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Simple Games In VB?

I'm trying to think up some simple games made in VB, for example noughts and crosses can anybody suggest any other simple games? - They must include the following:

1)Basic Controls - Text Boxes, labels and command buttons
2)Selection Controls (at least one of option button, check box, list box etc)
3)Variables ( declare and use)
4)Selection Constructs - an If/Else/or a Select case construct
5) Multiple forms (2 or more)
6) File handling(store and retrieve using text files)
7) also must include one of the following: loop, array, general procedure including one parameter or a timer.

Could someone post some code of a game or just suggest a game.

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Games development is not rocket science but good Programming Practice, Design and Development comes with time, well how do you think most of the professionals learned, gone had the days when someone would write a game in there bedroom is more through hard work and determination, well lets put it another way some of the best programmers in the world to day are games programmers, itís a well known fact that without games development the graphics card industry would be still in the dark ages.(look what the wars did for technology).

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So I thought itís about time that we got some of the talented people on the forum to write the definitive guide to Design, Development and good programming practice.

You see some of the regulars to the forum no that Iím writing a small but technical game (well it is for me) and Iíve found it difficult to find code that would help in certain circumstances never mind how to start to set out the game on paper. Yes there are loads of documents on the web about the subject but not one that is the guru guideÖ

So with all that in mind and with all the talent that we have on the forum, and yes you know how you are: (Pookie, ChiefRedBull, Voltface, Billsso) but to name but a few.

So lets build up a development lets say worksheet that people can use on different aspects of writing a game.

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Basically what the people need to come up with is a process called reverse engineering ( that is having a project and breaking it down to smaller components until you can define each component of the existing project in turn).

But as wee donít have this it will have to be reverse engineering but the forward way.

Define a game (Tile-Based Shoot-em-up)

Divide it into small components for example

The Map System
[COLOR=sky blue]Display[/color]
[COLOR=sky blue]Update[/color]

The Map System
[COLOR=sky blue]Size[/color]
[COLOR=sky blue]Movement[/color]
[COLOR=sky blue]Interaction[/color]

Collision Detection System
[COLOR=sky blue]Between Ė Character / Map[/color]
[COLOR=sky blue]Between Ė Bullet / Map[/color]
[COLOR=sky blue]Between Ė Bullet / Character[/color]

As you can see this is probably not the way to do it but it does give an idea of how to breakdown a game into itís separate components as each component there may need to be a routine to accomplish that task.

[b]The Final Thought!![b]

I hope most of the people in the forum will go for this idea as it would help so many people and in the end that is what itís all about.

There maybe a few problems with the sites administrator allowing a large thread on this subject let allown the huge possible attachments it may produce but in turn I hope this can become a reality and help people to over come these and future setbacks.

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