2D Gaming

What software would be good for programming a 2D game, not 3D like OpenGl. I am a beginner and I just finished learning the basics of C++ from a couple books but I am not a super programer, so is there a simple library I can use? [Visual C++ 2010 Express]
Try Allegro, it is pretty simple from a book I'm reading on this. If not, try SDL.
I second Allegro, it is not that bad.
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