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Topics about the professional game development industry itself, as opposed to topics that come up in the process of developing games.

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Which natural language, other than English, will be most beneficial to an aspiring game developer?

Which natural language, other than English, will be most beneficial to an aspiring game developer? French, because of the Canadian game industry, or Japanese, maybe? Will AAA studios consider it an ...
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I would really like to write a script for a game, but do I have a chance? [closed]

I'm 18 and am very good a reading writing and storytelling. I would like to write out the concept script and scenes for a vdeogame. I have a High School diploma but at the moment no other formal ...
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Is game development Subcontracted?

I was having a conversation with someone who believed that components of a games code where subcontracted out to programmers in different countries where it would be cheaper, then assembled by the ...
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Is there ever a time when creating a level/world editor with your game is a bad idea?

I have created a few smaller games on my own in the past. My approach has always been to create a completed editor where it has all the functionality needed to save a level file and load it into the ...
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How can I make video games if I don't like programming? [closed]

I am studying C++ code in my school (my major is computer programming). Honestly, my grades are not so good, and assignments are really hard. Sometimes I feel sad that I will spend 8-10 hours per day ...
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How do you cope mentally with one very long piece of work [closed]

This is my first games industry job and my task is to take out one major game component and put in a newer one. So far it's been 5 weeks, and I'm still just staring at errors. I think it could be ...
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Looking for articles/books on: How do games make money? What models do they use?

I'm trying to research the ways in which games make money. I want to know more about the models they use (free/premium, trial/subscription, free-to-play with micro-transactions, etc.). In addition, I ...
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Can I get enough experience to get an industry job just by reading books?

I've been recently working with DirectX and getting familiar with game engines, sub-systems and have done game development for the last 5 years. I have a real question for those whom have worked in ...
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Recent mainstream games written in pure C? not C++ what was/is the point? [closed]

Recent meaning the current decade. I had found this post http://gamedev.stackexchange.com/a/15403/6544 wasnt c++ adopted as the industry standard quite some time back. In what sort of situation does ...
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Is Java viable for serious game development? [closed]

Ever since I was a little kid, my dream has been to develop games. Well, now that I am older, more mature, and have some programming experience, I would like to start. However, I would like to turn ...
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Is there a portal dedicated to HTML5 games? [closed]

Just to get something straight; by "portal", I mean a website that frequently publishes a certain type of games, has a blog, some articles, maybe some tutorials and so on. All of these things are not ...
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Which approach is better: Frequent small updates, or occasional large ones?

I recently released the first publicly available free Alpha for my top-down shooter: Dread I'm trying to decide whether a weekly / bi-weekly small update release schedule is better than the more ...
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What is a “Gameplay Programmer”?

In job descriptions, I often see positions called "Gameplay Programmer". What do people in that position do, and what are some good starting places to learn what I would need to know to do that job?
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What is the difference between a game director and game producer?

I was browsing through the list of games Hironobu Sakaguchi has worked on and noticed that he is credited differently from game to game. Just to cite a few games from that list, he is credited as: ...
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The mosts common topics that developer technical tests ask [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are typical job interview questions related to game development? I have a technical test on the horizon, and I'm brushing up on my 3D maths and algorithmic stuff - ...
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Is there a centralized database of game names and IDs?

Given two games with very similar names: Alien Shooter II - Vengeance Alien Shooter: Vengeance Is there some place that I can go to get an ID or the 'canonical' name for these games? I suspect ...
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How to make money from creating a game for Windows? [closed]

I'm going to create a game. Well, a set of games, but they will accrue little by little. So, at the beginning there will be one game. The game will be written in C# with WPF and WCF techs, including ...
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Are difficult code tests when applying for jobs the norm?

I just did the online tech test for Lionhead and found it a bit defeating. There were questions that required you to work out the answers to recursive algorithms that accepted arrays as arguments and ...
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Which course would be better - architecture (or) games development?? [closed]

And will the job oppurtunities in games development field be good?? Which course can i prefer in these both??
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Version control with game development - When should I branch?

I recently started using Version Control with my projects (even though I'm working alone on them). I find that it gives a nice way to keep history of the whole development process (with issue ...
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Do Playfish and Zynga use Flash game engines? [closed]

I'm very interested to learn how to make 2D and 3D games, but I'm very new to this field so I am wondering if companies like Playfish, Zynga and other producer of games on Facebook are using publicly ...
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Trade shows and competitions in the UK

So I'v been hobby programming games for a few years now but never released anything. This year I was thinking about deepening my knowledge of the industry and doing some networking buy going to some ...
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What are some valuable conferences for game developers? [closed]

Lately I was thinking of visiting a Game Developer Conference and so I search the Internet, but I didn't find a thorough list of available Conferences. Now I know some of them, like the GDC in San ...
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Is working in game dev company before going indie the right recipe? [closed]

I've been kind of looking at a few of the successful game developers over the last 3-4 years and have noticed that the ones I've looked at and have had a lot of success worked in industry first before ...
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Game Programming Junior Demo Design [closed]

Consider the following demo: http://www.ashereinhorn.com/post/11140243390/short-capture-from-the-last-xna-version-direct3d (It has now almost been converted to C++ and DirecX10, and so the code is ...
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Cloud gaming Services

I am interested in learning about the new movement about cloud gaming services such as Gaikai and onLive which offer remote rendering on clouds for games. I want to know which is the most popular ...
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Do 2D games have a future? [closed]

I'm currently working on a 2D soft-body physics engine (since none exist right now -_-), but I'm worried that there's no point to spending what will most likely be years on it. Although I love ...
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What is the game development market shifting towards?

Aimed at the professionals who are there in the industry, what is the game development market shifting towards? Web-based or Mobile or Consoles/PCs. I have developed a decent knowledge of JavaScript ...
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Should I continue studying OpenGL or just switch to DirectX to give me a better chance of landing a job in the game industry? [closed]

I've been learning graphics programming for some time now using OpenGL and Linux. I'm pretty familiar with most of the concepts, but I would really like to further my knowledge and eventually pursue a ...
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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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Is Gresham's Law relevant for modern online games that allow the use of real money as additional currency?

More and more online games are planning to allow the use of real money to purchase ingame items in addition to the standard ingame currency. Diablo III for example, which will be released next year, ...
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What should I focus on learning to get a job doing high level programming instead of low level programming? [closed]

I am in last year of college. I want to get a job in games industry as programmer but I don't want to do low-level programming. I want to do something AI and machine learning related. Am I in the ...
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What's the URL of the video showing an EA representative talking about game programming?

The video shows an EA representative talking about how a programmer can get into the industry by showing some demos (in fact, he shows a physics demo presented by a candidate who wanted a job at EA). ...
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How do we keep ourselves from being sued for unknown patent infringements?

There's breaking news about Zynga being sued over some very obvious implementations. This is making me think that the game industry is full of landmines to be stepped on at every turn. What input does ...
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How can I measure the “creative/entertainment value” of video-game requirements?

I realize this question is complex and subjective, but bear with me for a moment. I firmly believe that video-game software is essentially different from, for example spreadsheet software, as from a ...
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How does one buy the rights for a game?

Let's take some old popular at a time but abandoned game: WorldRacing/HiOctane/Constructor/any other. Say I with a team want to revitalize said game and bring it to year 2011 without major changes and ...
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What popular/famous games are written in C? [closed]

It is very similar to this question: Famous games written in Java Does anyone know of any popular or famous games only written in C?
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Term for a game that used to cost money but is now a public license

What is the term for that? A game that used to cost money but is so old that it is now available for free (though not always open-sourced). Also, does anyone know where I can find a list of such ...
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Does an indie game developer really need to know graphics programming beyond the basics?

I've been working on a 2D game for the iPhone and learning a lot about game design in the process. I've looked at some of the most popular games for the iPhone ( angry birds, cut the rope, doodle ...
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Is it illegal to use a commercial song in your game (that you intend to sell)

If I were to buy, say this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fumBcKC6RE, strip/find/get the instrumental, and use that instrumental in a game I'm making, as a theme, say for a recurring boss ...
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App Store: Profitability for Game Developers

Recent days, I've been spending significant time in discovering chances of profitability of AppStore for developers. I have found many articles. Some of them are highly optimistic, while other are ...
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List of all games names? [closed]

Is there any list of game names anywhere, so i can choose a name for my game and avoid (legal) conflicts with other games as much as possible?
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What does it really take to make an MMORPG/Where should I go from here? [closed]

Foreword: I am posting this on answers.onstartups and gamedev.stackexchange because the expertise from each area will likely contribute useful information. Also, I saw similar questions to this, but I ...
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Do game companies usually provide their artists/modelers with drawing tablets?

Or do you have to provide your own? How essential are tablets for game development?
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Are there any good articles that layout the evolution of game development techniques?

I'm just getting into coding up some 3d rendering apps and I'm considering taking the jump into interactivity. While developing I've learned about Euler angles, gimbal lock, quaternions, frustum, ...
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What makes a game a game vs something else like a puzzle or a toy?

Famously the Sims and similar games have been described by some designers as Toys and not "really" games. I'm curious if there is a good answer to what makes something a game. For example many ...
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Search gamedev companies and vacancies by game genre

My favourite game genre is quest/adventure and I am a C++ game programmer and game designer from Europe. I visited a lot of job search & employment websites, but did not find any with a function ...
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How can I prepare myself to become game developer [closed]

I like to become game developer.. I already work as web developer for the past year. There I used php, jQuery, mysql and some framework also. It's little boring now same thing again and again. So I ...
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To sell or give for free [closed]

I am currently making a game that I was originally planning to sell. It is a simple 2D arcade style game for the PC. I've seen many indie games become popular and generate revenue from advertisements, ...
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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.