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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Is Java viable for serious game development? [closed]

I have scoured the internet, but there are not very many resources for Java game development, not nearly as many as C++. In fact, most engines are written in C++. I tried to play a game made with ...
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How were 8-bit and 16-bit games developed? [closed]

We have a lot of information on the internet out there on plenty of engines, SDKs, fancy IDEs, etc. But how did people manage to develop games in the past? Are there 'famous' tools? What was the most ...
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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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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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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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Component-based game object systems in practice [closed]

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 Year ...
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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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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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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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How does one buy the rights for a game?

Let's take some old popular at a time but abandoned game: WorldRacing/HiOctane/Constructor/any other. Say I with a team want to revitalize said game and bring it to year 2011 without major changes and ...
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Is C++ “still” preferred in game development? [closed]

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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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 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 is console game development done? [closed]

I'm curious what the process is for development for a game console such as Wii, Playstation, or Xbox. Do I need to use some game engine and compile for each platform? What IDE is used? Any C++ IDE? ...
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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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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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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 I'...
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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 fight,...
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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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What popular/famous games are written in C? [closed]

It is very similar to this question: https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/3789/famous-games-written-in-java Does anyone know of any popular or famous games only written in C?
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How can I handle copyrighted music?

I have a curious question regarding on musics used in music rhythm game. In Guitar Hero for example, they used all different music albums in one program. Then, each album requires to ask permission to ...
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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 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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Do Playfish and Zynga use COTS 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 ...