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    Question Java game programming

    Hello, I've been reading the book Killer Game Programming in java but it seems to be full of mistakes and things that make it a little hard to follow for someone newer to java like myself. I was just wondering if anyone has any other suggestions for java game programming books besides this one? I've searched amazon but I can't find any besides the killer game programming in java.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Java game programming

    Moved from New to Java

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    Default Re: Java game programming

    I can't think of a good book, but the tutorials by thenewboston on YouTube are really helpful.

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    As a "noobie" I recommend you learn to crawl before you start to walk Reading any Introduction to Java Programming book is going to help you considerably. Heck you can make a game out of anything. The first game I recall making was a simple Text Based game with C++. Then I tried making one with graphics with Java while serving in Afghanistan. That failed (due to my computer overheating because of all the dust and dirt) so I reverted back to making a simple Text Based game again except with Java. I slowly started moving away from texts, adding a HUD, inventory system, buttons for christs sake lol. Now i'm working on a game that will almost remind someone of the Ruby system. The point I'm trying to make is, pick up a book and actually read it, my recommendation: Introduction to Java Programming Seventh Edition.

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    Default Re: Java game programming

    So... are new to programming?... and if so, you want to start programming a game in Java?

    My question to you is:
    1) do you understand how to manage a large project such as a video game?
    Your game might not be large, but there are methods to make your life easier when designing one. You could come up with one yourself, but if you do not have prior experience in game development or in Java Programming, you are in a world of hurt.

    2) Are you comfortable in your ability to programming in Java?
    If not, you might want to consider an easier alternative to making games. Like GameMaker(free) or Flash (but that costs money). I would not want to discourage you, but jumping right into Game Development was like I was when I jumped into making my own operating System. Sure I got there, but I believe that the project would have been more efficient if I had learned Assembly and low level C before jumping into this kind of project.

    3) If one and two were both yes, then you will not need a book to teach you how to make a game. Design it how ever you like. Do not follow some guide. You have the tools (java) to command the computer to do whatever you like. Make your own game engine and use your imagination and your creativity to make something fantastic. It takes time, but if you stick with it, you will be fine.

    My only tip would be to get used to leaving comments for yourself. It helps out a lot when you leave a project for a month or more and then you come back to work on it.

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    Default Re: Java game programming

    Quote Originally Posted by benjamin.b View Post
    Then I tried making one with graphics with Java while serving in Afghanistan. That failed (due to my computer overheating because of all the dust and dirt)
    Nobody else is allowed to complain about not being able to learn how to program, ever again. You win.

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    And dipndawtz, the best advice I can give you is to start small. Start by making a text-based game played on the command prompt. Then move to a simple game like pong, and go from there.
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