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1  Discussions / General Discussions / Asteroids - How to accelerate in the correct direc on: 2004-11-30 17:11:29
Hi

Im very new to making games, and Im trying to do an asteriods type game. I currently can make my ship rotate left and right using the left and right keys, but I now want it to accelerate in the direction that the ship is facing when 'up' is pressed. Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies...

Andy
2  Discussions / General Discussions / Edutainment (educational games) on: 2004-11-18 17:59:48
Hi

After recently being put off the idea of learning to make games for a living (see my post from about a week ago), I'm now wondering if anyone knows about 'Edutainment'. I was thinking of doing my dissertation for uni on this, but changed my mind at the last minute. Basically, its educational games for school kids.

This looks extremely appealing, for its the kind of programming I would enjoy doing. Does anyone know any good links about this, or have any knowledge about this?

Thanks
3  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: Good tutorials? on: 2004-11-11 19:37:25
Thanks a lot for that! I'll check out Kevs invaders...
4  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: A career in games? Advice wanted on: 2004-11-11 19:32:44
Thanks crystal squid for that absolutly fantastic advice.

My current state of mind is that I should attempt to get whatever Java programming job I can get for now, but I will continue to improve my Java 2D game skills for a bit in my spare time. Then, when I'm ready, I'll try out 3D games and C++ (in fact, if I have trouble getting a job, I may decide to lean C++ for to help me with that)

Thanks again to all who have replied thus more, and to anyone else who has anything further to add....
5  Discussions / General Discussions / Good tutorials? on: 2004-11-10 17:47:49
Hi

I've just got into game programming and did a great tutorial at www.planetalia.com. This is a basic 2D space invaders game, but has given me a good start I think.
I was wondering if anyone can recommend any good tutorials I should try out next to broaden my knowledge.

Thanks
6  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: A career in games? Advice wanted on: 2004-11-10 17:25:24

Thanks to all who have replied so far. If there's any more opinions, keep them coming.

In response to nonnus29, my course was a Masters degree (although really, its more like squashing a normal degree into 1 year). My original degree was History, so this was a course that taught you stuff in a brand new area that was actually of some use (i.e how to program)
7  Discussions / General Discussions / A career in games? Advice wanted on: 2004-11-09 21:49:09
Hi there

I was wondering if anyone out there would like to give me some advice? I've just finished a conversion course in software development, and obviously now should be looking for a job. However, I've always wanted to learn how to make games, and after doing a fantastic tutorial on how to make a space invaders game at www.planetalia.com, I'd love to look into a possible career in this, be it in 2D Java games, or advancing into 3D and/or other languages.

Obviously I currently have, well, only about 48 hours of game development experience, but I was wondering if people have any good advice on how to pursue a career like this. Obviously I presume I'd need to learn lots more before I became employable, but how much experience do I need to get there? How long would it take to get the required experience/knowledge? Or alternatively, is a career in games very unrealistic, (due to it being highly competetive, or some other reason)and therefore should I just start looking for regular jobs using Java?

Thanks a lot in advance for anyone who replies to this
Andrew
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