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Complete Game Developing Beginner Seeking Guidance.

 
Lucina Emblem
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Hello! This is the first time I'm creating a topic on any forum, so I appologize if there's any "social rule" I'm violating.
That being said, I really desire to become a game developer! However, I'm a complete beginner when it comes to programming. I'm looking for advice as to what I should look into to begin creating a basic game from scratch. Right now, I'm reading "Head First: Java", I'm hoping that I can use Java to attempt to make a clone of Tetris for practice. Is there any other program/software I should utilize to accomplish this task? Thank you in advance!
 
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Hello Lucina, and welcome to CodeRanch!

It depends on your requirements, but you don't really need anything special to achieve this. As a matter of fact, as a beginner I recommend sticking to basic Java and start writing a very simple application.

I recommend that you first create the game as a basic command line application. You can just print the entire game to the command prompt whenever a block moves. When you're ready for a graphical user interface, you can learn Swing.
 
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Thanks for the advice, it's been pretty fun learning and trying out Java. CodeRanch seems like an awesome community too, really excited to be part of it!
 
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Lucina Emblem wrote:I'm hoping that I can use Java to attempt to make a clone of Tetris for practice.

You need to read this if you are planning to make your game public :

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/06/defining-tetris-how-courts-judge-gaming-clones/

http://www.webpronews.com/tetris-clones-beware-you-may-be-held-accountable-for-copyright-infringement-2012-06/

I too was thinking of the same as my first idea for a game


 
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