was finding was starting at a level above beginner. Or just didn't explane enough

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