starting my game making career
OK I would like to start making video games with java to get my feet wet in the field. I have basic knowledge of the java language and can use it pretty efficiently. I know about the control flow of programming. I know about inheritance and packaging for a clean environment. I have finally grasped the idea of object oriented programming (that would took me a while). I keep my code clean and easy to read. I note everything I can. I am just new to the entire coding from scratch idea.
My first project I want to start is a mmo I am going to call "stick world". It will have small 2d graphics that i want to eventually make into 3d graphics (i know 3d stick figures wouldn't that be great!?! lol) Its just to get me used to networking, client and server software development and game engine development.
I sorta sound like I know what I'm doing, but I don't know where to start. I haven't the slightest idea on how to get my idea going.
I haven't really developed any games small or large at all. so my question is this.
Can any one point me in the right direction?
I am not looking for some magical tutorial that says here it is! do it!.
I am mainly looking for a few or lots of small references that can get me going on the right path.
When I can afford it, I have been told that java game programming for dummies book should defiantly take me the right way. But i want to go further then that and try to learn as much as possible.
I would really appreciate the support if any one could give it to me. thank you. :)