April 21st, 2009, 11:09 AM
Looking into game making as a hobby
First of all, I'm not your average 12 year old hoping to make another Runescape in a few days. I do have some basic knowledge of C++. I found this site when I googled how to make an online game, and the thread I read (it was about 101 posts I read through), and I was suprised at how many posts I saw from pre-teens looking to make a huge MMORPG. I'm not like that.
I've been wanting to develop games for a while. What I'm looking to do is those online games, for instance, if you type in "Online Games" in google and click any of the top few sites, you'll come to a site with a lot of little games to play. That's what I'd like to do, not make a big site of it, but just make some games for fun.
Now, the thread I read had so many different things, I'm not sure where to start. Would those games I was referring to require OpenGL or DirectX? Which language would be best for those? Flash? Java? Any other? I have a text editor, and a paint program (Paint.Net), so I'd just need to look into getting a language program for the language that I'd be learning in.
If you have any other information, that'd be helpful. Thanks!
April 21st, 2009, 12:41 PM
Online games as in browser games? If so, Flash, Java Applets or Silverlight. You don't get to leverage Graphics APIs directly, although Java abstracts an OpenGL layer.
Most browser based games are made with Flash, which is a proprietary tool made by Adobe. People generally don't like Java Applets (they're quite memory and processor intensive) or Silverlight since it's a very new technology.
Comments on this post
April 21st, 2009, 01:52 PM
Thanks! Is there any decent Flash programs other than Adobe?
Originally Posted by Thr3ddy
April 21st, 2009, 03:03 PM
Others? Yes. Decent? Maybe you can find something here but I really doubt you'd find anything comparable to Adobe Flash.
April 21st, 2009, 03:46 PM
Alright, thanks for the help, Thr3ddy!
Originally Posted by Thr3ddy
April 23rd, 2009, 01:52 PM
April 24th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Originally Posted by jdavidw13
Flash by all means. If you get the adobe/macromedia(old name) suite, you can use Fireworks to draw everything (and its actually quite a good program), flash to do you game or animations and so on, and dreamweaver to make a nice little site to embed it on... the whole works will be available to you. I used to use Marcomedia MX studio, but don't know what the latest adobe suite is called, or what it is like for that matter.
Seriously though, good luck. At 12 I still though computers contained magic...
June 27th, 2009, 03:30 AM
When you do make a game, please let me know, I want to try it out.
Originally Posted by wnp7222
June 30th, 2009, 07:56 AM
Granted, those generally wind up being more like MUDS with minimal graphics (if any), but it can be done, and all of the software you need to make them is free.
June 30th, 2009, 08:06 AM
What kind of software do you have in mind and where could some one attain them?
Originally Posted by Plognark
June 30th, 2009, 07:06 PM
If you do make a game, please make sure you take the time and effort into making it secure. LG in Australia had a tower defence game in flash where the major prize is a 42" LCD, prize is still open until the end of July, it was opened at the start of June. Took all of 2 days for someone to hack it and submit bogus scores.
LG ended up dropping any score over a certain amount, shame it won't stop cheats submitting scores just under the cut off.
Originally Posted by jason_chambers
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