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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:41 PM
Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:04 PM
a. What qualifications and skills will I need to get into the game industry?
b. Do I have a chance with what I have already?
I am currently 14 years old. When I finish education and get a job, I am hoping to get into game development.
I have ... nearly finished a small basic [Unity] game.
At school I am one of the best in my year at maths and I am doing computer science and I.T. I am also doing triple science.
My skills: - really good at maths
- Best in my year at I.T. ...
1.) Do you think I could have a future in the games industry?
2.) What job in the games industry will I be best at?
3.) What qualifications do you need to be a games developer?
4.) what skills do you need to be a games developer?
5.) How old do you have to be to work in the games industry?
Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:21 AM
If you are only 14 you have a way to go yet. You are going to need to be at least 18 and more than likely need a degree to get your foot in the door so you will probably be around 21 years old before you can get a job at a AAA studio.
What you have however is a very good start. Keep doing what you are doing and keep learning new stuff. Above all make some games. You may find that by the time you are in a position to apply for jobs that you are already a successful indie developer and don't actually need to get a job in the first place.
Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:40 AM
Stop worrying about your career for now an make games. Try to get some friends on board to play your games or even help with the development - that will make it a lot more fun. Fun is important, helps you maintain the spirit to become really good at something and being really good at something is your best bet at making people want to pay you for working for them. There are other factors like being someone that people want to work with and have around, but having a couple of successful projects under your belt is a real confidence booster, so it helps with that too. So yeah, the next step on your career path is definitely to continue what you've been doing: Make stuff.
That said: you're 14. You're in the fortunate position that you can do what the fuck you want in your considerable amount of spare time without having to think about real life shit like careers and degrees earning money and stuff. Try to enjoy that time, will you? If making games is what you enjoy most then do that, but don't do it for your career. If you're still making games when the time comes to decide what you want to study you'll be able more qualified to answer questions like "What job in the games industry will I be best at?" then we are now.
Here's a book you might enjoy: http://www.amazon.com/Masters-Doom-Created-Transformed-Culture/dp/0812972155
Edited by Lithander, 06 August 2014 - 07:41 AM.