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  1. Unity. I'm surprised no one else mentioned it sooner. The scripting API for Unity is fantastic, any question you have will have been answered on StackOverflow and C# is a very good language to learn. I think because Unity's very visual too it's a great introduction. Try out the beginner & intermediate tutorials on their website.   Although in Unity what you're writing is indeed just scripts, I think it'd be best for where you're at. However if you're unsure, C++ is never a bad option. It's the go-to language for the games industry and although some studios will produce mobile/web games in different languages, I don't think you can go wrong with it. Check out SFML for a decent 2D kit although there're a plethora of others.
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    Re-getting into C++ again

    I think going back through the book sounds good - it sounds like you didn't really make any games back then, so you're still in the learning phase. There's an excellent book (in my opinion) that I've recommended to many aspiring games programmers called "Beginning C++ Through Games Programming". I believe it's up to the fourth edition now (I learnt from the second). I advise you give it a look if nothing else :)   As for making games... Start with something simple like Asteroids as you can learn basic vector math and level management. Then progress onto a 2D platformer (think of Mario, maybe add some basic AI). You can go from there to whatever you like after that.   Good luck!
  3.   Depends if you want help wrapped up in lies or help displayed as honesty!   I get what you mean in a sense though. The thought of everything there is to learn is quite overbearing. But that's like saying "I go outside with a football but then I think about how much I need to learn, how fit I need to get etc to become a professional player so I just go back inside". You're looking way too far ahead for your current skill level. You can apply it to soo many walks of life, even playing games themselves.    Set yourself small, attainable goals. Don't open Unity thinking "man it's gonna take me years to be able to make an RPG", think smaller. There are THOUSANDS of tutorials online for Unity - check out the few they have on their website. The survival shooter is a great intermediate tutorial but before that check out their beginner tutorial where you simply roll a ball around a level collecting pickups.   That's the one thing most people say when someone new comes to game dev - start small and work your way up. People expect to be able to make the next GTA in a few months, but that won't happen. And probably never will - you need a team for that and even then, it's gonna take a long time!   Also, go with programming or art IMO. So many people say "yeah I'm not good at programming or art so I'll do design". That in itself is a bad mindset - "I'm not good enough to have the RAW SKILLS to develop games, so lets do something anyone else can do". That's not taking it away from professional designers, but you'll find most of them have some background in art or programming - or both. Start small, work your way up.   Spiro is right though, if you don't feel motivated at the prospect of what's to come, you're gonna struggle, no doubt about it. Good luck though.
  4. I'd just go with OpenGL 3 personally. OGL 2 is fine and there are enough games floating about that use it, but it's not like you're about to shut yourself out from a huge part of the market by using OGL 3 ;)   The learning curve is a little larger for OGL 3 as it's harder to get even a triangle drawing on the screen. But once you do have that, it's easy to expand. Plus given that shader-based graphics is always getting larger, it's probably best to get learning that!   Plenty of tutorials around. I'd recommend http://www.arcsynthesis.org/gltut/.   Good luck!
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    What do I need apart from sdl?

    Well you said it yourself - you're just starting!   One important thing when starting out is scope. Don't be too ambitious with your first project as you'll hit a brick wall at some point and think "this is far too difficult".   As for a side scroller.. It's a good choice as they aren't too difficult. Lighting and particles, save those for later. Physics? You could use box2D (http://box2d.org/) as that's quite a popular choice to avoid all that nasty mathematics ;)   I'm not sure why you're thinking about lighting when (I assume) you're just doing a beginner 2D game? Save the advanced concepts like particle systems and stuff for a rainy day IMO!   Good luck!   EDIT: By all means, do the physics yourself. Check out Axis-Aligned Bounding Boxes (AABB) - plenty of theory on those and plenty of stuff that's relevant to games. It's a pretty soft introduction to the mathematics of games
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    Web App Development?

    Cheers for the advice all, much appreciated.   Stumbled across this article during my travels - http://www.leonardteo.com/2012/07/ruby-on-rails-vs-php-the-good-the-bad/   Was a good read and led me to have a mess around with PHP. Looking alright so far; good fun too!
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    Web App Development?

    I'd disagree in a web app taking more time (for the user, at least!). Downloading an app, potentially having to install some stuff for it, running it etc - why would you do this when you can enter a URL and have the app sat there in front of you?   I'll be a bit more specific - I want to access an API to return some information in Json based on the input of the user which will be two usernames. Grab some data, do some checks, inform the player of whether or not the first name has played with the second name recently. It's not complex at all - I thought it'd be a soft introduction to the myriad of web tech   If I create a website for myself I'd like to attempt to create other programs that utilise databases. In terms of games on said site.. It's unlikely!   Thanks for all your help so far.   EDIT: @Diego, thanks for the more in-depth analysis too. I've tinkered with JS before and the function pointer thing is a bit of a 'that's crazy!' thing at first but it's all good now  I've also heard about RoR a few times over the last few weeks - best give it a look. Thanks again.
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    Web App Development?

    Hey guys,   I've been a C++ programmer for 3 years now. Dabbled in C#/Unity and Python and recently I was tinkering with an API using C++, cURL and Jsoncpp. One of the apps I've made using said API is pretty good, but it has no place as an executable - why would you use an executable you have to download when you can do the same operation on a website?   My knowledge of web development/web app development general is extremely limited. I know a little bit of HTML/CSS and practically nothing else. I've heard of terms such as GET, POST etc but only have a super vague idea of where to start. I'd like some advice on where I should begin if I want to create an app on a website. Would HTML/JS do the job? Do I need to look into PHP? MySQL won't be needed as the API returns all data in Json.    TL;DR Wanting to start developing basic apps to plop on a website, any good resources/tutorials/advice for this?     Thanks   EDIT: I'm aware this isn't strictly game related, but the API is for a game if that helps! The app I'm thinking of is interactive either way and I've been on these boards for a fair while - probably the best place to ask.
  9. It might help if you share a couple of examples of your macros so we can see what may be going wrong dude :)
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    New and Clueless

    Pointers and memory management do indeed seem to be the root of 'BAD C++, BAD!'    Andy, dreamer, I didn't mean to imply you're both bashing on C++, it was more a generic 'if you go anywhere on the net they'll tell you C++ is bad', sorry if it came across as against you two.   I know my high school introduced CS as a subject once it became an academy and from what I've heard they use Javascript in year 1 and progress into C/C++ in year 2. I guess they're hoping it kindles the interest of the sleeping CS gods 
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    New and Clueless

    Everyone is against C++ for beginners but I began with it and I'm doing just fine.   Lots of games companies make their games in C++; don't be put off because people say it's not a nice beginner language. They're right - it's not, and C# is a much better language.   EDIT: Not at all to undermine the experiences and thoughts of others - just get tired of seeing 'DON'T YOU DARE START C++' when a majority of the industry uses it. 
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    Game Designer vs Team Arguments

    I spent a year working at Exient, the company who produced Angry Birds Go! for Rovio.   We had 3 or 4 designers there and more often than not, they produced a design document. If we disagreed with something we spoke up. 'Are you sure this wouldn't work better?' or 'I think this could work well' was either met with agreement or a good reason as to why the idea can't be used. The designers were very open to suggestions from everyone else and the 'what we look for in a potential designer' is, as you say, someone who can take ideas from the rest of the team.   Use more positive terminology than 'argue' mind you! As Lactose! said, 'discuss' is better. Or 'feel free to suggest alternatives if you disagree with the design'. 
  13. I always found subversion to be really easy to use. Check out TortoiseSVN.   You can also use 'Google code' found at code.google.com (apologies if links aren't allowed mods) for a free repository. There're a number of tutorials out there for using google code with subversion but if you need a further hand, drop me a PM :) 
  14. Unity tutorials aren't there to teach you how to code buddy - there's a million and one other tutorials that teach you how to code as well as a bottomless pit of books.    Unity is an engine. It is NOT a language or an IDE, therefore the tutorials will rarely teach you how to code. If you want to learn the language(s), look elsewhere. Some tutorials may briefly mention what a piece of code does and why the tutor wrote it that way, but don't expect it as the norm.   Unity is also one of the best supported engines going. The community support is fantastic, tutorials are in abundance and there're many forums you can ask for help on.    I'd only end up repeating what others have said, so to summarise - don't blame the engine for your own pitfalls as a programmer. 
  15. C# is actually recommended as one of the best starting languages for any aspiring programmer. It's also very easy to use in my opinion - I've been a C++ programmer since I started programming 3 years ago, but during my time working with Unity, I've happily swapped between Javascript and C#.   Don't be put off using a fantastic tool like Unity because it doesn't use your preferred language. I certainly didn't follow that mindset when it came to choosing to use it! 
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