I am trying to learn as well and it is difficult. I am new to C++ and direct X and trying to learn both at the same time. AAAHHH
I have learned Pascal a long time ago but I am not sure that is really helping me. It's like I am learning all over again. I am very stubborn, though, and well, I got time on my hands so I figure why not.
Patience. I think it takes patience.
Right now I am trying to make a Falling objects game and I got the bitmap loaded !!! yeh
I want to do 3d games, too, but once you read all of the crazy stuff involved you figure out maybe I'll start with 2D first.
Good luck man. Maybe you have a better programming mind than me. I have a Bachelors in Mathematics and could program the physics and what not but without knowing the code commands ...the math is worthless.