Well I've been working like a banshee at learning how to program games I eventually plan to try and make a side scroller (kinda like contra) with 2 of my friends this summer after we make a few simpler games. I am currently going through the old book "Teach YourSelf Game Programming in 21 Days"
My question is this: Is it worth it to go through that book and build up a dos library when it seems like everyone out there is using windows and direct x and making some pretty damn nice games that just blow those "mode 13h" games out of the water?
I don't want to waste my time learning about all of this ancient dos stuff, because I plan on (eventually) moving on to direct x which will allow me to make much better quality games
So should I go out and buy a book such as "Windows Game Programming For Dummies" or something similar that teaches me how to use direct x or will not having used windows before make that book to advanced for me.
Also, is it as easy as it seems to use direct x to make these games cause I have seen some pretty nice games. Even the simple games (like the tetris one I just downloaded) are very impressive to me.
Anyways thanks for reading this... if anyone still is and I appreciate any and all input I get.