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BKrenz

Member Since 08 Apr 2013
Offline Last Active Dec 08 2013 02:42 PM
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In Topic: College Considerations

25 September 2013 - 09:05 PM

I was confused by the part where you said "I don't know specifically what I want to do as a career." 

Yes, a portfolio website is important for a game programmer -- but not until you have something to put on it.

Making a website is a lot like programming.  When you are ready to make one, you can easily learn how to do it.  That bridge is still far away.

 

Likely my fault for not clarifying that in the OP, my apologies.

 

Alright, thanks for the advice regarding that.


In Topic: College Considerations

25 September 2013 - 08:18 PM

 

Maybe not.  It depends on what you want to do as a career.

 

How do you mean? I had thought that for a programmer a website may be a good idea. Having a place to display projects and possibly a place to post blog posts if I feel it's something important I want to say.

 

I would like to clarify that programming is what I am interested in mainly. I don't yet know which direction I'll take it, but I definitely want to do something involving coding.


In Topic: College Considerations

25 September 2013 - 08:10 PM

 


What would you recommend for me moving forward with college?

If your goal is to write software professionally, then YES, ABSOLUTELY, if your circumstances allow it.

 

The standard filter that HR uses is a computer science degree. 

 

There are of course some exceptions, people who are professional programmers without a four year degree, but they are relatively rare these days and aging out of industry.

 

You don't compete in a vacuum. When people look at your job application they will see other people who do have a degree, and you who do not.  Which one will they pick?  Also, if they do pick you, it is well documented that workers without degrees are paid less than their peers. 

 

 

 

I think you misunderstood the question. I wasn't referring to whether or not I should stay in college - I most definitely am doing that. I was asking opinions on how to move forward with degree and class choices. Thank you for the feedback, though. 


In Topic: C++ IDE/Compiler

25 August 2013 - 08:07 PM

I'm actually decently proficient with C#/Java/Python, so I'm definitely comfortable with a lot of concepts.

 

Like I said, I'm delving into C++, not general programming.

 

And thanks for the advice!


In Topic: Discovering What Games I Want to Make

25 July 2013 - 09:30 PM

Simulation or strategy games sound like a good fit.

 

The care there is to keep an overall balance in the game, which I think the best way to do this is to have very few limitations. Having anything be more powerful than another will make certain styles of play better than others. You should aim to get that the skill of the player and preparation by said player (and a little luck) yo be a deciding factor for success versus failure. If coding AI, it's my thought that emergent behavior comes from adding small actions to individual AI objects without designing with the other in mind.


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