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twofold

Want to start a life in game Programming

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Hello I am looking to start a life in game Programming. I just don't know where to start. I live in Cleveland, Ohio and there are no schools that suport such clases around here. Unless I take online coarses and I am not to sure about that aproach. Where do I start? What should I look for in a school? Are there any schools that game studios are looking for? I am currently a Engineer for a R&D department in a high tempurature gasket/seal manufacture. I design seals, run test, and manage engineering teams. I have come to a point in my career where I am no longer enjoying myself. I am good at what I do... really good, but I just don't have fun doing it. When I think about the final product I can only think one thing BLAH. I want to be working on something that has my attention. Not some seal that is going on a car, heavytruck, aircraft, or powerplant. I want to be able to enjoy what I am working on. Thanks in advance for any input you give. Twofold

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Well, as all should, start by reading this.

As for schools...anyone else know? I know that there are some specialty schools like the Guildhall and Full Sail, but most requre a 4 year computer science degree.

But yeah, start at that link.

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The forum FAQ has lots of useful information about how to get started. Realize that all of the information you need to learn game development is out there on the internet. However, you may find it easier to learn it from books (I certainly do) or a school. Since you want to do this professionally, you will probably also find that having an actual degree in computer science, software engineering, or possibly something more game-focused, will help you get a job.

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Before you start, I would take the word 'game' out of the job description, and ask yourself if you want to be a programmer. Game programming is still programming, so if you don't like programming, you're headed in the wrong direction.

If you already enjoy programming, by all means, best of luck on your career change!

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Thanks for the input. I will check out the links you gave me.

I couldn't really find any useful info about colleges on the net. Since they all say they are the best.

I was thinking of picking up a C++ book just to see how it all works. I might just call my brother and see if he has any left from his programming classes.

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Original post by x_gamer_x
Before you start, I would take the word 'game' out of the job description, and ask yourself if you want to be a programmer. Game programming is still programming, so if you don't like programming, you're headed in the wrong direction.

If you already enjoy programming, by all means, best of luck on your career change!


I was thinking about that the other day. I figure programming can get just as repetitive as any other job. I make good money in Ohio for my age of 26 so it is not about that. I want to enjoy the 40-60 hours a week that I am away from my family.

I have just gotten to the point where there is really nothing more I can learn in my field. I was told that programming is always changing and I will constanly have to learn and that strikes me the most. I will also like the fact that I will be able to enjoy what I have done if I do land a job in the game industry

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