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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What should I focus on learning to get a job doing high level programming instead of low level programming? [closed]

I am in last year of college. I want to get a job in games industry as programmer but I don't want to do low-level programming. I want to do something AI and machine learning related. Am I in the ...
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What's the URL of the video showing an EA representative talking about game programming?

The video shows an EA representative talking about how a programmer can get into the industry by showing some demos (in fact, he shows a physics demo presented by a candidate who wanted a job at EA). ...
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How do we keep ourselves from being sued for unknown patent infringements?

There's breaking news about Zynga being sued over some very obvious implementations. This is making me think that the game industry is full of landmines to be stepped on at every turn. What input does ...
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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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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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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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Term for a game that used to cost money but is now a public license

What is the term for that? A game that used to cost money but is so old that it is now available for free (though not always open-sourced). Also, does anyone know where I can find a list of such ...
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Does an indie game developer really need to know graphics programming beyond the basics?

I've been working on a 2D game for the iPhone and learning a lot about game design in the process. I've looked at some of the most popular games for the iPhone ( angry birds, cut the rope, doodle jump,...
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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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App Store: Profitability for Game Developers

Recent days, I've been spending significant time in discovering chances of profitability of AppStore for developers. I have found many articles. Some of them are highly optimistic, while other are ...
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List of all games names? [closed]

Is there any list of game names anywhere, so i can choose a name for my game and avoid (legal) conflicts with other games as much as possible?
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What does it really take to make an MMORPG/Where should I go from here? [closed]

Foreword: I am posting this on answers.onstartups and gamedev.stackexchange because the expertise from each area will likely contribute useful information. Also, I saw similar questions to this, but I ...
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Do game companies usually provide their artists/modelers with drawing tablets?

Or do you have to provide your own? How essential are tablets for game development?
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Are there any good articles that layout the evolution of game development techniques?

I'm just getting into coding up some 3d rendering apps and I'm considering taking the jump into interactivity. While developing I've learned about Euler angles, gimbal lock, quaternions, frustum, ...
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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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Search gamedev companies and vacancies by game genre [closed]

My favourite game genre is quest/adventure and I am a C++ game programmer and game designer from Europe. I visited a lot of job search & employment websites, but did not find any with a function ...
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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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To sell or give for free [closed]

I am currently making a game that I was originally planning to sell. It is a simple 2D arcade style game for the PC. I've seen many indie games become popular and generate revenue from advertisements, ...
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What is the average job length in the game industry?

There seems to be a lot of turnover in the game industry. I'm curious what the average job length is for game developers.
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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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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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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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What are the typical day-to-day tasks of a games writer?

I am interested in plot writing for games, and wondered first of all: Is this available as an entry-level position, or is it accessed through other avenues (even external to games development) And ...
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Career in Game Development [closed]

I currently study computer engineering and I want to lead my career towards game industry which I always want to be a part of. But I am not sure where to start. I applied some of the companies in the ...
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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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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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Has an open console any chance to give more strength to the indie game world?

I have heard about the GPX, but i don't really think the embedded market is mature enough in terms of performance, but what about the home console market ? I'm not talking about last-generation ...
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In general, are programmers or artists paid better? [closed]

I'm in a private game programming school where there also are 3D art classes; sadly, there seems to be a lot more students in those latter classes, something like 50% or 100% more. So I was wondering:...
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Mini Game Platform for PC - similar to Warcraft III Custom Games

I think it would be fun to make a game for pc that has an online community like Warcraft III (the RTS, not the MMORPG), aka there's lobbies and chat rooms and users can host games to play with ...
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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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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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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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Will we see a trend of stereoscopic 3D games coming up in the near future?

I've noticed that the trend of movies is diving into the world of movies with 3-dimensional camera.For me it provoked a thought as if it was the same feeling people got when they saw a colour movie ...
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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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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 is “pixel art”?

I'm interested in working as an artist in the game industry. Many job postings contain the phrase "pixel art". What exactly is pixel art?
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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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How was your experience working as a game tester? [closed]

I'm currently an independent game developer. I'm open to the idea of working on a team in the game industry. I'm under the impression that being a "game tester" is a relatively easy way to get a job....
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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 ...