I want to make a game. a shoot em up, even. nothing fancy; rather basic gameplay, actually.
why? because I've never coded before. I'm a complete beginner in this area. the only thing going for me right now is that I can make my own music (thank you, madtracker), and that I don't give up too easily, so I was wondering:
-What programming language should I use/learn? The game would run as a windows (xp and above) executable and thus not be a web game.
-Is there a program to assist in 2d sprite work? (for exemple, a zoomed-in grid in which you can then make your sprites)
-Where would I pick up the sound effects?
-What else should I know?