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J. Faraday

Member Since 24 Sep 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 23 2016 01:34 PM

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In Topic: How did you break into the industry, land your current job, and when?

14 July 2015 - 11:32 AM

Tom, you're right. I should have posted my story immediately. I edited the topic to post my experience. Also, thanks for sharing.


In Topic: DigiPen: Computer Science and Game Design vs. Computer Science

06 July 2015 - 11:58 AM

As indicated in the title, I've mostly looked at The Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science and Game Design (Hybrid Degree) (BSCSGD) and the Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science (BSCS). I primarily want to work as a programmer, but I feel as if a hybrid course in Development and Design will prepare me for a more flexible job-set or even managerial positions. My only worry is that I lose out on some programming education and opportunities that only the plain Computer Science Degree will offer.

 

While I know they are only trying to provide basic examples of Jobs, for each degree, the BSCS lists Game Developer as a career path where the BSCSGD does not. Game Developer or Programmer ranks high on my 'desired jobs list' and I'd rather not lose out on that opportunity.

 

 

 

I think you worry too much about what's "necessary" and too little about what interests you. http://www.sloperama.com/advice/lesson40.htm

 

I'd like to note that as a Computer Science college graduate, I can tell you that if you think that you will learn everything about programming from your classes and projects, that's not true -- at least for me. Comp. Sci. classes aim at not only teaching you specific languages, but mainly the techniques and mindset used to solve numerous problems, and the ability to adapt to new programming languages, and different environments.

 

That's all great, but I also have to say that although I am a programmer of video games (specifically engines), I did have to teach myself most of what I know regarding specific graphics libraries, OpenGL, engine editing, and using environments such as Unreal. It ended up taking a lot of time and energy to figure these things out on my own, opposed to just going to a game development school as a programmer. Also, it is possible that if you have the foundation of a programmer from this hybrid major, and were a little shaky on some programming skills, you can also learn those as well. No school who's major includes Comp. Sci. is going to shaft you on the essentials of programming.

 

In closing, I can only assume that in a game developer/comp. sci. hybrid, they will teach you the best of both worlds. I deeply believe that it is vital to make your choice on both interest and necessity. Having said that, I say this: If developing video games is really what you want to do, I would go for the hybrid. It would probably be fulfilling and fun. You can also always learn more about your field via books and online like I have, and currently do.


In Topic: What would you be willing to trade to get your ideal job in the gaming industry?

03 July 2015 - 08:58 PM

It is about what are you willing to do to achieve your goal. And how people had sacrifice a lot to get what they want. Like Einstein and his wife.


 
Dedicating your life to advancing the world's knowledge in a certain field definitely is a very noble and valuable thing to do, but do keep in mind that revolutionizing the field of physics is very different from being a tiny cog in a large machine built to churn out <insert generic annual title here>.
 
Of course, not every game development job is about churning out generic game titles, but in a lot of cases it does come down to this.

Exactly. I guess it just depends on what the individual finds noble or important.

In Topic: What would you be willing to trade to get your ideal job in the gaming industry?

03 July 2015 - 07:49 PM

Not only that, but all of the greats in history all spent significantly more than an 8 hour work day working on their dreams and desires. Mozart, Einstein, John Coltrane, Leonardo DaVinci, Charles Darwin, and countless had worked so many hours, put all of their energy and time into what they loved, and they turned out to be the best of their kind.

 
Which one of those guys is famous for dreaming up what his ideal job would be and what he would give up for it?

No one ever is famous for doing that except maybe Einstein who famously told his wife that he would give up his Nobel prize winnings to her if she would leave him alone and let him work.

But that post was in response to the previous comment. It is about what are you willing to do to achieve your goal. And how people had sacrifice a lot to get what they want. Like Einstein and his wife.

In Topic: What would you be willing to trade to get your ideal job in the gaming industry?

03 July 2015 - 09:02 AM

This is all great info and it's awesome to hear what some people would and would not trade to achieve their goals.

I'm learning a lot from this: how much people value a job of their liking, how much people care about jobs in general, how friends and family fit into their role as a developer, and what part of their life is separate from work.

It also says something about how much family and friends play roles in their lives. I don't think that there is a right or wrong answer to this question because what one person deems okay to trade for their job might sound outrageous to someone else.

Like the two people who said it was a dangerous attitude STILL relocated and sacrificed sufficient time to get where they wanted to go. So in my personal interpretation, this was worth the trade.

But they would not trade their free time, marriage, family, and friends. Which probably means that they have a good family life and good friends to begin with. This is not always the same for some people.

I think in assuming that its inherintly wrong for someone to trade something for their passion is assuming that they have the same values, and similar family an friends life as they do, respectively.

For someone like me, my life involves a lot of working out business details and discussing ideas with friends and family, and the few friends that I have are all entrepreneurs and gamers like myself, so it's easy for me to say that I will dedicate my time and money to advancing as a game developer and entrepreneur because that's already embedded naturally into my life. Not to mention, my father is an entrepreneur himself so that also fits naturally into my being.

Also, for those who went to college full time, an 8 hour day is a reprieve. Homework, and even a job on top of class usually turns out to be more than a 40 hour work week. I know I was constantly staying up late and waking up early to get my 14 credits of work in to achieve my goal of an A and work to get where I am today.

And to say sacrifice something major, don't you think even 8 hours a day is a sacrifice and dedication? I sure do. It's all relative.

For me, as a developer/programmer/entrepreneur, the things that I have traded for my career currently are well worth where I am today. My life is full of love, passion, dedication, challenges, good friends who care and who also push me forward, and happiness.

Things I would not trade: anything that would steal my happiness from myself or my friends and family.

The things I've traded to get where I am were well worth it.

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