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hey everyone i am a newbie to game programming, and i am really instrested in it.. i was wandering what everyone suggest.. what books should i get first to learn how to program my first real engine, preferably a RPG.. a 3d rpg that would be great.. waht books would i ened to get to program something like world of warcraft lol. please help me

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You''re best bet is the book by Jim Adams, Programming Role-Playing Games. It''s nr 15 in the top DirectX books here on gamedev! I have the book, and it''s GREAT!!! It teaches you how to do a 2D engine, a 3D engine and a 2D/3D engine! With everything a RPG game needs! Battlesystems and everything.

I''m loving this book!!!

}+TITANIUM+{ A.K.A. DXnewbie[onMIRC]

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quote:
i am a newbie to game programming


And then...

quote:
preferably a RPG


Bad idea.

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a 3d rpg


Really bad idea.

An RPG is generally one of the hardest games to create because of the depth, complexity, and sheer time investment required. Additionally, 3D technology is not simple stuff.

It''s great that you want to make something like that, but for a first game programming project, it''s way too ambitious.

If you''re new to programming in general, do yourself a favor and forget about making games for a little while while you study up on the basics of programming. If you can program decently, and want to start with games, try remaking an arcade game like Space Invaders or Pong.

As far as game programming books are concerned, I think Andre LaMothe''s books are pretty good. As far as general programming books are concerned, the best one I''ve read was called "C Primer Plus". It''s C, not C++, but (in my opinion), that''s a better place to start.

There are a lot of really great articles here are GameDev, too.

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