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  1. OK so no mastering a single language, ty. Im not looking for a world class job. Just want to make a "good" game if only 1.   However   Am becoming more interested in different codes and the way they communicate with each other. 
  2.   Loved that tyvm  
  3. Stealth based action, adventure titles. Sci fi (leave it to the imagination)
  4. Thank you, your insight has been most helpful. I now have a focus for my goals, on to the practice.
  5. I understand the basic concept, used to mod quake 3 half life unreal back in the day. Just never worked with the code always had buddies to do that for me. What do u think of programs like unity? Are they that good of a dev tool? Im still learning dont want programs like that to hinder myself learning a language. I want to get really good at coding am practicing everyday just dont want dev tools making it easy on me. I tend to learn better with a greater challenge. Trying to learn one language at a time, dont want to get confused studying more than one at a time. But my original question was should i stick with one language for all games, or is it better to learn others for different platforms. Was hoping I could port to different devices using one language.
  6. Hi I am a new student and im studying coding. Was just curious as to whether i should stick to one language or not. I am interested in making games for multiple platforms so should i stick with one language? Is that possible for making multi device games? I know html5 and a little java. My goal is to learn to program my own engine even if i use programs like unty later it would help me undertand the concept behind game code. please any helpful advice for a first timer is appreciated. thanks