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About 16 years ago i coded my own games in C. Is C++ language to be learning for this stuff kind of stuff today or something like Java? What is C# is that different to C++? Ive been out of this so long i have no idea whats going on with it anymore?


Sometimes i get a little tired of HTML and this PHP stuff so i thought it would be nice to do a bit of that for fun.

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I could be completely wrong about this, but I do believe games are written in C++ and less so in Java. Again, could be wrong, and it would depend upon the destination, of course. C# is a variant of C++ developed by Microsoft. It's a really nice language, and more of a true object-oriented language than C++. I believe it's primarily used for .NET, and I don't even know if C# is used outside of windows.


I actually met the guy that created C# some years ago when I was in Redmond. I did a bit of C# ASP.NET programming after that, but not much or for long.

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You can write games in Java, but I don't think it's the language of choice. Haven't really played that much with images yet, but standard drawing works good. Not really my field there.


My girlfriend has a class in game programming this year. They code in a C# framework called Microsoft Xna. The games coded are easily run on computers, Xbox360 and maybe some other gadgets. (So you are onto something here, Larry and Edward)

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Back 15 years ago, the most technical thing i used was DirectX libraries to setup the screen modes and stuff. I have done my fair share of programming in C with DOS 320 x 200, 640 x 480 linear memory screen modes. I know we need to learn Object Orientated Programming fully at one time, but check this book out http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-C-Through-Game-Programming/dp/1435457420/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337008447&sr=8-1. That's definitely a cool way to be learning it.

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That just sound slow! :P


I remember one of those games from I was little. You played as two monkeys throwing bananas at each other. Kind of like multiplayer angry birds. Crappy resolution and it did only run in dos, but I really liked it. My granddad had to do some "magic" every time before we could play it. Oh, the good old games. I still play my Nintendo Nes from time to to. Great memories!

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There are so many options to code games these days but C++ is the industry standard for all AAA game titles. C# with XNA can be used to make games for the desktop, windows phone 7 and the Xbox. However, you won't be able to make games using XNA for Windows 8 Metro.


Java was used to create the popular game Minecraft. You can use Flash/ActionScript as well as HTML/JavaScript to create games primarily for the browser and mobile devices.


If you want to make small network multiplayer games then C# or Java would probably be your best choice. Personally I am learning C# at the moment. There are a lot of great books on Flash game development that teach the core concepts of Game Programming. Not many updated books on C# that I have found.


Games Programming is definitely more fun than Web Programming, IMO :D

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C# is a distinct language from C++. C++ is designed for general object oriented programming in the days when the typical computer was a standalone machine running a command line-based user interface. C++ is a general-purpose programming language with high-level and low-level capabilities


C# http://csharp.net-informations.com is a somewhat upgraded version of C++, but not necessarily as powerful.

C# was mostly created by Microsoft I believe, to make C++ easier to use.


In C#, like in Java, all your objects are created with new. In C++ you can create objects that way or you can create them on the heap.


In C#, like with Java, the basic language is fairly straightforward. What you need to learn is the libraries. In C++ you also need to learn to use the libraries.



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