which software when making games ?

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    Originally posted by no-one
    (A)pplication (P)rogramming (I)nterface. API.

    its a set of functions, classes/structs, ect... used in easifying the programming of a specific... um... thing(task?).

    such as WinAPI is used in creating windows and "communicating" between your app and with Windows.

    OpenGL, and Direct-3D are API's for making graphics easier to code.

    Direct-X also has many other API's , one for sound, input, networking, ect...
    get a bit more clear now, thanx~
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    >> DirectX and OpenGL are among the two hardest APIs to learn

    Ever heard of Winsock, mate?
    Please direct all complaints regarding this post to the nearest brick wall Have a nice day.

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    Originally posted by DOlson
    I didn't see it mentioned above, but you could use SDL and OpenAL, if you care about being able to have your game work on multiple platforms. SDL seems a lot like DelphiX to me.
    SDL ? Dunno this stuff.
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    SDL is great. Here's the webpage: www.libsdl.org

    If you use Dev-C++, this site has some good tutorials on it:

    http://cone3d.gamedev.net/cgi-bin/in...s/gfxsdl/index

    I just started learning it and it is quite nice.

    EDIT: I just noticed that it says Microsoft Visual C++ as well, not just Dev-C++.
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    This thread of mine gives quite a bit of basic info for using Allegro. Allegro is the simplest of the major APIs, but that doesn't mean it's the weakest. Allegro is a very good API to use for 2d games.

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    woh, so many... hard to choose
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    Originally posted by black
    woh, so many... hard to choose
    Well, there looks to be tons of documentation online for SDL, and the advantage is that it makes it real easy to port your games to many platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, and BeOS, and possibly even Solaris, IRIX, FreeBSD, QNX, and OSF/True64.

    That alone makes it perfect for me, since I don't use Windows, yet I can easily recompile any software I create in DevC++ or VC++, and bammo! Windows users can play my games. I think that's great.

    I am not sure what benefits the other APIs would have, but SDL suits my needs.
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    Allegro is N-I-C-E. It is the simplist game library out there. And when you feel like you want more graphical bang, you can add in the AllegroGL plugin and use pure OpenGL graphics code, instead of Allegro's graphics code. All the rest of the features keep the same simple interface(input, sound, etc.). I am going to switch to AllegroGL after I finish this RPG. I think I might re-do all the graphics code in the engine with OpenGL graphics code after I learn AllegroGL, and make the engine better.

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    C and OpenGL. If you want more beautiful graphics then you should download Cg.
    Current projects:
    1) User Interface Development Kit (C++)
    2) HTML SDK (C++)
    3) Classes (C++)
    4) INI Editor (Delphi)

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    C++ and directx.
    i read something about Cg, and forgot about it. can ya give me a link? to more information, that is
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    I believe that Cg is by NVidia, so try
    http://www.nvidia.com
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