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what books or tutorials are available

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NEWB123    99

What Framework , API is best for creating an online 2D desktop game ( multiplayer ) ?

 

I started studying XNA but I am discouraged because the book tells me that XNA studio has to be installed

on any computer PC using the built app . I can't really expect that from the users .

 

I have some programming experience ( mostly web and database ) but i am new to games and online games .

Trying to find tutorials , books etc. best to learn from to build what I want .

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hplus0603    11347

Use a game engine with 2D support and built-in networking. Unity probably comes the closest. 

There are also versions of cocos2d that might work out. Especially if you want "in a browser" although there are also C++ versions of the library.

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NEWB123    99

Yeah thanks, I was looking at Unity ... So how does a framework like Unity compare performance-wise to

a lower level language like C++ with SDL ? Is there is significant speed/lag difference that users would notice ?

Also would unity be suitable for building a game lobby where users can pick a game to sit on ?

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