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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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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What are the typical day-to-day tasks of an entry level games programmer? [closed]

What I would like to know is: What are the daily duties of a graduate programmer in the games industry workplace? Is it mostly coding, analysing, designing, or what? Thank you. P.S. I am in my ...
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How can I minimize the chances of my game getting pirated?

I am planning to make a small game in the near future. How can I minimize the chances of it being pirated?
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Does C# have a future in games development?

I recently learned that the MMO Minecraft is powered by Java from a recent interview on CVG.co.uk on a possible collaboration between two former and now competing colleagues. In the interview he ...
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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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Component-based game object systems in practice

Let's see history of success. Which popular games (and game engines) were built using component-based game object system? Each answer should contain: Game Title (one per answer) Author / Company ...
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Kickstarter “last minute cold feet”

today I scheduled the publication of a video on Kickstarter requesting approximately $5,000 in order to complete the iPhone shooter game I started 1 year ago after quitting my job. I invested more ...
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What are typical job interview questions related to game development? [closed]

I've already looked at some examples from StackOverflow, but I'd like to know if any of you could show concrete examples of job interview questions... Are they different with a job related to game ...
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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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Neverending game development: how do I finish my game? [closed]

I have started developing my first iPhone game with Cocos2D in May 2012 after quitting my job as Bioinformatician in an important research center. Before quitting I spent six months studying some ...
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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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When does a game idea cross the line between homage/parody to ripoff?

I'm not sure where this question belongs, but as it pertains to the development of a game idea, I figured I'd try to post it here. Recently I've been inspired to create a game based on another game ...
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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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Is C++ “still” preferred in game development?

I am a 2D Game Programmer.Some programming languages which I am good at are C,Java ,C#. I also know Actionscript 2.0,3.0 and some javascript. I'm interested in learning 3D Game programming. So far ...
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What is the basic skill set that a Professional Game Programmer needs to have? [closed]

I have a very general question which bothers me but i want to add some details first. Im a core JAVA programmer.I have independently created some small games in Java for fun. Now, the more I'm looking ...
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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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What platform were old TV video games developed on?

I am very eager to know how TV video games (which we all used to play in our childhood) were developed and on which platform. I know how games are developed for mobile devices, Windows PC's and Mac ...
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What should I do about legal considerations for an indie game?

Apologies if there's a bit too much background information here, not sure what's relevant but figured I needed to outline the financial situation to differentiate this from other questions whose ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Guitar hero clone and music

I am an indie game developer and I am doing a game similar to guitar hero. I am using tracks composed by musicians and I contacted them to sing a licensing contract. As is my first indie project I ...
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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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Are July and August bad months to release an iPhone game? [closed]

After one year of indie game development I end my development cycle in summer time. I spoke recently with a marketing advisor and I was told me that I should never release something over the summer as ...
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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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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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What is a legal way to use music from registered authors in a game?

I have recently asked a question about music in games like Guitar Hero. I have found that that in Europe (at least) if I do want to use a track composed by a musician member of a royalty collecting ...
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Advices fo starting a video game design career [closed]

I'm 24 and have a passion for video games and game-design. I've decided I want to design video games as my career. I have no experience with designing video games or coding but I'm interested and ...
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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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Math major as a viable degree [closed]

While I realize there are many topics about CS vs software engineering vs game school programs, I haven't found anything relating to whether pure math degrees (with CS minor and electives) would also ...
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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 ...