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After playing some online games like Haxball that were developed by Flash it got me really wanting to start programming in it to develop web applications and games using it. I haven't has much programming experience, I've done a bit in C++ and Visual Studio. How hard is it to learn?

 

Thanks.

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Game development requires its own domain knowledge.

 

Don't focus on the platform because game X was developed using it.

 

Focus on general domain of game theory. Once you have a solid grounding in game mechanics and design. These are transferable to ANY language and platform.

 

In order to get into game development. Start off small, create something like "Pong".

 

Pong will teach you pretty much 80% of game domain:

 

* Game Loop.

* AI.

* Collision detection.

* Object state.

* Environment State.

* Point mechanism.

* Graphics Rendering.

 

If you have any specific questions just ask.

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Have you tried developing games for iOS? That way you won't have to learn new skills plus there is a huge market available which is ready to snap new games and apps. I am not saying Flash is dead, but its use is decreasing since people prefer to play games on their smartphones these days.

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I have basic knowledge in game development in a software called "scratch". I know how sprits work, randomizers, loops, variables etc...

 

But I'll look into game dev more :)

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I have basic knowledge in game development in a software called "scratch". I know how sprits work, randomizers, loops, variables etc...

 

But I'll look into game dev more :)

 

I'm planning on doing some free open workshops on game development in the UK. I'll try and get the events filmed if possible. I know a lot of programmers who are interested in game development and its something I've been putting off for a long time.

 

I'll keep you posted if you are interested.

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Try GameMaker. The name makes it sound like it's a program for 8-year-olds, but trust me, it's not. I've been developing games with it for several years, and there's just about nothing that C++ or other languages can do while it can't. To top it all off, it handles all the really low-level programming for you so you only focus on the stuff that matters :thumbsup:

 

Hope I helped you :)

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I wouldn't recommend making games in flash anyway. The support behind it is slowly dying out and it will soon be obsolete. Try using HTML5 and canvas to make games instead if you want to make web games. It might be harder to start especially if you don't have any knowledge about programming and HTML, but it's well worth it!

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I once made games in Flash and posted them to Newgrounds. Coding in flash is tedious and repetitive, and it's not 'fun' at all. Actionscript (the code for programming games in flash) is very conservative, as well as very few commands. So no, I would not recommend coding in flash. Instead, I would recommend HTML5 instead, as that is dominating the internet currently for coding.

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I would do what someone already mentioned. Make games for iOS and Android. There's tons of people who rather download a $1.99 game onto their phone and enjoy that rather then sit at a computer on a website like newgrounds to play flash games.

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I am interested in coding in AS3 myself as I am trying to put together a skill gaming website. I am doing pretty well when it comes to programming in PHP, but AS is quite unlikeable. Unfortunately I cannot find another platform that would behave in a decent way across browsers.

 

For those supporting HTML5, it was my first choice as well. However I had issues with timers not running properly in background tabs in FF and Chrome. That is unacceptable when it comes to competitions for valuable prizes. HTML5 might be the future, but the future is not here today, at least not for my needs.

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Have you tried developing games for iOS? That way you won't have to learn new skills plus there is a huge market available which is ready to snap new games and apps. I am not saying Flash is dead, but its use is decreasing since people prefer to play games on their smartphones these days.

I actually noticed that. It seems like many more games are being released for iOS as opposed to flash online. I know I see new games in the app store almost every time I look.

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