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Mar
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comment Game Designer or Game Programmer, please help me choose!
By "small sized publishers", do you mean just smaller companies that work the same as larger ones or hobbyists? Again I know I shouldn't be making decisions based on money but Im totally unfamiliar with this and just the thought of earning a living through video game programming sounds ridiculous in the country I come from. I come from a whole lot different environment and I'm actually more like trying to get to know the field better rather than just trying to decide what I want to do. So do you suggest I study Computer Science in university? I have no problem with it as long as it's relevant.
Mar
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comment Game Designer or Game Programmer, please help me choose!
I know, I know, I'm sorry.. If that's so, then this is even more confusing and not right for me.. My first intention was to draw, design and code, but mostly design, give shape to ideas but that falls to the game artist category and their salary is not that great based on what the internet says. I know I should stop whining, but I want to do the aforementioned stuff and be the one to make decisions, but I just can't risk to go indie and start this as a hobby, I want this to be a long term job, like, I would depend on this. Is it really so set in stone?
Mar
29
comment Game Designer or Game Programmer, please help me choose!
I really like the idea of going indie but I feel like (I could be totally wrong, not that I have any experience) that it turns more like a hobby than an actual job, I mean, at a company you would have a more stable and higher paying job, right? Not that there's something wrong with working with larger companies, but to break it down, I just hate competition (in terms of ideas, being replaced by other people in the same company, etc.). I've been reading more on this subject and I feel like you have freedom as an indie, but you have the $$ on larger companies, despite being "controlled".. :/
Mar
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comment Game Designer or Game Programmer, please help me choose!
But, if the game designer just defines how the art looks, isn't that pretty much, just coming up with the idea and doing nothing? I mean, it's like, saying that "this should look like this, and this like that", but the artist is the one who is actually doing the work. How come the game designer gets paid more if the artist is the one actually "bringing the project to life"? So, you can't be a game developer, only a team can be called a game development team?
Mar
28
comment Game Designer or Game Programmer, please help me choose!
So, the game designer just draws a "raw" model of the game, let's say the skeleton? Or does he deal with the graphics as well? Because I do want to design the graphics but I don't want them to be my only job, I want to design and code (mostly leaning towards designing) projects that most of the time are "born" in my brain. I'm sorry if it sounds abstract to you. Also, really, I thought the game programmer, who deals with coding, is the same with the developer? Is the developer some sort of mix between the two, but leaning heavily towards one side?
Mar
28
comment Game Designer or Game Programmer, please help me choose!
I know that I'm the only one to determine what I will do, but that's not what I'm asking, I just want some sort of clarification of what's the difference between game designing and game programming, does the first deal with the design ONLY and the latter with coding ONLY or is the first a mix between coming up with the whole idea and manifesting it yourself? How should I not care for this right now, if not now, when, what should I choose to study in 1,5 years where I'll go to college? How can I get even a short term job after graduation that'll help me "survive" even if it's a short term one?
Mar
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comment Game Designer or Game Programmer, please help me choose!
But.. that's the problem, I have no idea. I have never programmed, how do I know? I know I know, you'd be like "Don't ask us, start programming and then see how it works for you", but I don't know where to start, I'm just so overwhelmed. And I don't know if I'll learn what would be taught in schools.I tried learning HTML once but online I couldn't do much and I dropped it after a couple of days because it was very theoretical and I was dealing for the very first time with it. Do I need to start as a programmer or jump to the game design courses in university right away? Isn't it, too specific?
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asked Game Designer or Game Programmer, please help me choose!