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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How to Make a Detailed Description for a Game [closed]

I’ve been working on a retro 2D story game for a while, and I was wondering: What would be a good (by good I mean informative and interesting) description for my game (to post on a blurb page for Itch)...
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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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How to raise funds for game developement

Creating a game can be a costfull process, if you are working on it full time with around 4 people for 2 years (buidling from scratch) you need about €400.000 for salaries alone. (An average medior ...
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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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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 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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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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Which natural language, other than English, will be most beneficial to an aspiring game developer? [closed]

Which natural language, other than English, will be most beneficial to an aspiring game developer? French, because of the Canadian game industry, or Japanese, maybe? Will AAA studios consider it an ...
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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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What makes a game a game vs something else like a puzzle or a toy?

Famously the Sims and similar games have been described by some designers as Toys and not "really" games. I'm curious if there is a good answer to what makes something a game. For example many ...
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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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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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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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How were cartridge-based games programmed? [closed]

I'm thinking of like the SNES, N64, Atari... even the DS today, I suppose. SNES games did not usually take up more than 4 MB of space, and N64 games were usually 32 to 64 MB worth of data. These ...
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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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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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Took one major now want to be in different industryssT [closed]

How different is Programmer Analyst from Game Programmer? I took the first one as my major but want to go with game development industry. Is it possible to transition from one to another? EDIT: ...
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How can I prepare myself to become game developer [closed]

I like to become game developer.. I already work as web developer for the past year. There I used php, jQuery, mysql and some framework also. It's little boring now same thing again and again. So I ...
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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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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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What is the game development market shifting towards? [closed]

Aimed at the professionals who are there in the industry, what is the game development market shifting towards? Web-based or Mobile or Consoles/PCs. I have developed a decent knowledge of JavaScript ...
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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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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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Current status of 3D Sound Effect APIs in games [closed]

I'm doing a little research on a subject, and it looks like there is some sort of crysis there? Last EAX/OpenAL supporting games were like in year 2006. Why is that? Is there is a major lost of ...
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How to monetize and protect a engine's and its framework's copyrights and patents?

I created a game engine that handles: Rendering levels with 2d textured curved surfaces Collisions with curved surfaces Animationn paths on and navigation in 2d-sapce I have also made a framework ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What platform were old TV video games developed on? [closed]

I am very eager to know how TV video games (which we all used to play in our childhood) were developed and on which platform. I know how games are developed for mobile devices, Windows PC's and Mac ...
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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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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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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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Do 2D games have a future? [closed]

I'm currently working on a 2D soft-body physics engine (since none exist right now -_-), but I'm worried that there's no point to spending what will most likely be years on it. Although I love ...
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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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“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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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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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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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. I'm a core Java programmer. I have independently created some small games in Java for fun. Now, the more I'm ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between a game director and game producer?

I was browsing through the list of games Hironobu Sakaguchi has worked on and noticed that he is credited differently from game to game. Just to cite a few games from that list, he is credited as: ...