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Hello all, As I would like to start to learn the way of modelling chars and levels, I would like to ask what the best way to gain a solid basis is. Do I have to learn also to programm a game or can I just focus on designing chars etc.? Moreover, is it necessary to go to a college or is it possible to take individual courses at specialises training companies and from books. Is there a limitation to the entry age in the gaming industry or is it possible -if you have a different profession and want to switch - to be middle aged? I would appreciate your advices.

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Hi Rhel.

As for "what way is the best" there are probably as many opinions as there are people. Just do what you think is fun and cool so you keep the spirit. But I would suggest something along the following lines:
1) Do really simple models just to learn your modelling software. Late in this step, you do animations for them to.
2) Use already built games and edit the graphics to use your own models. This is very easy to do in Half Life 2.
3) Hook up with some indie team or person that just want to focus on the programming part and do their graphics for them.

Its not necessary to go to a college. More than that you later can brag with "Im a graduated 'something'-student". How you got your skills are quite irrelevant, in the end I think the only thing that counts is how good your portfolio looks.

There is no age limit. This ones the easiest I think. :P Companies (at least most of them) should hire you on the sole basis on the looks of your work. Maybe they hesitate if you're so old that you might die before you manage to finish the game, lol. :P

Good luck!

(Maybe I should add I just talk from second hand experience, I havent been hired nor have I hired people. I just have some contacts in the industry and have read posts /articles from people that works with games.)

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Thanks for your nice reply. I have been already looking for some 3D-Programms to start with, so that I can make my first steps.

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Original post by Mizipzor
There is no age limit. This ones the easiest I think. :P Companies (at least most of them) should hire you on the sole basis on the looks of your work. Maybe they hesitate if you're so old that you might die before you manage to finish the game, lol. :P


Lol, you're quite right. But I am not that old ;-).

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I was also wondering about this...

does anyone have any suggestions for programs that are easy for a beginner to learn? I'd like something that's easy to use and learn the basics, it doesn't have the be the most powerful and flexible thing out there if it's easy enough to understand.

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