Actually you can think in those terms. However, only in the mind of the creator. The reason why is the operating systems. They don't stay a constant as in only one type. Every few years they bring out new ops and all comps use that op being built. Just like now you will be hard pressed to find a xp box or even vista. All I see on market is win7 and even its going 64bit. So that creates the demand to move with the progress or watch your creations disappear like so many dos programs.



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The entire issue of which language to use comes down to a single question, is this work or art? If a developer works for you then have every right to dictate how the project will go, and that would include how it was accomplished. In the end, the developer's goal is to meet your needs and satisfy you.

If, however, the project is a personal endeavor then it is categorized as an art. When an artist is creating he, or she, is doing so to meet their own needs and no one else should ever expect to be satisfied also. If others enjoy the end result that is an excellent bonus, but it should never be expected to the point that the observers treat it like anything less than an artist at work.

To a programmer, the language they choose is their instrument. I doubt any of us would have the gall to tell a musician they should switch to piano if they are composing a song with a harp. Every person probably has a favorite instrument but clearly it isn't any of our business which instrument someone uses. Someone could make the claim that a pianist should abandon his clunky real piano in favor of synth software. When it comes to art, convenience isn't important.

Just because game engines or tools exist to speed up game development, there is still no justification to pressure an artist into using them. In my opinion, it is disrespectful to treat their art as work expected to make others happy. If it brings a programmer personal satisfaction to write code from scratch then that is just fine.

If there are any programmers floating around who use languages so absolutely outdated that no one on the planet can even run their games, I tip my hat to you as artists just as I would to the developers of the most popular game titles today. I believe art should be respected as art.

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    Jim

I like Visual Basic 6.0 because I can not C.

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