Questions about game-development related academic subject matter. It includes both specific game development degrees as well as other forms of coursework related to the job.

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Building a portfolio in Game Development while pursuing a Masters in Computer Science [closed]

I'm about to apply to a few universities in the US/Canada/UK(Probably going to be the former 2 unless someone knows a few good schools in the UK) to do my Masters in Computer Science. I wanted to ask ...
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Is using something like MakeHuman frowned upon while developing 3D games? [closed]

I came across this interesting application called MakeHuman, and I was wondering what developers in the gaming community thought about creating and exporting characters to Unity using this ...
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Any Summer schools/courses for the game development? [closed]

Is there any summer school for the game development or even mobile apps development in general (in Europe or Asia)? I could only find "AAU Summer School Aalborg University", but I was wondering if ...
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What platform should educational games target? [closed]

Should educational games target the PC or mobile market? My professional development experience has been with the PC, but I'm wondering if mobile (iOS, Android, etc.) has a better market for ...
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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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Where can I find game postmortems with a programmer perspective [closed]

There are a number of interesting game post-mortems in places like GDC vault or gamastura.com. The post-mortems are generally give with a CEO/manager perspective or a designer perspective, or, more ...
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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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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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Languages to develop games [closed]

Hello I am a 10th grade student from India...I have been playing games since a very young age. I want to work in the game industry as a game developer...I have started learning the basics of C ...
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What benefits does a game design degree have for a hobby game programmer?

I am interested in studying game design, not because I want a job in the games industry, but because I am interested in the subject itself. I read the following questions, but they mostly deal with ...
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Establish a person's genuine interest in game programming

I teach on a 3rd level, 4 year games programming degree (B.Sc. in Computer Games Development). We find that new and prospective students often conflate interests and abilities in game-playing, ...
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Game development lesson plan (9-12yr old) [closed]

I have been invited to help a couple of students make a video game. I would be working with 2-3 students aged 9-12 yrs. The time frame is 10 x 2hr classes over 10 weeks, with plenty of preparation ...
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Speech recognition and AI in language learning platform [closed]

I work for a publishing company that is looking to create an online virtual environment for English Language Learners. We are keen to create something immersive (virtual 3D world) through which the ...
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How important is engineering?

I'm a student at Ohio State, I hope to be a game developer one day, and I'm on track to be enrolled in the BS Computer Information and Science program in the Arts and Sciences department, but there's ...
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I know fundamental programming. But how do I get started in game development now? [closed]

I'm a 20 year old programming student. I know fundamental programming in BASIC, C, C++ and JAVA. What I wanted to ask is, where do I go from here? Are there any books that the community can mention ...
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Writing a Master's Thesis on evaluating visual scripting systems

I am thinking to write my Master's thesis around theorizing, and then implementing a PlayMaker or Kismet-like (building game logic by visually arranging FSMs) tool in Unity. The only thing I am still ...
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What is the best way to get into game development and learn how to program with graphics? [closed]

I'm a 16 year old learning C++. My friend and I have dreams of starting our own indie game company and we would, both, like to know how to get into game development. One of our major questions is: ...
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Game Development Institute?

Can you suggest a game development Institute? I am a newbie programmer and is really interested in developing my own game using C++ or other programming language. I would like to enroll my self in an ...
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Is there a book describing how old-school 2D games were programmed?

This fellow over on Stack Overflow has many questions on how 8/16-bit era games were programmed. I'd like to point him at a basic primer on how game loops worked, static entity arrays and rendering ...
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Game Design Education [closed]

I am very interested in a career as a video game designer. to clarify i mean one of the people to figure out how the mechanics, story, levels and art all work together. To any designers on the ...
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Game Design Schools

Are there any Colleges/Universities (besides digipen i am aware of that one) that are centred around video game careers? Failing that any that have particularly good video game programs? preferably ...
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Game Design Schools in Canada [closed]

I am a High School student in Ontario and i am trying looking for college/university programs the are specifically about game design. There are quite a few at most colleges near me, but they are all ...
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Value of the Game Institute Courses [closed]

I'm considering purchasing courses from Game Institute, specifically, the Foundation Studies Package. Has anyone here taken their courses? If so, do you feel they are a good value? If you can, please ...
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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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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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Gamedev related magazines

Do you know any gamedev related magazines ? I only know http://www.gdmag.com/ and http://www.gamasutra.com/ . I also know http://ffdmag.com/ ,there's texts about flash (sometimes related to games)
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What steps should I take to learn level design/programming? [closed]

I'm still in high school, and I've been playing games for 12 years, and I've always wanted to eventually learn level development and design, and programming. However I'm no good at art and as of now ...
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Should I consider a graduate degree in game development? [closed]

I am sure you guys can definitely help. Some universities, like NCSU, USC, UCSC for their master's, offer courses based on gaming and game development (some call it MS in Computer Science with an ...
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Are there any game/graphics development certifications?

Are there any industry respected certifications for game or graphics developers? Edit: I am thinking of professional certifications similar to Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) or ...
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Underlying skills and knowledge [closed]

I am trying to expand my knowledge on gaming and programming and I was wondering what underlying skills people think they one should learn to be a great programmer, or developer. What are some ...
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What do colleges such as Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design look for in a portfolio?

I really want to get into Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD), but I don't know if my skills are up to par. A representative came down today and she told me the requirements for the Game ...
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Is requirements analysis useful in game development?

I'm a software engineering student with a game development focus. How big of a part does requirement analysis play in game development? I'm asking because I'm trying to decide whether to take a class ...
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I.T. degree for game programming?

I am a 19 year old who has always been interested in video & computer games. I developed the interested for game programming about three months ago and started researching on the profession. The ...
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What are some non-obvious topics to learn for game development? [closed]

I've been writing games for around 10 years now (from QBasic to C# and everything in-between). I need to start stretching my skills into different areas. What are other, surprising topics I should ...
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Which university shall I choose in UK? ( game programming ) [closed]

I'm starting my undergraduate studies soon, but as I'm not from UK, I completly don't have idea what university should I choose. Do you know any good game programming universities? Is it good idea ...
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What is a good university for computer science and game development? [closed]

I am starting my computer science degree at a local community college in programming using C++. However, I will be transferring to a 4-year university. Does anyone have any insight on university ...
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Any interesting thesis topic? [closed]

I study Computer Science at Technical University of Lodz (in Poland) with Computer Game and Simulation Technology specialization. I'm going to defend BSc thesis next year and I was wondering what ...
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Should I formally study to make games?

I don't have formal studies in programming nor in graphic design, I'm self-taught, you know I have learned some things here and there. So far have been doing amateur stuff, sort of hobbyist. I would ...
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Is a computer science degree worth it? [closed]

I'm in my last year of high school, and I've been looking at colleges. I'm taking a C++ class at a local community college and I don't feel that it's worth it. I could have learned everything in that ...
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Does a minor in math increase my hirability? [closed]

I've been pondering this question for some months now, and have been unable to get an answer from anyone in the industry (likely because I know no one in the industry). I am currently completing a ...
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Which is better a computer science degree or a Software engineer degree? [closed]

I'm asking here so since you all have experience in or around game programming, that's what I want to do, and I’m trying to find as many options as I can before my senior year, which is next year. So ...
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Software Design or Advanced Computer Graphics for Game Dev Wannabe

So, I've been a programmer for 3 years and am finishing up my first graduate semester. I want to get into independent software( mostly mobile ) development with a interest in game development. The ...
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Discussion about Serious Games : Their lacks and forces

I would like to start a little discussion about serious video games. Do you think serious games DO have their place in today's world ? What kind of serious games do you think the most interesting in ...
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Starting career with enough education but no experience?

I am a student in Game Programming at University and a lot of students like me are wondering the best way of entering the industry. With a bachelor degree in game programming, but no real experience ...
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Local to World coordinates in 2D and back

I'm getting back into hobby game programming after a long 4-year hiatus from college and I find that my understanding of coordinate systems is somewhat lacking. I'm trying my skills at creating a ...
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Do online colleges give you the same experience needed for programming or is it better to go on campus?

I don't know whether I should go online for my game programming degree or to be on campus. The closest college that offers game programming degree is in a different state 6 hours away. Any advice?
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Should I get a game focused programming degree or a computer science one? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Game Development Degree vs Computer Science Degree Heres the best education I got in ky math is AP Calculus and no technology class that teaches a programming language. ...
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Should I go to a University or Trade school to be a Game artist?

Im a senior this year and I'm seriously looking at colleges that can help me get into the game in the Game industry. I've been told countless times it's better if I go to a University(Usc, Becker ...
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What makes a good educational game? [closed]

I'm currently creating a game framework/engine for educational games. My hope is that this can be used in elementary schools. It is of course extremely important that the games are both fun and ...
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Where can I find resouces for developing an “Intro to Game Development” class at a Community College? [closed]

I am an adjunct professor at a technical College in South Carolina. I currently teach courses in .Net programming and Oracle PL/SQL. We’ve noticed an influx of students who want to learn more about ...