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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Advices fo starting a video game design career [closed]

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 ...
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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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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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What is the best degree Computer Engineering or Software Engineering? [closed]

I'm interested in getting into the gaming industry, but i'm unsure as to whether which degree would help me the most. I also do not have any prior programming knowledge(apart from some basic html). So,...
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Starting a career with broad experience or specific experience [closed]

I am a senior in college going for a CS degree. I have an internship that works with a variety of languages and gives me a pretty good amount of responsibility. The only problem is that it is the ...
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Architects into videogames

I'm an architecture student in my last year. I've always been interested in videogames design. I use 3d Max and Photoshop on a daily basis, and I was thinking about aiming for a career in videogames, ...
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Platforms for sharing content and expertise [closed]

Are there any platforms / sites where people can share expertise in game development and where you can share (either payed or free) digital content (like images, sounds, animations but also frameworks ...
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How can i jump to game development and continue career in 7 months? [closed]

How can i jump to game development and continue career in 7 months?
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How do I go about hiring Level Designers from the Modding community?

The company I'm working for is growing fast and there's been talk of trying to hire level designers from the modding community. My question is simply, where would be good places to look for this, and ...
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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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Career in Game or in Software/Web [closed]

I am Currently Working in GameLoft India ..I have also great skills in Web Development and Software Development I had learned J2EE , Sliverlight , Asp. Now I am confused about my career 1)should i ...
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How many developers are there? [closed]

We game developers appear to be a pretty big community. But how big is that community exactly? How many developers, professional as well as amateur, are working on games all around the world? Do ...
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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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What are hosting demands for webgame? [closed]

What are demands on hosting for multiplayer strategy game like Empire, Travian? (memory for application, memory for database) in flash in .net in php ? EDIT: Comments says there is no response ...
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Famous 2D tile-based game? [closed]

Could you help me to find some famous 2D tile-based games look from upper? like Crazy arcade: I wanna get some square tiles background like this, but Crazy Arcade is the only game I know:D. Edit: I ...
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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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What advantages are gained by working in a gamedev company before doing indie [closed]

Is working in game dev company before going indie the right recipe? Really just looking for a clearer picture of advantages than what was posted in a similar question linked above.
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What web technology could I use which would support a decision tree?

I am a big game development fan but I haven't done any commercial work in the past. I have been asked by a non-profit to look at developing a game similar to the award-winning www.playspent.org They ...
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Where can I Find Free TOS or Privacy Policy Templates?

I've come to the point in development where I think I should take care of some of the "cover my butt" things. In particular, I'm looking for free samples or templates for "terms of service/use" and "...
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Why are the “professional” versions of console SDKs closed to the public?

Why are the "professional" versions of console SDKs closed to the public? For example the Xbox Development Kit is available only to certain registered developers. The PS3 has some similar arrangement. ...
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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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I would really like to write a script for a game, but do I have a chance? [closed]

I'm 18 and am very good a reading writing and storytelling. I would like to write out the concept script and scenes for a vdeogame. I have a High School diploma but at the moment no other formal ...
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Is game development Subcontracted?

I was having a conversation with someone who believed that components of a games code where subcontracted out to programmers in different countries where it would be cheaper, then assembled by the ...
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Is there ever a time when creating a level/world editor with your game is a bad idea? [closed]

I have created a few smaller games on my own in the past. My approach has always been to create a completed editor where it has all the functionality needed to save a level file and load it into the ...
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How can I make video games if I don't like programming? [closed]

I am studying C++ code in my school (my major is computer programming). Honestly, my grades are not so good, and assignments are really hard. Sometimes I feel sad that I will spend 8-10 hours per day ...
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How do you cope mentally with one very long piece of work [closed]

This is my first games industry job and my task is to take out one major game component and put in a newer one. So far it's been 5 weeks, and I'm still just staring at errors. I think it could be ...
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Looking for articles/books on: How do games make money? What models do they use?

I'm trying to research the ways in which games make money. I want to know more about the models they use (free/premium, trial/subscription, free-to-play with micro-transactions, etc.). In addition, I ...
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Can I get enough experience to get an industry job just by reading books?

I've been recently working with DirectX and getting familiar with game engines, sub-systems and have done game development for the last 5 years. I have a real question for those whom have worked in ...
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Recent mainstream games written in pure C? not C++ what was/is the point? [closed]

Recent meaning the current decade. I had found this post https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/a/15403/6544 wasnt c++ adopted as the industry standard quite some time back. In what sort of situation does ...
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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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Is there a portal dedicated to HTML5 games? [closed]

Just to get something straight; by "portal", I mean a website that frequently publishes a certain type of games, has a blog, some articles, maybe some tutorials and so on. All of these things are not ...
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Which approach is better: Frequent small updates, or occasional large ones? [closed]

I recently released the first publicly available free Alpha for my top-down shooter: Dread I'm trying to decide whether a weekly / bi-weekly small update release schedule is better than the more ...
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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: ...
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The mosts common topics that developer technical tests ask [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are typical job interview questions related to game development? I have a technical test on the horizon, and I'm brushing up on my 3D maths and algorithmic stuff - there ...
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Is there a centralized database of game names and IDs? [closed]

Given two games with very similar names: Alien Shooter II - Vengeance Alien Shooter: Vengeance Is there some place that I can go to get an ID or the 'canonical' name for these games? I suspect ...
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How to make money from creating a game for Windows? [closed]

I'm going to create a game. Well, a set of games, but they will accrue little by little. So, at the beginning there will be one game. The game will be written in C# with WPF and WCF techs, including ...
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Are difficult code tests when applying for jobs the norm?

I just did the online tech test for Lionhead and found it a bit defeating. There were questions that required you to work out the answers to recursive algorithms that accepted arrays as arguments and ...
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Which course would be better - architecture (or) games development?? [closed]

And will the job oppurtunities in games development field be good?? Which course can i prefer in these both??
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Version control with game development - When should I branch?

I recently started using Version Control with my projects (even though I'm working alone on them). I find that it gives a nice way to keep history of the whole development process (with issue tracking)...
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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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Trade shows and competitions in the UK

So I'v been hobby programming games for a few years now but never released anything. This year I was thinking about deepening my knowledge of the industry and doing some networking buy going to some ...
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What are some valuable conferences for game developers? [closed]

Lately I was thinking of visiting a Game Developer Conference and so I search the Internet, but I didn't find a thorough list of available Conferences. Now I know some of them, like the GDC in San ...
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Is working in game dev company before going indie the right recipe? [closed]

I've been kind of looking at a few of the successful game developers over the last 3-4 years and have noticed that the ones I've looked at and have had a lot of success worked in industry first before ...
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Game Programming Junior Demo Design [closed]

Consider the following demo: http://www.ashereinhorn.com/post/11140243390/short-capture-from-the-last-xna-version-direct3d (It has now almost been converted to C++ and DirecX10, and so the code is ...
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Cloud gaming Services [closed]

I am interested in learning about the new movement about cloud gaming services such as Gaikai and onLive which offer remote rendering on clouds for games. I want to know which is the most popular ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Gresham's Law relevant for modern online games that allow the use of real money as additional currency?

More and more online games are planning to allow the use of real money to purchase ingame items in addition to the standard ingame currency. Diablo III for example, which will be released next year, ...