I am now in my mid thirties and have worked as a Systems Admin my entire life. I recently started to think about my future and that I really want to change the field (call it mid life crisis if you want). I was always interested in programming, game programming to be exact. I know it's hard to get there and at the beginning I probably won't even be touching "game programming" at all.
I have to admint that I do have my concerns about it... I keep reading of kids who start programming in their very early teenage years. Which is awesome but for me as an older guy it can be fairly demotivating.
I don't know how long it would take to get good enough to be hired in a junior game dev position? Any hints?
I mean it wouldn't make much sense if I'd find my first job in my mid fourties. As much as I'd love to switch in to this very cool field, if that would be the case, I wouldn't do it.
Where would you start studying (I would teach it myself on evenings after work)? Jump directly in to game dev with Unity or Java?
Or start with the rather dry material first?
Also, what does a junior game dev make these days? I live in Canada.
Thank you !