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 willing to learn. I want a job at any level but what would I need to land a job?

I have no college experience and I have no money. What is a cheap school, or do I really need to go to school for this, or can I learn on my own? Is it possible to do this with no money? I'm literally broke but I want this so bad I feel like its the only career I'll enjoy.

I want to call up company's and ask them what they are looking for in someone they want to hire, is that a good idea?

Also I don't know the history of video game design and I don't want to sound like a dummy when someone says something about this field or talks about a famous designer and I have no idea who they're talking about. So what is key info when it comes to this field and where should I find it?

Hopefully some of you guys and girls can help me out: I know in the future I will create something everyone will enjoy and you guys will remember when you gave me advice and I will always remember you guys for helping me. I'm gifted I know I am and I want to share my gift with the rest of the world by making games that change the Industry. Help me out please.


closed as not constructive by michael.bartnett, doppelgreener, Maik Semder, Ricket Oct 16 '12 at 13:54

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    \$\begingroup\$ This might be too broad to be answered, and I wouldn't be suprised this gets closed for this very reason. I won't personally vote for this as this calls for a good, detailed, answer. Just please, next time, try to format your question a bit better, a single block paragraph all in bold isn't gonna bring you more attention. \$\endgroup\$ – Laurent Couvidou Oct 16 '12 at 9:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Voting to close. This is unanswerable. If you want to get started in making games, then start making games. Become skilled in something, become valuable to a company. It's not like applying for a random desk job. You need to contribute a lot to the development of any given project. Nowadays there's no cost barrier to learning how to make games, so you've got no excuse. Hit the books. \$\endgroup\$ – michael.bartnett Oct 16 '12 at 10:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ This question is far too discussion oriented, so it is not a fit for our Q&A site. Please ask it on a discussion forum like gamedev.net or Reddit. Also read this article about how to start making games. \$\endgroup\$ – Ricket Oct 16 '12 at 13:57

You said "I have no experience with designing video games or coding", but you haven't said what you're able to do... I hope you have at least a very deep IT knowledge. To do career in videogame-industry is very hard, most of the times you should start with an indie game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie_game). If you gain success with that you can then report it in your CV or you can start your own business.

Anyway, if you need money you should work in a different industry and try to develop your game in your free time.


In case you haven't checked it out yet, this is a site that is very good to read when a person has questions like yours:



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