Questions tagged [game-industry]

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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Why do game developers ask for so much money for their games? [closed]

For many years now the cost of video games has been bothering me. I’ll admit. I’ve only been playing videos games since the NES days right up to the PlayStation 2, after that I pretty much switched ...
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In what ways do lawyers and others involved in the legal field impact game development?

Most people have a general idea about what programmers, artists, designers and musicians do in the industry, but I’ve seldom heard about how the law and lawyers impact game development. I’m especially ...
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What do "Character Designers" do in the game industry?

I'm curious about character designers, do they design characters in game related images like wallpapers or something like these :
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In today's video game industry, why isn't every game released on PC?

In this day and age, you absolutely must use a computer to make a video game; and, no, "users making their own content using our editor built into the game itself" doesn't count. I'm talking ...
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Next steps for students' project

I teach a basic course on game development, in which students design a game idea and write a digital prototype in Unity - about 5 minutes demonstrating the main idea and gameplay. Some of the teams ...
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Game development equivalent of Movie Director

Is there a job in game development that is equivalent to being a movie director?
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Why are there no in game time subscription options?

Many games employ a monthly subscription to play a game. However, this makes coming back to a game pretty difficult, as you are most likely unsure of whether you will be playing the game for a few ...
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Why do games have credits more often than other software?

Lately I have seen several videos that discuss how important it is to have your name in the credits of the game you've worked on. And it kinda makes sense - it's a way to prove to your future ...
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What does it mean to "release" a game in a country?

I would like to understand what is the meaning of releasing (or not) a game in a particular country. See for instance the case of Halo 2. According to this source the game was released in a set of ...
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Finding physical gamejams

I'm interested in participating in some gamejams and was hoping to be able to attend one in person. Is there a way I could search for gamejams in the general Dallas area?
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Game Dev where to go [closed]

I crave to become game Dev. I have watched tried and even made my first game tutored by brackeys that is a cube dodge game. I felt very happy and successful.but what to do to develop rather than ...
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Do industry professionals building games using UE4 use Blueprints at all, or do they use C++ exclusively?

As a teacher on a game development module I have usually insisted that users use C++, because it is a more sought-after skill in industry, but online support and information on C++ in Unreal Engine 4 ...
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Will working with a publisher help me prevent my game from being cloned?

I read many articles on "How (or why not without) to make mobile game without publisher". But the question that bothers me is: "What if I make a game, that really hits the market in the eye and ...
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Web games are being played less by the year, is this only on PC, or also on Mobile?

I just came from reading the NewZoo 2016 global game market report. The last time I read it, I noticed that the web game's segment was less than the years before (it was 5% in 2016, 6% in 2015, 9% in ...
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Why wouldn't games be published with Map Editors included?

15 years ago, in 2002, Warcraft 3 was released. Aside from being a great RTS game, it had lived for years past its release mostly due its World Editor - a fully-functional industrial-grade Map Editor ...
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What is a good strategy to switch my career from full-stack developer to game developer? [closed]

I am senior full-stack developer at age of 30 and I mainly work with Java EE/Spring/... in back-end and Angular/React/JQuery/... in the front-end. I love programming but my dream job was game ...
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Computer Graphics degree or Game Development degree to get into game industry? [closed]

I am currently having a BSc degree in Computer Science. I want to get into AAA game industry. My focus is on the core stuffs like rendering, physics, graphics programming. I plan to get a master's ...
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Why do game studios need graphics programmers if they're using game engines?

In the credits section of the games I play, there are names of graphics programmers. If they used a game engine, why do they need a graphics programmer? Isn't the game engine doing their job?
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"Here's money, make my game" [closed]

Okay I know it is not as easy as the title implies but I was wondering: I have an idea of a game I want to play. I recognize it would take a pretty huge development but for the full version I would be ...
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Are AAA games still made with programming languages?

I've been interested in how AAA games are made recently.I looked up how Fallout 4, one of my favourite games, was made. It turns out bethesda games uses a drag-and-drop style engine with maybe a ...
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Do programmers in the industry get to participate in the game design process?

My main goal is to create games which is why I'm planning on studying IT so I can later on be a game developer/programmer. My question is: does a game programmer get involved in the game designing ...
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Why is there almost never online multiplayer in indie games? [closed]

There are alot of which are local but very few who have online.
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Lost in Development [closed]

My name is Julian Ngolla. I am a 20 year old biology major who is a junior at Hunter college in NYC. In other words i am constantly busy and am basically broke. Ever since i was a kid me and my ...
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Can a partially completed game be sold to a game development company for completion?

I'm a lone programmer with an idea for a game. I believe I can code the mechanics of the game by myself. I do not think I have the expertise, time, or creativity to create the graphics and audio of ...
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Masters in Computers Science OR Game Design and Development? [closed]

Hey guys so I've been very confused on what path to take in terms of education. I'm a soon to be computer science graduate with a BS in Computer Programming. My hope is to one day land a job in the ...
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How to get started with game development? [closed]

I m a engineering student. I have intermediate knowledge of programming languages. I know how to program in C and C++, and i have no experience regarding graphics, sound or implementing physics in ...
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5 Examples of game Development technology helping/using movie animation technology and vice versa [closed]

I wish to have information on the technology of game development say Unreal being used in the movie industry. I also wish to have information on the technology of movie industry being used in the game ...
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Marketing a browser game with a specific audience

My issue is that I have extensively developed an online browser game, but mainly the marketing and independent developer guides tailor to action packed executable games. My game also tailors to a ...
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What is the difference between games technology and games development? [closed]

I have firmly decided to be in the games industry. However, I have really hard time choosing a bachelor program because I can't understand what's the difference between games technology and games ...
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Why would a game developer write their own engine instead of using existing ones?

I have observed that many big and well-known game developers often develop their own engines. Examples include Valve, Crytek, Ubisoft, Epic Games and Square-Enix. Could it simply be because they can, ...
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What do gameplay programmers do? [duplicate]

Game development has lots of fronts... gameplay, physics, graphics, etc. and whenever I look up the answer for this question it's always something vague like: "extended knowledge of c++, c# or ...
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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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What is a game development portfolio?

What is a portfolio in game development? Does it include programming or modelling and animation too? Can somebody explain it to me?
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How to get a job in the game industry if you live in a country where there are no game companies? [closed]

You know not everyone of us is living in the US/Europe where there is potentially many more employers/opportunities than other countries, I live in a country where there is literally zero game ...
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Is the corporate video game development industry habitable? [closed]

After a bit of research, I realized that almost every article about video game development portrays the industry in a terrible light. In these articles, companies abuse workers with unpaid overtime. ...
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Why do companies still use really old versions of Visual Studio?

I understand why C++ is used. That is not what this question is about. When I install games, commonly Steam (I pretty much only use Steam these days) will install the C++ 2005 Runtime distributable. ...
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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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How to create a legally valid timestamp of unpublished game artwork

Before publishing promotional material of my first indie game I wanted to mark all my artwork with a legally valid timestamp. There are two ways I know to do this: ...
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Kickstarter and 2D smartphone games

I am about to launch a Kickstarter project as, after 14 months of full time development on my first iOS game, I run out of money. I developed an iOS game that needs few more months to be ready (the ...
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How is good is Java as a language for browser based mmo games? [closed]

Somewhat related to Is Java viable for serious game development? I have decided to make a browser based mmo game. But the only programming language I know is Java. So I would like to know how good ...
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Newbie game programmer - Where do I start? [closed]

Okay, so I have been really inclined towards game programming this past few weeks. I have primarily been a web programmer and know a fair number of lanugages like PHP, Java, javascript, python, etc. I ...
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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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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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Is GNU GCC used for AAA games?

GNU GCC is a very common compiler, but it seems like almost no one uses it for bigger projects like AAA games. To me, it's works just fine, never had a problem with it. But I wonder why all AAA games ...
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Copyright infringement in game title [duplicate]

I'm a wanna-be indie developer, and I am working on my first flash game. But, before I even start with the code, I want to know this: When determining the title of my game, how can I decide if it is ...
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How do indie game developers make money? [closed]

How exactly do they make money their money? Do they go by a paid-per-copy system, or some other form of compensation? Edit: To clarify, I just saw "Indie Game - The Movie" and was wondering how ...
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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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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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Career in game development move: hone developper skills, go indie, or a mix? [closed]

Question When you have a current stable job as a developer in another field, what is the best course of action to enter the game industry? Wait (indefinitely?) for an opportunity to sell your skills ...
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Why released games usually contain their scripts sources?

AFAIK people like scripting because it's easier, and it makes development cycle faster. But what about when games are shipped. No one expects shipped binaries to be changed, unless there is an update ...
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