I come from a 2D background and figure that XNA is a perfect chance to start making some 3D programs, one problem: the math and terms involved are becoming too much for me. I'm looking for a resource to simplifiy the 3D process, I went through the nice video tutorials and got my ships moving and rotating; even got them rotating/moving on all three axis (axi ), albeit with some weird behavior. Terrain terrorifies me, I have no idea on any of it. I'm looking more so for explanation rather then code, I followed reimer's tutorials but I found them incredibly confusing; they seem more angled towards someone to play with the code rather then learn from the explanations.

Anyway, please if you have any resources share'em with me because I'm confused.

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Hello there...

I also think that reimers tutorials aren't so easy to understand for beginners. They aren't bad but i also felt a little lost.

I like the tutorials from www.thehazymind.com and also look at ziggyware.com for other links an tutorials.

It's not so easy to find advanced tutorials especially for xna. Take a look and search for managed directx tuturials. It's not too different from xna and those differences are well discribed on those sites. www.mdxinfo.com is a very good site to start.



Re: XNA Game Studio Express Starting 3D from 2D

Arek Bal

Make some plain terrain in blender...load it through content pipeline... make 1st person perspective from documentation tutorials. Hmm. What else Start thinking about collision detection - how to make your avatar/s live, contact with your 3d world. Without it, he's like ghost.

That would be some nice start(and no kick into face) before start drawing programaticaly.

Re: XNA Game Studio Express Starting 3D from 2D

Nick Gravelyn

I would check out xna101.net. It teaches you to create a simple game in 3D to get you thinking about three dimensions. Also covers some basic collision handling and loading models. Should be enough to get you started.

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Thank you all for your input, I'm checking out those sites now.