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I've completed my graduation in Computer Science and currently working as a Software Engineer in a software company. I was wondering if I can build my career in Game Development. If so, what should be my approach. I've a few questions:

  1. Which universities to apply for masters? Preferably in Canada. Scholarships available? How shall I prepare myself before applying which shall give me an edge or advantage over others?
  2. I know Java, C#, PHP etc. I dont think these languages will be needed in Game Development. In that case, what languages shall I focus on from now?
  3. How do I get some ideas about IDE/Engines/Platform of game development? I'm not talking about flash/browser games.
  4. Please suggest me anything you want as I don't know much about it so I'm most likely to miss the most important questions. Feel free to make this thread a starter guide for those interested in perusing their career in game development. Post every relevant information.

EDIT: I can see a lot of people suggested to build a small project/game. If so, please suggest me how do I start a small game developing (maybe a clone to some existing small games ie pacman, brick game etc) from start to end.

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Please describe the job that you are wanting to get. Do you want to be a coder in a big shop, join/start an indie-company? Math is always good, as is a good grounding in art theory. –  Larry Smithmier Mar 6 '11 at 4:32
    
Well I dont know what are the available jobs in this sector. But I like coding and designing since I've been working as a web developer for most of the time. Suggest me how do I approach for general study (MSc. level) in Game Development and later I can select a specific job. –  ShutterBug Mar 6 '11 at 4:38
    
I use all three of those languages... –  Noctrine Mar 6 '11 at 10:07
    
You can use XNA/Silverlight if you want to create games with C# –  Bart Mar 6 '11 at 10:16
    
Silverlight can be used for flash-type or browser games only, right? –  ShutterBug Mar 7 '11 at 3:47

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http://www.sloperama.com/advice.html

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+1 for Sloperama. That guy's FAQs are great. –  The Communist Duck Mar 6 '11 at 10:49
    
Thank you, that link is definitely rich. –  ShutterBug Mar 8 '11 at 3:44
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Link only answers should be comments instead. If you want to cull advice from sloperama and construct an answer out of it, do that. –  bobobobo Jan 28 '13 at 2:33
  1. No idea
  2. We're using all of the mentioned languages for GameDev. C++ would likely be a good addition.
  3. See e.g. this question
  4. Make a game. Finalize it, and release it. Someone applying for a gamedev job that has shown he can actually make and finish a game stands a lot better chance of getting a job.
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1) Which universities to apply for masters? Preferably in Canada. Scholarships available? How shall I prepare myself before applying which shall give me an edge or advantage over others?

Do not get a Master's degree!! Are you insane? You will be wasting 2 years of your life if what you want is a career in the game industry. You don't need more study in academia to get your first job in the game industry. A Bachelor's degree is enough. That, and a portfolio.

2) I know Java, C#, PHP etc. I dont think these languages will be needed in Game Development. In that case, what languages shall I focus on from now?

It doesn't matter, just get great at the language you're using to make the games you made in your portfolio.

3) How do I get some ideas about IDE/Engines/Platform of game development? I'm not talking about flash/browser games.

Finish a game. Through stumbling about the process of completing your first game, you'll learn everything there is to know about game engine basics. Through having to answer individual questions such as "How do I schedule an event in the future?" Or "how do I pick up a mouse click", you will learn by doing.

4) Please suggest me anything you want as I don't know much about it so I'm most likely to miss the most important questions. Feel free to make this thread a starter guide for those interested in perusing their career in game development. Post every relevant information.

Make a game. Make 2 games. Make more games. That's all you need to do.

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I know Java, C#, PHP etc.

You can apply your knowledge of java to make a game, or your knowledge of C# with XNA if you want to do so.

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