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Hey everyone, 

 

I'm new to programming, and looking to dabble in game programming/design. I have 2 questions, 1 is pretty specific, the other, not so much. 

 

1) What is the preferred coding language for gaming? 

 

2) As somebody who is brand new, where is a good place to start? I figure that I shouldn't just start attempting to build a game engine (or should i?). But, I'm just uncertain where to start out as a new guy with little, to no experience (just a willingness to learn). 

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1) A lot of professionals have to use C++. Hobbyists are free to use whatever they like and the answer will vary wildly depending on who you ask. Usually a hobbyist will just pick a language and use it. What language you use to make something, as a hobby, will probably not matter as long as you're good at using it.

 

2) Just start learning a language and make something really small. I think I started with a turn based, text in the console dungeon crawler in Python :) You can also read a lot of books and ask questions on forums.

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Ok cool. I'm working on a turned based game in C++ right now, so I guess that I got lucky when I chose a language! I will definitely check the For Beginners, and I'm sure you will see me in the forums again! Thanks! 

 

Side note, Randy, what do you like about Python?

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