I am programming a lot of turn based game, all text, but how do you program real time combat in games, like an rts, or a shooter, where everything is not input based
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Real Time games are just Turn Based games where the turns go by really fast. Also a "turn" doesn't pause to wait for input, instead either polling keyboard/gamepad/mouse states or getting the information via events.
The game loop is your friend. Here is a more detailed explanation of some of the basic concepts and techniques involved.
As a side note, making a real time text based game is going to be difficult due to the nature of the console window. I'd recommend reading up on some basic graphics/input handling so you have a good platform to work from. SDL is a good choice if you want to dive in and Lazy Foo' has some excellent tutorials on the matter. As a bonus, the game loop structure is used in a number of the tutorials so you'll have some actual implementation to experiment with.