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    hey im new and know nothing :D

    HI, im new. i understand basically nothing about coding. id like to start though so, any reconmendations on where i should start? i aim to become a "video game designer" i know thats a vague goal but i feel i need to look around and decide which i will be best at to make any further desicions. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by blab140 View Post
    HI, im new. i understand basically nothing about coding. id like to start though so, any reconmendations on where i should start? i aim to become a "video game designer" i know thats a vague goal but i feel i need to look around and decide which i will be best at to make any further desicions. thanks
    No matter what you want to be at the end of it, you should NEVER start with anything big. Because if you cannot do it, you will give up and that will be that.

    To start off with, you first need to pick your language. For games, you have a choice of a few, C# , C++ , Java, Python, etc. If you are completely new to coding, then I would stay away from C++, It will be too complicated. I personally would choose between C# or Java. They are both relatively similar and are both simple to get the hang of.

    If you choose C#, then this webpage has a few free ebooks that would be suitable for you. If you choose Java, then this webpage has a few book that are suitable too.

    Just remember though. Take your time. And do not expect to create a full 3D or even 2D game within 2 months of learning about the language. Start simple and work from there.

    Good Luck

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    I am also new .... can anyone help learning programming ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanjilovi View Post
    I am also new .... can anyone help learning programming ???
    What you need is on the post above yours. First pick what language you want to do.

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    thanks

    THANKS also, do you know anythign about coding applications. like say for tablets phones etc. im just wondering like what language they are or what its like :P

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    i found this

    look i found this. its supposedly easy. maybe it will help future app inventors learn about how apps work before they decide to learn a language?
    http://www.appinventorbeta.com

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    I have never used that before. But from the look of it, it seems that the apps it makes would be very limited in terms of functionality.

    As for coding your own, It would depend on the operating system on the tablet or phone. Windows 7 phones could have apps coded in any .NET language, iOS could be C++ or C and Android apps are written in Java

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    Quote Originally Posted by blab140 View Post
    THANKS also, do you know anythign about coding applications. like say for tablets phones etc. im just wondering like what language they are or what its like :P
    HTC -> .net framework
    Droid -> Java
    Apple -> C

    I code C hash-tag .Net
    Reference: W3C W3CWiki .Net Lib
    Validate: html CSS
    Debug: Chrome FireFox IE

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    Designating my following reply at the OP:

    Wanting to become a "video game designer" is still quite a vague description of a career path. There are a lot of different jobs that are encompassed into the video game design field, whether it be artistic, storyline development, or the down-to-earth code that makes the game work.

    From your post, it seems you want to learn the actual programming aspect of that particular field. In this case, there are still a wide variety of jobs that most gaming companies are familiar with. For example, you could be part of the team designing the graphics engine, the network that the game will run on for multiplayer, or even the clear physics of the game. There are many possibilities.

    My suggestion is for you to start with C or C++ since that is a prime language used today and is required by most job positions. It is one of the most used languages and it is very high-level. Many people recommend to start with a language that is easier to learn for beginners (like Java and Visual Basic), but I prefer that students take the challenge to see if they can pick up on C syntax and stay away from the bad programming habits that languages like VB teach. You can start with whatever you feel comfortable with, but in the end you will need to master C/C++ in some way.

    And like others have said, make sure to start simple. You don't need your first programs to be a poker game on the computer or anything that complicated. Start small. Make some programs that take user input and get a corresponding output. http://projecteuler.net/ is a great site for programmers to make simple programs in nearly any language to solve difficult math problems, which can serve as building coding skills and math skills (You will NEED math to get into video game design).

    For any programming language you may want to learn, Google can give a number of resources for you. There are many free websites out there that give tutorials on language syntax and stuff.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blab140 View Post
    HI, im new. i understand basically nothing about coding. id like to start though so, any reconmendations on where i should start? i aim to become a "video game designer" i know thats a vague goal but i feel i need to look around and decide which i will be best at to make any further desicions. thanks
    does not mater that you are new and know nothing.
    i think it's good place to increase your knowledge and get more information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wondershare View Post
    does not mater that you are new and know nothing.
    i think it's good place to increase your knowledge and get more information.
    The way I see it, if you just ask what you should do, rather than research then make an informed decision (and/or get opinions) then you should not do it at all.

    So if someone just said: "I want to make video games, what do I do!?" Then they should just stop there and not waste their time.

    If they say: "I want to make game, I have been reading up on what language to learn and it appears that C++ would be best suited for me. Would you agree with this?" Then they should try and learn it.

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    If you find Java and C# too complicated (I personally don't recommend Java for a starter language), I recommend Python, QBASIC (that's what I started with), Javascript (you should learn a bit of HTML first if you choose Javascript), or C.

    Video game designing has a bunch of different areas - coding is just one of them. I would explore game designing a little more first to find out if it is the actual coding of games that you want to do, versus say, modeling or plot developing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melloorr View Post
    The way I see it, if you just ask what you should do, rather than research then make an informed decision (and/or get opinions) then you should not do it at all.

    So if someone just said: "I want to make video games, what do I do!?" Then they should just stop there and not waste their time.

    If they say: "I want to make game, I have been reading up on what language to learn and it appears that C++ would be best suited for me. Would you agree with this?" Then they should try and learn it.

    Yes i am agree with you. good post by you.thanks for nice suggestion.

    C and C++ , JAVA , .Net is better option.


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