I'm just at the the research and design stage for my final college project, I'm just wondering what some more experienced programmers think is the best way to get started with simple graphics and sound. The program is really just going to be a scripting language (not sure if would technically be an actual language) for text based games (well, by that I mean, my program will make a game out of a bunch of text files with instructions and data). I was thinking that I would like to add graphics and sound for certain events to go along with the text. I was thinking a 2D player tracking map would be neat too. So I'm looking for some starting points, like good graphics and sound libs for a beginner, good books - that sort of thing.