Games - Next step?

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    Games - Next step?

    I am wanting to program games. I don't know what I need to learn or what API or OpenGL or anything are. My knowledge so far is I am strong in C++, and know a bit of Visual C++ (enough to make a few simple applications). What should my next steps be?

    Thank you.

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    you could start at www.gamedev.net

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    Books, lots of books. Game programming is one of the most difficult areas of programming, and it takes a lot of work to get any good at it. You want books on game programming of course, advanced mathematics, advanced C++, etc...

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    hmmm....

    Well After I made a few text-based games, Everyone told me to learn an API. Win32 is supposed to be the easiest I think...
    What is C++?

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    Talking Re: hmmm....

    Originally posted by Vicious
    Well After I made a few text-based games, Everyone told me to learn an API. Win32 is supposed to be the easiest I think...
    make games is my favorite, aha~

    first, as others told me, should learn C++, that is why I came here~
    Never end on learning~

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    Well After I made a few text-based games, Everyone told me to learn an API.
    Lol I'm not saying you should go learn an API right now. Of course if you are ever going to want to use graphics in one of your games you are going to have to learn an API. I figured since you have made a couple of games you be might be interested in learning an API. I was just giving it to you as an option for what you could do next. If you feel comfortable enough with C++, then it might be a good idea to learn an API. If you don't feel that you are ready to learn an API, then I wouldn't do it. However, after looking over an API for a little bit you'll be able to determine your answer easier.

    Win32 is supposed to be the easiest I think...
    I have absolutely no idea if it is the easiest, but from what I've heard it is supposedly the easiest, and many people start out with Win32 API for learning their first API. This may or may not be true, but this is the word I get from reading posts around here.


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    Well it is easy as I found out a while ago.

    I made my own window and was making all sorts of adjustments.
    I made a template so I wouldnt have to rewrit the same thing all the time.


    After playing with it I figured out how to put letters inside it.
    I have no idea how to use graphics yet though
    What is C++?

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