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Where to start to develop a game?

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Hi,

i'm planning on making a game (in the style of binding of isaac). I have some experience in c++ and i'm planning on making it in eclipse. I just wondered where do i start? Also if you could recommend a better software or programming language for this type of game that would be helpful.

 

thanks

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Hi,

i'm planning on making a game (in the style of binding of isaac). I have some experience in c++ and i'm planning on making it in eclipse. I just wondered where do i start? Also if you could recommend a better software or programming language for this type of game that would be helpful.

 

thanks

 

If you have some experience using C++ you might as well use it, you could look into SDL or SFML for graphics.

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Hi patch warrior I agree with Simon. SDL is used by alot of things and you should be able to find plenty of information on it. I have not used SFML very much, but so far it seems very simple and very intuitive. I would have a brief glance at the documentation for both and see which is more suitable. Personally I would go with SFML. SDL often requires alot of additional extension libraries to do what you want, so far I have not needed any for SFML

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You can either focus on learning in the area of C++ or on the game design.  If you want to stick with C++ follow the above advice.

 

If you want to focus on game design more, Which is what I do, look at BlitzBasic.com  They have several inexpesive (Even Free) language options with alot of graphical commands built right in.  Structure is simular to C++, but not as strict.  For simple 2d/3d games their languages are all in one ( Except a 3D Modeler.

 

To Start designing a game, you need paper and pencil ( and eraser and more paper ).  Start with and idea and make a design document.  Include the general idea for your game, figure out how things should get started,  develop your main loop,  branch off for special events, back to your main loop.  If you organize your Design Document in this manner, you will start to see how to code your game.  What kind of graphics and animation artwork you will need.

 

Coding and testing will be much easier with a design document in hand.

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