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    Default How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    I want to know how to make games in java. How do I import graphics the way a game like minecraft does? How do I make a physics engine ? An AI engine?

    Where can I learn all this stuff? Any good books, tutorials etc. Anything would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    Learn Java first.
    Please do not ask for code as refusal often offends.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    And you cannot learn all those things in one book.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tolls View Post
    Learn Java first.
    How will I know when I'm done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eranga View Post
    And you cannot learn all those things in one book.
    Multiple sources would be fine.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    Quote Originally Posted by gogonimago View Post
    How will I know when I'm done?
    When you start giving good answers in a forum like this, perhaps.

    But seriously that's impossible to answer, as no one is ever "done". The key though is to "start", so jump in, learn Java.
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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

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    The key though is to "start", so jump in, learn Java.
    Well I read a pretty good book on Java, Headfirst Java to be exact. I learned the basics from it, I think. So really my question should be : Where do I go from here if I want to be a Java game developer. Should I read another Java book? Should I code more? Should I find a tutorial on how to make games online?

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    I don't know since I don't do Java game creation, but I think "code more" is always good, I think finding game creator resources online is a good idea too including forums and such.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fubarable View Post
    I don't know since I don't do Java game creation, but I think "code more" is always good, I think finding game creator resources online is a good idea too including forums and such.
    Thanks, will do.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    Quote Originally Posted by gogonimago View Post
    How will I know when I'm done?
    Well, for starters you should be able to compile and run code on the command line.
    Should be able to write a simple text game of some sort without too many problems.
    Then try something involving file io.
    Then start on a simple Swing app.
    Add things as you go through...most people make the mistake of trying to write Swing app that talks to a database and needs to read from XYZ ports and plays music, all without knowing how to write a HelloWorld app.
    Please do not ask for code as refusal often offends.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    From the little I know and as much as I love Swing, if you want to make a serious Java game, avoid Swing as there are better game graphics libraries out there including the Lightweight Java Game Library.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    I did mentally question Swing when I wrote that...:)
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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    I had the same thought when I started learning to program. The best suggestion I have for you is to try writing a simple card game program, start with text based first then move into graphics. Once you get a card game down you can try board games, then easy puzzle games. Or take a class at a community college.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    Quote Originally Posted by gogonimago View Post
    Multiple sources would be fine.
    Yes, with the most suitable stuff. Search the forum, you can find lost of resources related to you.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    Quote Originally Posted by gogonimago View Post
    Well I read a pretty good book on Java, Headfirst Java to be exact. I learned the basics from it, I think. So really my question should be : Where do I go from here if I want to be a Java game developer. Should I read another Java book? Should I code more? Should I find a tutorial on how to make games online?

    My advice is to practice them while read. Just read one after the other not make sense at all.

    I am not a game developer at all, but I can give you a suggestion. Think about a very simple game, like moving an object without collapsing obstacles. Take a page and pencil and write down what are the steps (logic) you have to follow when you are playing the game. Then think about how you can convert each logic in to a Java code.

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    Default Re: How do I Get Started with Java Game Development?

    Thank you all for the great advice, you guys helped!

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