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    Starting to develop your own games can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, if you're new at it, there are some free or moderately cheap software suites that can help get you started.

    • The Torque Engine
      Torque is a pretty decent pre-made game engine that will allow you to build your own game "from scratch" with some easy to use tools for level design. There are other components on the Torque website that can help you create other parts of your game.
    • RPG Maker
      While using an engine that's a bit outdated, there's no denying that RPG Maker has quite the user base of software developers. It's unmatched ease of use for cut-and-pasting games together attracts a lot of new game developers. If you've never authored your own game or been a part of a team that did, this would be an excellent place to start.
    • 3D Game Studio
      My personal favorite, Contiec has put together a fabulous 3D game engine that can be purchased for a nominal fee with no royalties and the ability to alter the source however you wish. The software has a very large group of supporters and quite a number of professional quality titles have been produced using this engine. The website also includes a ton of documentation, free material, and other components to help you create your game.


    If you know of other game production suites, feel free to post them!

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    o.O Sounds awesome. Great idea for a new forum on here.

    I'd love to give game development a try, but I will almost definitely fail. Things like this take a lot of time and patience, I'm sure.
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    They do, but if you're passionate about it, you'll find that you stick with it even when it gets tedious.

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    Direct X SDK March 2008. For all you C++ peoples
    I think this is pretty nice for writing apps in 3D, i hope it helps

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    game maker a pretty good game engine that can be expanded with dlls. First thing I started with when I started programing. Good to get yourself started and to learn some concepts before moving onto more complex things.

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    Interesting articles and one of the largest gamedev forums:
    Gamasutra - The Art & Business of Making Games
    GameDev.net - all your game development needs
    Famous OpenGL Tutorial:
    NeHe Productions: Main Page
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    Can you make games in VB6? Or just apps?
    Пойдите умирают осел. И остановка читая мою подпись.

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    ...Yes, you can make games in VB....
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    Let us hope so, if that Reverse Engineering crap actually works, I'll be amazed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pride View Post
    Can you make games in VB6? Or just apps?
    You could also search for BlitzBasic or DarkBasic, they are specialized on gamedev. But I don't know how good they are, as I never used them.
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    You have only linked to RMVX, which is only one out of four RPG makers that I know of...
    Theres is RPG maker 95, RPG maker 2003, RPG maker XP, and then RPG maker VX. People have different preferences. RMVX and RMXP require scripting for certain features, while I think that RM2k3 is best cause it has no scripting. RMXP and RMVX have better graphics, but cost money. If ya wanna find any, just google it.


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    Torque is a good one, some popular games used it. (Tribes 2 anyone? best game...)
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