Hey everyone, still pretty new to this site although I have used it many times to help me through problems i have had in the past.
I am currently going to school for game programming and have been learning C++ the past few quarters. So far we have only worked in the Win32 console and have made a Yahtzee game, tic-tac-toe, Tron and other basic programs.
What I am looking to do is start a side project on my own time to practice and build upon game programming, I am not 100% sure as to where to start but I would like to take the knowledge that I have and build upon it, and make a 2D either turn based game or just a basic side scroller action game. What type of programs would I need to use in order to make something like this?
Would this be where DirectX or OpenGL would come into play (still havent learned about those yet)? Or am I heading in the right direction? Also does this seem like something that is doable, or am I kind of jumping in too deep with this.
I wanna just get some opinions on where I can start as far as a program goes (if I need anything other then Visual Studio 2008). Basically, when I am out of school, I want to have a solid resume and have some good game programming experience in and out of school and thought a side project would be the best bet.
Thanks a lot everyone!