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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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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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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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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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What's the difference between a “Gameplay Programmer” and a “Gameplay Engineer?”

I was reading some job descriptions from some AAA developers in the gaming industry, and I noticed there were jobs for "Gameplay Programmers" as well as "Gameplay Engineers." Are those the same ...
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Chances of landing a job as a (AAA or medium sized studio) game programmer? [closed]

How competitive are these jobs? If I am a fresh college graduate with a degree in CS and I have a portfolio that consists of one self-published and self-developed game with a little over 1k units ...
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Best way to gain C++ working experience for a job in games (coming from C#) [closed]

I am a software developer, experienced with C# (5 years experience) alongside a few other languages. My "dream job" is working in video games as a developer. Most jobs require knowledge of C++, ...
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Is C++ necessary to learn if I ever want to get a job in the game industry?

Is C++ necessary to learn if I ever want to get a job in the game industry? I am extremely familiar with C# and have a basic mastery of making 2D games in XNA 4.0. Right now I am only 13 years old and ...
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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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How important is Programming for a Level Designer?

I'm currently attending school in a Level Design program, and I was wondering how important programming really is in being a Level Designer? I'm apparently incapable of learning programming (despite ...
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How do I go about hiring Level Designers from the Modding community?

The company I'm working for is growing fast and there's been talk of trying to hire level designers from the modding community. My question is simply, where would be good places to look for this, and ...
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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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How to get into video game writing? [closed]

I'm an excellent writer with a talent for crafting characters, worlds, and plotlines of a unique and appealing nature. For some reason I'm studying computer science, but I know fiction writing is my ...
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Benefits of attending highly selective colleges

I live in a pretty high-income community where teachers and parents tell you that if you ever hope to have a good income, you have to go to a good, selective college. However I'm one of the few kids ...
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What basic non-games related computer knowledge should a games programmer possess? [closed]

So the question will very likely need re-phrasing. I thought about asking this for a while, but held off because it's a tad vague. To explain - I have been a programmer for 4 years and only begun ...
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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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Essential skills to be a games programmer [closed]

I recently posted a question about the kinds of things to expect in game programming tests for games companies as I found myself unprepared for some of the topics. There are two things I can say about ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Job prospects for game QA/testers

I'm currently a (happily employed) automated software tester that's curious about game testing/QA. Do game companies hire dedicated testers for pay? If yes, then what are the job prospects like? If ...
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Level Design V.S. Modeler

From what I understand being a level designer and a character/environment/object/etc Modeler are two different jobs, yet sometimes it feels like a Modeler can also do the job of the level designer. I ...
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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/Level Design Career translations in other fields

Although I would love to get a job in the gaming industry I can't help but feel I should have a backup plan. What I wanted to ask is game/level design a marketable skill that translates to other ...
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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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What is the difference between a level designer and an environment artist?

What are a level designer's roles in the development of a game, what are an environment artist's, and how do they compare? Are they overlapping roles? Does a game development team typically have both ...
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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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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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What should I wear to a job interview with a game development company?

Many game development companies are less formal in terms of workplace attire than other types of software development houses. For example, I know that one place at which I will be interviewing soon ...
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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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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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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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What does a Game Designer do? what skills do they need?

I know someone who is thinking about getting into game design, and I wondered, what does the job game designer entail? what tools do you have to learn how to use? what unique skills do you need? what ...
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What are the hot dev positions in game industry? [closed]

What are the hot postions which are hard to get in game industry? Client/Server/Game Engine/Networking and database or else?
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Where can I post job listings or browse through resumes? [closed]

[Hypothetically] I'm at a smaller company and looking for a place to get the word out about our available openings. Alternately, I'm looking for a place to browse through resumes of people looking ...