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I have a bit of interest in developing for Ubuntu Touch (I have little to no real coding experience also), but my main interest is trying to develop a 2D game.

From my understanding, I would either have to use QML for the interface + another language for the game itself, or just use another language for the interface and game, but pretty much, QML is only good for interfaces.

Is this true? If so, what's the best choice for another programming language to learn?

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It all depends on the game you're designing and what sort of graphics device you'd like to use. For example if you want to use OpenGL I would suggest using java or C++. You can develop games for ubuntu an multiple different languages but probably the best to do it in are java and c++ because they are cross platform. I know this from experience. Also check into Python, I heard it's also very useful when making a cross platform game.

If you're trying to make this an Online game for a networking library you can't use things such as .net and winsock you have to use a 3rd party networking library or write your own. .net and winsock are microsoft only and won't work under linux which is the main reason most games are developed in windows.

Enjoy and goodluck on the development of your new game!

P.S if you need an interface I suggest checking out QT or OpenGL in C++

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Hmm, I wouldn't mind trying to use Java. Could I use QML and Java together easily (QML for the interface, Java for everything else)? And could Java also be used on Ubuntu Touch? (Nexus 10) –  Espionage724 Apr 3 '13 at 4:16
that's all dependent whether or not java is compatible with a QML library before actually starting your game I suggest doing any necessary research on your project. –  Dylan Dodds Apr 3 '13 at 18:12
Ah, I see. But Java-itself can be ran on Ubuntu Touch right? –  Espionage724 Apr 4 '13 at 0:56
of course! java is cross platform and runs on nearly every device that you can think of! android, ios, linux, windows, and the list goes on. It's why popular games such as Minecraft and Runescape work on almost any operating system –  Dylan Dodds Apr 4 '13 at 1:02

Yes, you can develop a game completely using QML. There is a Qt Quick advanced tutorial on this link (http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-5.0/qtquick/qtquick2-qml-advtutorial.html) that builds a game this way.

The new Sprite(http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-5.0/qtquick/qml-qtquick2-sprite.html) and AnimatedSprite elements may be very useful for you.

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