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Hello everyone, I'm pretty new to these forums here at gamedev.net. I'm currently trying to learn java and plan to start coding games as a personal hobby.  I have been reading Head First Java for some time now and i was wondering what my next step in learning would be. I'm really wanting to start in 2d stuff like pong or some type of shooter and maybe a side-scroller later on, but I need to know where I can learn more about graphics, game loops, game physics, AI, etc. I know its a pretty broad topic, but I'm just a bit lost at the moment and wanting some advice. Thanks for any input!!

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First of all, welcome.  To start, check out these two tutorials:

 

http://www.gamedev.net/page/resources/_/technical/general-programming/java-games-active-rendering-r2418

http://www.gamedev.net/page/resources/_/technical/general-programming/java-games-keyboard-and-mouse-r2439

 

That will get you started.  I also recommend this:

http://www.cokeandcode.com/main/tutorials/space-invaders-101/

 

Look at all the space invaders tutorials.  There is lots of Java stuff to learn.

 

 

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This question comes up enough I decided to make a post about it.  Just starting out... what game should I make?

 

Its a series of game project recommendations in order of increasing difficulty, and more importantly, why you should do each.  For each game there are links to tutorials on the subject, as well as links to appropriate information on key algorithms, if applicable.

 

Hopefully it will get you started.

 

 

 

 

The most important thing... keep at it.  Its very easy to stop, especially in the face of difficulty.  The amazing part of game development and programming in general, is how you can look back and laugh about what you used to find difficult!

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Wow thanks guys the links are great and should keep me busy for some time. I'll be sure to bookmark them!!!! Thanks again

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