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#1 ahmadge74   Members   -  Reputation: 104

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:42 PM

i know this question got asked alot on the internet but wanned to get ur opinion guys 

which is better for game programming or just in general : Computer science or software engineering??



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#2 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 10149

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:27 PM

Our opinion is stated in this forum's FAQs:

http://www.gamedev.net/page/reference/faq.php/_/breaking-into-the-industry-r16

(You can also get there by clicking the FAQs link at upper right in this forum, where you wrote this thread)


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#3 frob   Moderators   -  Reputation: 22693

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:28 PM

Moved to Breaking In forum. Check the forum FAQ linked to above.

 

 

BEWARE:

 

Some schools offer what are called "trade degrees". These are generally not the nationally accredited standard 4-year degrees, but are custom programs run by the school 

 

The normal degree is Computer Science. This is typically a nationally accredited 4-year degree.  Some schools offer nationally-accredited 4-year software engineering degrees that are different from Computer Science. Be aware that some companies may not allow the degree through their HR filters.

 

/Edit: Ninja'd by Tom during the topic move process. :-)


Edited by frob, 09 October 2013 - 02:30 PM.

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#4 warnexus   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 1505

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:40 PM

I recommend a computer science degree. it will open your mind to discrete mathematics, calculus, physics and a lot of computer science: some programming, digitial logic , computer architecture, discrete structures etc. Eventually you will have to take software engineering etc. A computer science degree will make you think outside of the box and crave solving new problems and ultimately make you a better thinker, something a programmer in generally or a computer scientist must have.

 

If you want to do game programming, you can actually just start with the general programming with a programming book. Do the examples and pace yourself. Eventually, you will learn about graphics in the programming book and can start putting those building blocks together to make a basic game like Pong.

 

You might want to post in the game programming section of the forum when there comes a time you get stuck in a game programming problem.

 

Good luck.

 

 






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