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No Im not 15 yet I would get one if I was old enough.
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Reading a book? Whats that? I hate reading. I know how to read so why would I want to learn it again. If you can find me a book that would be interesting and not be all pansy tell me. What do you recommend? All the books I've read either were stupid or made no sense. I am sure there are some great books out there though. I'll try Morriwind. Is there a mod where you can get a bunch of money? I've played all the demos out I LOVE FEAR adn Quake 4 is just so so. I play CS:S and I just finished CoD2. Yes I have played Heli Attack 3 and like it. Not too big of a fan of enemy territory. But Pheonix Master what books do you recommend?

EDIT: I cant wait I can build a pc for my dad and im getting excited.
EDIT2: I have like A.D.D so dont try to get to read William Shakespear. I really dont have A.D.D but thats like me. School is easy so I goof off and get in trouble.
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Actually, reading a book is a great idea. Every couple of years I get burned out on games for a while, and I turn to books as my first downtime activity when that happens. There are books to suit any tastes and desired "level of complexity".

Another alternative to try, if reading is off the table, is to write a game instead of just playing a game. Learn a programming language and get busy. It gives you a whole new appreciation for gaming when you have actually created one yourself.

If all else fails and you really MUST play a game, you could try trading a game with someone. I used to do this all the time back in the SNES and 486 days, we would arrange trades in Usenet forums and e-mail, then send each other our old games. There is definitely a level of faith in that kind of exchange, though; you could easily send your game and never receive anything from the other guy. Never happened to me, but that was 10 years ago...
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I've heard that a great free game is RuneScape found here:
http://www.runescape.com/
I've never played it or anything, but I've heard a lot of people talk about it very highly. Its worth a shot anyways.
ugh that game makes me throw up!
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Any way I could start programming a game. Like any programs or software?
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Reading a book isn't a bad idea, i personally like stephen king & james herbet books! As for games on 8th Dec a new free mmo is released as a prelude to a pay to play moo released next april you could check it out at www.darkandlight.net
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Any way I could start programming a game. Like any programs or software?
How to start depends on how much, if any, programming experience you have. If you've never programmed before, you shuold probably start with a simple language and simple games. E.g., you could use the Visual Basic for Applications that is embedded in Microsoft Office to create a card game (e.g. blackjack or solitaire) or dice game (e.g. Yahtzee or craps, probably with simplified betting). If you're a good learner then you can probably pick up the language from the online help; but to be a good programmer, you will need a book to teach you the ropes.

To make more interesting games, you will need to graduate to more powerful languages. Most commercial games are programmed in C or C++, or at least they used to be. Another option would be to use Java. I always used C with a little assembler thrown in to speed up the bottleneck code blocks. There are free C/C++ compilers available, a Google search for GNU C ought to find them. And Java is free too. They make their money getting you to buy graphical IDEs that make Java programming easier; but they are not technically necessary.
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If you really want a free game to pass the time, try Subspace (they call it Continuum now, but it use to be called Subspace). It's kind of like asteroids, but instead of blasting asteriod, you blast other people. I thought it was a neat little game, plus it is free. You can make a squad, compete in leagues, etc. I personally liked the Death Star Battle Zone (my personal favorite) and Extreme Games but stay away from Trench Wars Zone... it usually has a lot of people in it but it get boring fast, and its not a very "social" zone (though it has been a while since I have played so they may have changed). I would recommend you read over some of the introduction material for controls, weapons, ships, and such. There is a bit of a learning curve and unfortunatly there is no offline play to practice on your own, it's more of a self-taught kind of game. And don't expect someone to show you the ropes, unless you join a good squad, but once you get over the curve the game gets really fun and addicting.
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post #19 of 29
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Any other very simple things like visual basic that are free because I do not have the XP version of ms office? No I havent programmed b4.
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You don't need Office XP, VBA has been embedded into Office for a while now. I think maybe as old as Office 98, but don't quite me on that.

Here's a quick test to see if you have it: Open Microsoft Excel and press Alt-F11. It should take you to a Visual Basic editor.

Edit - Or did you mean that you don't have any version of Office? In that case, you might want to try Java. You can get that from Sun's website. Or if full blown Java is too much to bite off, you could try using HTML and JavaScript to do some things in a web browser.
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