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Hey everyone i have a pretty short question... Are game developers usually commoners gone general programers gone game devs or can some people jump the middle step? I was also wondering if anyone has ever made a decent game from scratch compleatly by themselve, music grafics design and everything? Like a present game, im not talking any turbo grafix or anything. Thanks Rydair

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Maybe professionally, but game developers and general developers aren't two completely different beasts. Much of the know-how transfers.

As for modern games... Chris Sawyer last I heard does his games [Roller Coaster Tycoon, Locomotion, Transport Tycoon] solo.

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Chris Sawyer. Look him up and you'll see a guy who makes me laugh at the 100s of people these large companies have working on their next big budget games. I wish I had half of his talent/creativity.

But as far as going from general to game development, sometimes it goes that way. In my case I was able to go from college to game development. I know a bunch of other people that have done the same thing. Then I have other friends who have worked in general programming for 5+ years and switched over. It can go either way.

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The key to Chris Sawyer's games are they're really fairly simple. Haven't seen his latest so I don't know how ture it is to his others. However, he does have a fairly long credits on his games, but I think he did most of the programing himself. One thing he seems to skimp on is AI, not noticeable on RCT, but Loco and TTD it is.


He is however a good example of someone that sells games based on them being good GAMES, not just pretty graphics.

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thanks guys

so the verdict is that one could dive straight into game developing? I know most game dev books out there assume you have some experiance but is it still possible? And Ill definatly look this guy up he sounds pretty intersting...

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Of course it's possible. Pick up a book on C++, Python or whatever (pick a language, this helps and asking which language probably won't actually help you) and study. I mean a book on just the language, don't skimp with one of those game programming in 10 minutes books. Programming well takes work so don't expect otherwise. Good luck.

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