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Ya know I here alot of people, telling alot of other people. That they have no chance getting a job as a game programmer. Now heck even if everyone person that comes in here says something like "There is no way" or "Aint gonna happen" I am still going to do it because its fun. I just wondered what the odds were that someone could get a job doing something like this. Thanks, Doom-Box

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Don't know, but why is it so important to have a "job" in game programming. If you like it, do it. Personally, I try to avoid jobs in general. I'd rather be good at investing, then I can do anything I like, whenever I like. I even gave up trying to work on a game team because it ends up becoming a job. The game ends up being a game I'm not really interested in because someone else is in charge.

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It's not impossible to get a job as a game programmer, it's just difficult.

Here are the two things that will help you the most:
  1. Get a degree in Computer Science from a well-known and respected university. Get good grades and learn as much as you can.
  2. Develop a portfolio consisting of several games and other software that you have written.

The reason for the constant warnings is this: if you bet your future on getting a job making video games and you don't find the job, or you decide you don't like the job (that happens a lot), then you will have wasted your time and you will be stuck.

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Everyone says it's difficult to get into the industry, but as far as I can tell that's just not true; game companies are hiring like mad. The difficult part is being a good enough software developer to get hired by anybody in the industry. It's simply an area where you CANNOT get by with mediocre talent.

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Most game companies are hiring if you've got the skills, the personality, and the drive. Having said that we throw out a hundred resumes for every one that we call.

DOn't get into it for the wrong reasons (money). YOu gotta want to make games for their own sake. Otherwise, pick a diferent job.

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Well I like making games..Thats why Im doing it at such a young age. (not really young just not an adult freshman this yr.) Anyways im not doing it for the $$ heck if you do the math out they probably dont make much money at all.
I just thought it would be awsome to have a career doing something I like as a hobby.

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