In the year of 2015, I had started to try to learn programming to make games. I had absolutely no clue how to even get started, I didn’t know jack…. I thought programming was for the smart people (I was wrong of course and I didn’t have the right mindset). But my brother who had started programming in 2012 knew something about programming. He directed me where to start. Basically, I started with a C# language book and I was reading alot of information, thinking I was gaining programming skills.
COMPLETE FAIL I must say, I started learning after doing some real programming and then reading a book for more depth and concretion to solidify what I had done.
I couldn’t retain the information and I couldn’t connect the dots to why I was learning these concepts (variables, objects, arrays). I closed the book. My brother tried explaining the concepts to me and I couldn’t understand what he was saying, it was foreign to me, I was like WTF. I gave up for a year, and now it was 2016. I hear about this website called “Udemy”, and I take a course on Java language instead of C# language because the book didn’t make sense to me (There’s many programming languages, you don’t need to learn them all, mastering one is a good idea, and creating projects with that language is where the real action happens). The course actually started to help me out a little bit. Things started to not look so blurry anymore, I was starting to understand. But I was still writing “Hello Worlds” and small text-based programs (small calculators, small bank program, small shop, and a whole lot of text programs without any pictures).
Basically it was looking like something like this.
“How much cash would you like to deposit?”
(Me typing amount): 500 Gold;
Account Balance = 500 Gold.
Would you like to deposit Gold? Press 2 to go back to menu.
So I was like so…. how am I going to make a game from this? (I now know if you learn the Java programming language, you can make android games in Android Studio Software, not IntelliJ Software I was using). I heard about Unity (a program that makes 2D and 3D Games). But I had trouble with this, So I didn’t do Unity at that time. Then I heard about GameMaker Studios, and that there was when I really started to make 2D games. It was very easy, and there was also this drag and drop feature to make a game (But I coded it instead, in Game Maker Language). Following tutorials after tutorial made me start to connect the dots and get a game going. Programming in general, whether using Java, C#, or C++ languages, started to make sense. Basically learning the fundamentals of coding in general regardless of which language you choose matters the most (variables, arrays, methods, classes). But I still have loads and loads more to learn, programming is very much an endless learning journey, but you don’t need to know everything, just what you need, at least learn the fundamentals and then you choose what libraries, framework, or language you want to use.