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Jul 21 2013, 6:15pm Anchor

Hey everybody. For the longest time I have been wanting to learn how to make games. The thing is. I really don't know where to start at all. I've been told many things but the most common response I've seen is that C++ is the best language to learn if you want to make it in the gaming industry. 

Anyways. I wanted to create a mod base on the anime "Attack on Titan" Now Obviously having very little knowledge on programming or modding I do not know where to start. I understand that I can't learn this over night and it will A LOT of time and dedication to do. So I decided to start in small steps. The first thing I want to do is model the gear that I would be making.

  • So here is a simple list of questions I have
     
  • Should I learn C++?
     
  • What is the best place to learn C++? (There are so many websites I have no idea which is the best)
     
  • What are some good free programs for 3D modeling that can be imported into the source engine?
     
  • Other advice you guys could offer me?

    I really would love to actually stick with this mod because this idea has seemed liked so much fun to me. Any help would be GREATLY apperciated 

Garrador
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Jul 21 2013, 6:34pm Anchor

Well, most definetly you want to learn C++ if you want to do these things yourself. But, learning through modding is by so far the worst way to learn C++ in general, tbh, as the source engine is built WITH C++, but has its own syntax and ways to do things. Ways you can only understand if you really understand C++.

So, my first set of recommendations are:

1. Read C++ for dummies, or another C++ starter book. Go through it a few times whilst programming simple applications to "burn" stuff to memory, and get used to writing code 

2. When you get a good grasp of things, and you understand the basics (that could take a while, so be patient), I'd personally recommend Scott meyers' "Effective C++" and "More effective C++". They are great for honing your skills, and providing you with information on how to write good code, as well as fail-safing it, to some extent.

3. Ask yourself how you'd like to implement the base functionality of the mod. Do you know atleast 2/3's of that answer? In programming terms, that is.
If you feel really comfortable with C++, and you know you can manage a cluttered SDK like source, you should start off reading the SDK documentation and try to implement some basic features. I would still recommend, even if you're efficient and well-taught, that you "try out" the features of the engine first. Learn the ropes, if you will.

It's hard to give an accurate answer. Subscribe to mailing lists, joing a forum (i.e: interlopers) and ask questions as they arise. But do not venture off with a full conversion mod if you have no idea where to start, and if you don't know programming and game-programming from before.

As you might have noticed or picked up on, programming is a generic thing. Its what you apply it to, that makes the difference. Game programming has other priorities and limits than you would have with a media library for instance. So start with the language itself, and then "specialize" on game programming later.

Edited by: Garrador

Jul 21 2013, 6:39pm Anchor

are books the best way to go? Aren't there websites that give the same thing?

Garrador
Garrador Modder
Jul 21 2013, 6:43pm Anchor

I'd recommend books, as they have a specific goal and a good structure. There are websites with tutorials and whatnot, but I myself got the most out of books. These can of course be downloaded as e-books, and read on your computer as any website would.

Jul 21 2013, 6:51pm Anchor

Do you have any recommendations on free ones? I don't want to just "pirate" an e-book

Garrador
Garrador Modder
Jul 22 2013, 7:17pm Anchor

I'm afraid not. I bought these books myself, and liked the pace and structure of them all. Of course, in between you go tutorial-hunting, and/or just fiddle with some apps.

Check out cplusplus website. Tutorials on most concepts and features there, but like I said, not a dedicated book, so to speak.

Nov 21 2013, 7:23pm Anchor

1. The New Boston, great website for programming and cool guy in
general
2.softimage mod tool(you can download it here on moddb through a mirror) or 3dds max or maya
3.source sdk

Kothen wrote:are books the best way to go? Aren't there websites that give the same thing?
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