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  1. Hello. I just started out programming games and I've almost finished a simple space shooter game in c++ with the help of the SFML 2.0 library. What I would like to know is if there is another  practical way of creating games.  I'm asking this because before creating the actual game I had to set up the game engine and that took me quite some time. What tools could I use to speed up programming 2d-side scrolling games in c++? 
  2. That is what I did initially but it behaved differently from what I was expecting.   I think that is what I was looking for.I should have thought of that lol.   I applied inheritance for some other basic stuff but not for missile behaviours. This is my first game with c++ but I think I know what you mean. I should basically move the: if(missile->getType() == Missile::Player){ // Missile angle of player is only vertical sprite.move(0,-missile->getVelY()*refreshRate); } else { // This part needs to change from vertical to angles of 45,90,135 degrees // sprite.move(0,missile->getVelY()*refreshRate); } inside the missile class. Am I correct?
  3. Hello gamedev. I'm currently programming a simple 2d space shooter  in sfml 2.0 . Does anyone have any idea how will I make the missiles move at the same speed at any direction? (The problem is partially solved for vertical directions only). Here is my code: void World::updateMissiles(float refreshRate){ std::list<Missile*>::iterator it = missiles.begin(); while(it != missiles.end()){ Missile* missile = *it; sf::Sprite& sprite = missile->getSprite(); if(collide(missile)){ it=missiles.erase(it); delete missile; } else{ if(missile->getType() == Missile::Player){ // Missile angle of player is only vertical sprite.move(0,-missile->getVelY()*refreshRate); } else{ // This part needs to change from vertical to angles of 45,90,135 degrees //sprite.move(0,missile->getVelY()*refreshRate); } it++; } } }
  4. Hello gamedev community! Does anyone know what tools do I need to learn in order to make the thruster graphics of the spaceship in the first picture of http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/06/take-a-gamble-on-space-shmup-gimbal/ ?  Do I need to learn openGL or can I achieve the same effect with just 2d animation? Thanks!