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Where to start with game development? [closed]

I asked this earlier in this thread at stackoverflow.com. One of the early comments redirected me here to gamedev.stackexchange.com, so I'm reposting here. Searching for related questions I found a ...
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Is game development a super elite club?

We all read job vacancies via the internet like GitHub jobs or StackExchange Careers 2.0 for example. You know, web app development, iOS/Android jobs and many other things. We even read about jobs ads ...
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What are milestones for a game developer to gauge their progress?

I know actually completing a game is a massive milestone, a complete polished, holistic experience. Something that I've not yet been able to commit to. There are of course classes and degrees to ...
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Is game development a no money field?

I'm about to graduate from high school and I've been thinking about the future. I'd really like to make videogames for a living, I have been playing with some tools (about to finally start a real ...
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I need advice for my future career [closed]

I'm 16 years old. I'm planning my future career and I'm standing on a doorstep and don't know which way to go. My dream was to create the best game ever. As I was growing up, I started to notice, ...
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Getting started in game development: Is XNA a good choice? [closed]

Long time reader; first time asker: I've wanted to a part of the games industry for a while, but my resume is 100% all backend work. I'm a strong C++/C# developer, with no practical game development ...
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Will Unity skills be transferable?

I'm currently learning Unity and working my way through a video game maths primer text book. My goal is to create a racing game for WebGL (using Three.js and maybe Physic.js). I'm well aware that ...
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What is the average job length in the game industry?

There seems to be a lot of turnover in the game industry. I'm curious what the average job length is for game developers.
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Independent game developer career advice [closed]

I recently left my full-time job for an independent game development career. So far things are going well: I've created two games for the iPhone (one has been in the app store for a month or so and ...
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How to go about getting hired by a game company [closed]

I've been programming business applications for Windows for a decade now & thinking it might be time for a change & considering game dev. I've played around in XNA and really enjoyed it. I've ...
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What to focus on in developing a game demo for an interview?

In other threads on this very website, it has been repeatedly stressed that having a game demo to showcase at a job interview is of paramount importance, so I decided to have a go and write my own ...
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Is it possible to be a game artist and not work on character/creature animation?

If I don't want to develop and animate living characters (animals, humans, robots, et cetera) for games, but I do want to develop/animate objects (TVs, phones, cars, et cetera) or levels... is it ...
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What should I expect from volunteer playtesting?

I have recently been invited to do some volunteer playtesting for a pretty well known developer. They made it very clear that it was on a volunteer basis only. It's not a job and I won't be getting ...
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Can learning how to do empirical research help a game developer?

I know this may be an odd question, but I have the opportunity to take a graduate class that teaches how to do empirical research. I've taken a Human-Computer Interaction class in the past where it ...
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Architects into videogames

I'm an architecture student in my last year. I've always been interested in videogames design. I use 3d Max and Photoshop on a daily basis, and I was thinking about aiming for a career in videogames, ...
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Career in Game Development [closed]

I currently study computer engineering and I want to lead my career towards game industry which I always want to be a part of. But I am not sure where to start. I applied some of the companies in the ...
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Game companies - Involvement of programmers in the design process

This is a question basically to programmers with experience working in game companies. How common is it that game coders participate in the design process of the game? Both gameplay design, and ...
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Game designer in need of career advice

I've been working in game industry as a game designer (and lately as a producer) for 5 years, with over 20 projects under the belt. However, all of the games that I've worked on we're free2play online ...
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Do AI or graphics programmers have more job opportunities?

I've come to a crossroads where I need to choose between focusing on AI or graphics programming for a career in games. I'm interested in both and am really wanting to know which area might have more ...
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Do game studios hire people based on their math knowledge alone?

I have very little programming skills outside of very basic levels of Java, but I have excellent math and science knowledge. I was wondering what I could offer any potential team if I were to go into ...
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How was your experience working as a game tester?

I'm currently an independent game developer. I'm open to the idea of working on a team in the game industry. I'm under the impression that being a "game tester" is a relatively easy way to get a ...
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What is the breakdown of jobs in game development?

There's a project I'm trying to start for Indie Game Development; specifically, it's going to be a social networking website that lets developers meet through (It's a secret). One of the key ...
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Is there a typical career path to learn game development “on the job”?

The extended version of the question is: what is the typical career paths that a developer without specific experience in game development should take if he/she wishes to work in the game development ...
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Should I take this game design class? [closed]

I'm in graduate school for computer science and the department is offering a game design class. This is the only class that is offered by the cs department that has anything to do with games. I have ...
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What are ways I can transition from enterprise application development into gaming development?

I'm currently a software architect using the Microsoft stack of enterprise app development tools (.NET, C#, SQL Server, etc.). I've been thinking about transitioning over to game dev. What paradigms ...
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Career in game development move: hone developper skills, go indie, or a mix? [closed]

Question When you have a current stable job as a developer in another field, what is the best course of action to enter the game industry? Wait (indefinitely?) for an opportunity to sell your ...
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Internships at a video game company [closed]

I have been thinking about what I want to be doing for the summer, and one of the things I have been considering was to try and find an internship at a game company. Does anyone know if game companies ...
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What programming languages would be used to make an Apple App like Angry Birds or Cut the Rope? [closed]

I'm currently working in the Multimedia industry and although I'm better at design then development. I have knowledge of HTML, CSS, very basic jQuery, Actionscript. What programming Languages would ...
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If I want to become a professional game developer, is learning Win32 API a must?

If I want to become a game developer, is learning Win32 API a must? Does X-BOX or PS based game developers need to know Win32 API? Is it possible for a professional game developer to develop games ...
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2answers
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Is this masters course worth taking? [closed]

I've been spending the last couple of years developing 2D game in XNA but there are still alot of gaps in my knowledge especially in terms of 3D development and working in game development teams and I ...
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Need guidelines for studying Game Development [closed]

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 ...
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1answer
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What are the skills an art student needs to learn to work in computer game industary? [closed]

I have a BA degree, but no experience in developing computer games or computer programming. What topics do I need to learn to find a job related to computer game development? Where should I start? ...
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How to get a job in the game industry if you live in a country where there are no game companies? [closed]

You know not everyone of us is living in the US/Europe where there is potentially many more employers/opportunities than other countries, I live in a country where there is literally zero game ...
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Dream Benefits at a Game Development Company [closed]

Besides salary, what are the benefits you dream to get from a game development company as an employee? For example, I would find these things useful for both, me and a company: Right to suggest own ...
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Finding contributors for a collab [closed]

Are there any sites where I can find people for a 0 budget collab?
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Is there a place in games for people with financial engineering or operations research backgrounds?

I just started my first year in college in an engineering school. I haven't had any classes about programming, and although I'm in an engineering school I'm not that good at (and don't enjoy) physics ...
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How to a go about making my modding into a career? [closed]

I am 16 years old and still at school(UK). I really enjoy creating maps using things like the creation kit and workshop on steam. I have loads of game ideas and every game I play creates 100 more. ...
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Is it easy for a game programmer to jump out of game industry? [closed]

It seems that the expierence is not that useful and easy to get. Is the experience important to older game programmer? What is the most important thing to a game programmer to get improved?
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Costs/profit of/when starting an indie company

In short, I want to start a game company. I do not have much coding experience (just basic understanding and ability to write basic programs), any graphics design experience, any audio mixing ...
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Is a Masters degree in computer science beneficial over a Bachelors in the game industry? [closed]

Suppose a student (who is seeking to become a video game developer) is studying Computer Science at a state-level university, and is about to complete his or her bachelors degree. Would the student ...
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What is a game development portfolio?

What is a portfolio in game development? Does it include programming or modelling and animation too? Can somebody explain it to me?
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Game Design vs Game Development

What is the difference between a video game developer and a video game designer?
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Mentality for the hard initial stage of game development [duplicate]

I feel like there is a lot of excitement involving the initial steps towards developing games. Kids (myself younger self included) get very excited about making games and talk for hours about the ...
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Different aspects of games development [closed]

I am and have been quite interested in programming games for quite a while now, however an interesting question I've thought about lately is what do I want to specialize in? After doing some research ...
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Starting a career with broad experience or specific experience [closed]

I am a senior in college going for a CS degree. I have an internship that works with a variety of languages and gives me a pretty good amount of responsibility. The only problem is that it is the ...
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Black Box Functionality Testing Methods that apply to an MMO [closed]

I've been interesed in a career in Video Game QA for a long time now. I've participated in roughly a dozen+ public/closed betas for different games, everything from FPS, MMO, MOBA and RTS, as well as ...
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Discrete mathematician? [duplicate]

I'm studying a relatively new mathematics degree called 'discrete mathematics'. This degree intertwines mathematics and computer science such that you can solve most mathematical programming problems ...
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which courses in Computer Science are really needed for game development? [closed]

I would like to know what courses that somebody interested in game development, should take in a Computer Science Career? I suppose that are necessary for example: - Discrete Mathematics - Computer ...
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What advantages are gained by working in a gamedev company before doing indie

Is working in game dev company before going indie the right recipe? Really just looking for a clearer picture of advantages than what was posted in a similar question linked above.
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Where is a good place to learn how to develop games? [closed]

I'm brazilian and I want to learn how to develop a game in some college or something like that, but I don't know any place here to learn it. Here is not that good either to develop games, as we don't ...