C for games

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    C for games

    I have looked online for a answer to this but to no avail.

    question is this:

    Is it ok to do game programming in C? I have been learning it for 5 years and have become pretty good at it. The other issue I have is I cannot find any books on amazon that do C game programing, its all C++.

    More to back my theroy up is this:

    Doom was programmed in C
    Lemmings was programmed in C
    Earlier zelda games where coded in C ( i think )

    That shows me that good games can be made from the C language. I am wondering if you know of any advantages / disadvantges to using C as the core language for game development

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    Learning enough C++ if you have a good grasp of C shouldn't be that hard.
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    I plan to use C for my next game. No reason, just I've always used C++. I think I might use Watcom C too. Yeah.
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    There's nothing wrong with using C, or any other language for that matter. Books will usually use C++ code because it's more widely used, and object oriented design is easier to use when trying to explain techniques.

    Something else to point out is that there are very few things that C++ can do that cannot be simulated in C.

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    Something else to point out is that there are very few things that C++ can do that cannot be simulated in C.
    In fact, the original C++ compiler just converted the C++ source to C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahluka
    I plan to use C for my next game. No reason, just I've always used C++. I think I might use Watcom C too. Yeah.
    Well I must be psychic because about an hour after having posted that I stumbled across acrticles about programming the GBA. It's interesting working at such a low level and I'm facing challenges I've never faced before.

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    I never really looked at C and C++ as different languages. I mean, look at the name, C++ would be the value of C plus 1.

    C++ is just C, with more features.

    Or atleast that's how I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howzer
    I never really looked at C and C++ as different languages. I mean, look at the name, C++ would be the value of C plus 1.

    C++ is just C, with more features.

    Or atleast that's how I see it.
    Not really. That's just a common misconception.

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    then what's up with this:
    Code:
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <iostream>
    
    int main(){
        int inputc;
        int inputcpp;
        std::cout << "C++ output" << std::endl;
        printf("C output\n");
        std::cin >> inputcpp;
        scanf("%d",inputc);
        std::cout << inputcpp << std::endl;
        printf("%d\n",inputc);
        return 0;
    }
    I'm still convinced that C++ is just an extension of C, and ultimately, they're the same language.
    After all, C++ is just a bunch of different header files for C.

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    What you have there is a mixing of C++ and C code. C++ is not just an extension of C, it is a different language for the most part. It has different standards and much better ways of doing things, plus all kinds of different features C doesn't have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howzer
    then what's up with this:
    Code:
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <iostream>
    
    int main(){
        int inputc;
        int inputcpp;
        std::cout << "C++ output" << std::endl;
        printf("C output\n");
        std::cin >> inputcpp;
        scanf("%d",inputc);
        std::cout << inputcpp << std::endl;
        printf("%d\n",inputc);
        return 0;
    }
    I'm still convinced that C++ is just an extension of C, and ultimately, they're the same language.
    After all, C++ is just a bunch of different header files for C.
    Redirect this post to the C forum and someone might be able to fill you in a little better.

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    OMFG you guys...

    C was first created in the 60's then updated in the late 70's to standerd C. Then there were many languages with C as their core, but the one that caught on most was C++ which is an object oriented programing language that allowd the flexablity at cost of direction. Which is good for making more unique programs but requires more experimenting (alot more debugging).

    C++ is a variation of C...But so are many languages...C has nothing to do with C++, yet is a variation.

    C can make top of the line games....Its easier to make a gamer maker with C++ and then have VBS supported language and that will make it alot easier to make a game.

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