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    OpenGL ???

    Hello fellow programmers !

    I see all of you here have really good games an' that , and I came round to thinking : how the hell did you make that ?

    So anyway , eventually , I want to be able to program games. I feel quite comfortable with c++ , and read through many tutorials. Now , I want to move onto games.

    But where to start ???

    I was thinking OpenGL looks quite good for that sort of thing , and I was gonna start learning it , but I thought I might as well ask you in case I am drastically wrong.

    So , what language do you reckon I should learn ?
    Please help.

    Thanks.

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    OpenGL is not a language, its an API. No one is going to stop you from learning it, and what everyone tells you its their opinion and does not mean that you shouldnt learn OpenGL. Its good to know different things so go ahead and start learning.

    good luck.
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    I suggest if you want to make real good games you should get a turtourial on directX
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    I say go with OpenGL, but you can add stuff in DirectX like music.
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    You can use directX components such as sound and networking but still use OpenGL for graphics...I always suggest OpenGL for graphics because it's basically a heck of a lot easier to learn, and they're both otherwise pretty much the same thing functionality wise.
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    and they're both otherwise pretty much the same thing functionality wise
    OpenGL tend to leave you to implement lots of stuff on your own like image loaders while these are buildt-in in DirectX.
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    Also, DirectX covers alot of different areas, including 3D/2D, Audio, Network, Input, I think some other stuff too, can't remeber, where as OpenGL is strictly a 3D graphics API, you can do 2D with it as well.
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    >OpenGL tend to leave you to implement lots of stuff on your own like image loaders while these are buildt-in in DirectX.

    if your to lazy to write you own... you could use DevIL or something similar

    and OpenAL is supposed to be much better than direct sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no-one
    and OpenAL is supposed to be much better than direct sound.
    I believe OpenAL will actually USE Directsound depending on implementation. Although, the API make make it simpler to work with. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet myself. My point was, what do you mean by better?
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    Creative implements a software and a Direct Sound fallback, if the card doesnt support OpenAL

    Interview on the subject, explains some of the benefits as well...

    http://developer.creative.com/articl...&top=38&aid=95
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    Woah , wasn't expecting so many replies.

    Anyway , now I thank you all for all of your help , and I think I will go with opengl to start with. But does any1 know a decent tutorial for it.

    Okay thanks 4 your help.

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