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  1. Ugh. If only LazyFoo had video tutorials. 
  2. I already have basic movements, But when my character turns left I want it the play the animation of the character walking left. Is it really necessary to 19 tutorials just to get my character walking? 
  3. I am unfamiliar with a way of learning where you don't need any information about how it works or how it can be applied with out investigation of what you're working with.   That would be like building a spaceship right now with only what you know at this exact moment.     I do want to know how it works, But I don't want to do 19 other lessons just to finally get my animations done.
  4. Thanks. This helps alot.
  5. Ugh. Those tutorials won't work for me. I need a tutorial where you don't have to do ALL the lessons to get to that lesson.
  6.   Thanks. But I can imagine my file becoming very large with everything I want. Do you know of a way to make different files work together in 1 game? 
  7. I have a ton of things I want in my SDL game, But I can't find any tutorials on specifically what I want. If someone could link me to a tutorial of anything on the following list. That would be great.     Basic Game Menu, Screen follows player, Inventory, Attack/Defense System, Animations and And NPC's.   Thanks!
  8.     Alright I have SDL installed. But do you know where I can find some video tutorials that aren't outdated for SDL?
  9.     How much C++ do you think we need to know before we can start?
  10. Hello.   Me and my friends want to make a 2d game with C++ but don't know where to start. I've heard of Allegro and SDL but I can't seem to get those installed.   So if anyone has any tips on where to start my game and what I'll need, Please comment. Thanks! :)