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Posted 05 December 2009 - 07:59 AM
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 11:22 AM
I will be glad to answer your questions in PMs if you want to be a programmer [C++/DirectX9], game artist or game designer since I love to read, write, create things and work with code. I started early with designing, and I have a couple years of programming under by belt. (no commercial projects) However, I am in college and would certainly not qualify as a pro yet. I'll be happy to talk with you if you need me, but just know I am also learning myself and I won't be afraid to tell you things that may hurt. (I've heard them in this very forum)
Let's leave it at this, I can try to be as much of a mentor as I can be, but remember I am just a stranger elsewhere that will only be able to talk when time allows. Despite my lack of industry experience, I wouldn't post here if I wasn't confident I could help you. Fire over PMs when you are ready, but for a disclaimer, don't be too surprised if I send you back to this forum if I'm not 100% on something. [smile]
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 11:48 AM
Specialize first, cause that will get you the job, generalize later, once your already in. Once your in, you'll be able to build a network of colleagues that will be more than happy to show you whatever you'd like to know. (In fact, sometimes the challange is to get them to shut up about it)
Try and pursue a traditional degree, game degree's are cool but if you fail to get in or if it just takes a long time to break-in your in for some hard times. (Not to mention what might happen if you end up hating the job, we do alot of overtime brotha, and we get paid salary not hourly) Besides, you can go out and buy books and other educational material based on what it is your trying to learn. Just takes a bit of planning and self-discipline.
As far as a mentor, what do you think game dev is? If you post a question, chances are someone is going to reply. I myself have gotten stuck (particularly in engineering and in new areas of interest) and where do you think I go? Here. If your curious, ask a question. Someone is either gonna explain it to you or point you in a direction where you can learn more, if not both. Just remember, every member of this online community shares a love of video games, be it as a hobby or a profession. Makes it a useful asset, use it. I wish you the best man, see you in the forums.
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Posted 15 December 2009 - 07:50 AM