Thank you for your response. That was all very good information and it's nice to hear a perspective from someone in the field (instead of my architecture friends). Do you think I could spend time learning the tools and software in my spare time and maybe a couple classes without actually earning a whole game dev degree, or would it not be enough? This might be an obvious question, but what I'm asking is if I were to try to start a career in game dev, would I need a specific degree/major, or is it more experience and portfolio based? Because for architecture you're pretty much screwed if you don't have a BArch or MArch.