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Ever since I had my first 48K Spectrum I've wanted to try and make game. I tried to learn BASIC, but at the time when there was no internet and no one to help me I inevitably lost motivation and the idea drifted away, far to the back of my mind.
I recently found a youtube series called Hanmade Hero, where a guy decided to show the entire process of coding a game in the C language from start to finish. The WHOLE thing coded by hand. Even though I don't understand C, I find the way the guy explains what he is doing very accessible, and I can see that as my knowledge and understanding increases, I will be able to learn the language at a good speed.
As mind boggling as it is to learn a new language at 36, I am inspired enough to give it a go.
However, I am discovering that it is even more complicated than that, and even before I start writing any code at all, just setting up eveything I need is hard enough.
So, I need a little help, and so far google has not answered my simplest questions, which makes me feel like I'm missing some fundamental background knowledge.
I wanted to follow along with the youtube series and use all the same software, and one thing I needed was the Emacs text editor(version 23.4.1 for windows, not the latest release). This is where I hit my first problem. By default, Emacs has black lettering on white background, and I would much prefer white on black background as it's much easier on the eyes. But can I figure out how that's done? Nope. I get the feeling you need to know about Emacs lisp or something, but it seems odd that it would be so hard to change straightforward settings like. I've google face customization but the results don't ever seem to help. Or at least I can't make them help.
If anyone is familiar with this I would greatly appreciate any advice(aside from using a different text editor), or least explaining what I'm dealing with.