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    I need help with this game thing....

    I want to know how to program games. Not C++ programs that calculate a bank account. I know how to do variables, loops, arrays, strings, and all of the other basics, but I want to know about games. I was hoping somebody here could recommend a good game programming tutorial online. TIA.

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    Re: I need help with this game thing....

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    I want to know how to program games. Not C++ programs that calculate a bank account. I know how to do variables, loops, arrays, strings, and all of the other basics, but I want to know about games. I was hoping somebody here could recommend a good game programming tutorial online. TIA.
    www.gametutorials.com
    www.flipcode.com
    http://nehe.gamedev.net/
    "...the results are undefined, and we all know what "undefined" means: it means it works during development, it works during testing, and it blows up in your most important customers' faces." --Scott Meyers

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    I don't think he knows that C++ can be used for non-console

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    Unregistered, look into a good, simple API like Allegro or even the Window's GDI (if you're using a Window's OS). Try to make a simple tic-tac-toe or hangman game.

    As for what goes into making a game, here's a basic, generic example of a games parts/pieces:

    Initilization
    GameLoop
    CleanUp

    And the inside of the game loop is basically defined as:

    GetUserInput
    AdjustGameState/MovePieces
    DrawGameScrene

    And the loop would repeat until the user chose to exit, or a win or loss condition was met.

    The links that MrWizard gave above have some really good tutorials and articles (especially gamedev).

    Good luck!

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    That question can't really be answered easily. But, you'd want to start by making a console game, and I don't think there are many tutorials on that. The reason is, tutorials aren't really needed for that.

    You have to start on your own. I remember I asked the same question when I started, but I learned on my own. Start by making something like tic tac toe in console with c/c++. Just go through the game, and figure out how to code it.

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