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  1. This is how I do it in most of my games: float dx = Player.Position.X - MouseLocation.X; float dy = Player.Position.Y - MouseLocation.Y; float angle = (float)Math.Atan2(dy, dx); The only thing you really need to change, is switching your : direction.X = Input.MousePos.X - position.X; direction.Y = Input.MousePos.Y - position.Y; to direction.X = position.X - Input.MousePos.X; direction.Y = position.Y - InputMousePos.X; Hope that helps!
  2. After a quick google search, I found a website with "95 Old School Games You Can Play Online." I think this will be helpful to you in finding a game, because you will be able to play the game, and get a better feel for how the game works. http://amog.com/tech/gaming/oldschool-videogames/ In my opinion, the game that you pick, should be entirely up to you. I get burnt out a lot faster when I work on an idea that "someone else thought was cool" rather than something I actually wanted to work on. You should look through lists, play a few of the games, and then decide. Also, any game has room for upgrades, and new things to be implemented. There is not a single perfect game out there that has "everything". While you're searching for a game just keep asking yourself, "What is this game missing?" or "How could I improve this game?" Hope that helps, and best of luck to you!
  3. It's hard to tell if you are interested in the programming side of game development or something else. You say you hate coding, but you want to make video games? What is your reason for wanting to develop games? You're going to have to know how to program, or have a friend that can help with the programming if you want to even begin to make any type of game. I can promise that you won't be able to make a gta3 clone for a long time if you are just starting. I'd recommend getting Visual Studio, use XNA, and make some very simple clones. Start off with Space Invaders, that one is pretty easy. I recommend XNA, because the community is pretty big, don't start off with something complicated like c++. Start small, and work your way up [u]slowly[/u] Hope that helps!.