Step 1: The Demos
Demos. What you play a lot if you cant afford much :) How does a demo get started, and when? If you remember step 1 from the Beginners Guide, you'll see when. Inside the Fleshing, there is another phase. This one is the programming of a demonstration of a game. It can be just a video(ie. FF8), or it can be much, much more(Doom, Quake, Kingpin?). It all depends on how much you want that game. Also, a game STILL can be axed here. Its the turning point of when the Game is completed and the Concept is being made.
If you want to make a game, you shold start by concept, then make a small demo like a title screen or more. Then you can figure out what game YOU want to make.
Go To Step 2: Advanced Programming