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Alexander Bock    |     September 8th, 2011    |     15 comments
Text is an important part of almost all games. From informing the player of the awesome combo that they just got, to menu titles, button captions and epic storylines. In this tutorial, we will take a look at SDL_ttf, an addon library for SDL that uses the FreeType library to load fonts and render text.
SDL Tutorials

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Huh? My Pong clone uses 100% CPU and is still slow?

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