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ghostman72

Need some help and advice for creating my first game

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Hi, I want to learn how to create games and how to write code, I have a very very basic understanding of code however im willing to learn and put in the hours. I thought as my first project I would try to create a racing game similar to Mario kart with graphics similar to those of Mario kart on the n64. However if you believe this would be too difficult then I could always try and create an easier style of game first.

My main problem so far has been trying to find out which language to learn as every website/guide says different things, and also which software I will require. I don't have a lot of money so free software would be ideal. I have no idea where to start so any links to good tutorials would be great.

thanks for any help and advice

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This has been posted many times before. In short though:

C# and XNA are good for a beginner. You should probably be prepared to make your first several programs (games) text based stuff to get a feel for program flow and the art of programming. [url="http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010-editions/visual-csharp-express"]Visual Studio Express edition[/url] is free from Microsoft's website. I don't actually do much C# myself, so I can't really help as far as tutorials go.

Good luck!

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We really need a sticky for this question I think I see it at least two times a week.

I agree with Zael. C# and XNA are a good start. go [url="http://www.csharp-station.com/Tutorial.aspx"]here[/url] for a tutorial on c#

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If you want to work up to Mario Kart 64, I would suggest a 2D top-down racer with "heads" representing the characters; add in collision, items, traffic light boost(!), etc.

Once you have something like that done, you'll know what needs to be done, bar a bit of extra reading for 3D.

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