My purpose, what do I do?

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    My purpose, what do I do?

    Hi, guys.
    My mean purpose of computer programming is I want to mak games. Multiplayer internet games.]
    All the stuff I have is C++ 6, C# 2005, lcc-win32, and Dev-C++
    What more do I need to create games, I've seen screen shots of game designing, and they images have squares around them and stuff, what is that, photohshop?, lol, (I know its not that), but what exactly is it, they're designingi opengl/directx images on some programs, I think thats what i need.
    So anway, i want to follow my purpose and I need the right information to go the right direction
    I know C/C++ (average).
    and I might move onto C#
    depends on the answer.
    Please help all you game programmers.
    thanks
    jay

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    might wanna change your topic title, sounds like a suicide message :\

    basically you need a compiler (i see you have 1), the directX/openGL liraries (google them) and a few tutorials and your good to go. theres a few stickies with good links as well, just read through them.

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    Well, lets see, you need 10 other programmers to help you code your game, 10 other graphics programmers.... 10 3d artists, 10 people proficient in photoshop (generally used to create textures), about 1million dollars to pay them to do their job.... what elsee......

    Well, My point is, you are one of those guys, who will be working with a team, you don't make MMO's overnight, you don't make them overnight with 5000 people working on it either, its a long process, and many times it has diminishing returns. Realistically speaking, game programming is one of the toughest fields to get into and stay into, has lower pay than most programming companies, and much less stability....

    But, you have all you need to start programming an MMO with a team

    Learn opengl and directx both, they are probably a required skill in the world of game programming, I'm learning opengl now, and it has taken me 40 hours to make 2d pong all by myself, just imagine the size and scale of a game like Ultima Online(written in C#), Shadowbane(C++), or Ashen Empires(C++), or even Morrowind(C++).....

    Everyone should know a bit about graphics programming, but there are programming jobs where you specialize in that category..

    There are:
    AI programmers
    Mechanic Programmers
    Map/Script Programmers
    Graphics Programmers

    The list goes on and on, find out what you like to do best, and master it.......

    All this coming from a 17 y/o still in high school who just read a few books
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    I am a 2D game programmer, C,programming in DOS, have programmed a 2-player network game, etc, etc. And, I've been programming for 1 year. I have 4 books on game programming, and still, I'm not even close to programming anything otherthan simple games like sh'm'ups, simple overhead games, 90 deg rotation. I need about another 5 years before I can even start to program a 3D, multiplayer, internet game. Besides, it takes me a month to even program a simple 3D, rotating cube.

    Hope this helps

    KAWK

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    Look below. Accidently posted twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaylc185
    Hi, guys.
    My mean purpose of computer programming is I want to mak games. Multiplayer internet games.]
    All the stuff I have is C++ 6, C# 2005, lcc-win32, and Dev-C++
    What more do I need to create games, I've seen screen shots of game designing, and they images have squares around them and stuff, what is that, photohshop?, lol, (I know its not that), but what exactly is it, they're designingi opengl/directx images on some programs, I think thats what i need.
    So anway, i want to follow my purpose and I need the right information to go the right direction
    I know C/C++ (average).
    and I might move onto C#
    depends on the answer.
    Please help all you game programmers.
    thanks
    jay
    I recommend buying a book on Opengl. You can get some good ones from gamedev.net. You need a basic understanding of Classes as they will greatly help you in making your games. As for the graphics and stuff you will need to know a good amount of photoshop. Unless you plan on taking pictures of things with your digital camera to use as textures. I haven't really touched C# and I really dont know how good it is to use with openGL, and I havent tried. Acctualy, I should run a few tests to see if it works out, but I recommend sticking with C++ for now. As for the 3d part of things you should have a basic understanding with the 3d coordinates, and how things work. You should also look into some 3d modeling programs like 3d studio max, and Maya. They work really good, as far as putting them in the game thats a little more complicated.

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