I've been studying Java at University for 8 months now, which has basically involved a dull routine of adapting a program given to you into doing whatever is specified.
However I've been looking at creating games in Java for a while now and have looked up numerous tutorials and have learnt things such as using images, how to set display modes, threads, etc...
However is there anywhere that has good tutorials on what's required to make a game? For instance I still have no clue how to make good animations etc... I'd much rather find a collection of tutorials specifically for Gaming rather than learning things that I may or may not need and get confused as to what I should be using.
I've looked at some other newbie topics and they're being redirected to engines such as Slick2D... is this just so that it's easier to create games? I would have thought you should make a game from scratch, make your own engine and whatnot? Albeit very clueless when it comes to game development and whatever I search seems to end up in the completely wrong direction.
I guess what I really want for now is a simple side-scroller, and expand from there to create different games.
Thanks and sorry if this is extremely newbie, I thought I'd ask people who know what they're doing rather than bashing google with the same thing only slightly differently phrased.
Thanks in advance