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Hey, Ok im sure you guys get a few threads of people wanting to become video Game Programmers, Shock Horror..Me too Now i've never done any programming before im 18 years of age, im good with computers but never really got in to the programming side of stuff, Now i've been lookin on ICS and i've been thinking of taking a " Introduction To Computer Programming " Qoute: " The course aims to give you a thorough grounding in the skills and techniques used to programme computers. It also introduces you to many of the most popular programming languages, such as Visual Basic, HTML and javascript. " Is that something which is good to get in to first of all? But then i've also been looking at a bigger course which seems more to becoming a games Designer, which isn't cheap but thats fine, its what i wan't to do so money isnt an object. The Other Course: Video Game Design & Development Which will teach me: '' programming languages, mathematics skills, 3D graphics pipeline programming, real-time game engine architectures, and artificial intelligence algorithms. '' Link for Video Game Design & Development: http://www.icslearn.co.uk/it-technical-courses/programming-game-design/video-game-design/ Link For Introduction to Computer Programming: http://www.icslearn.co.uk/it-technical-courses/programming-game-design/computer-programming-introduction/ just wondering if you can help me out, I know this isnt goin to be a fast process to become a games designer, but like i said im only 18 and im willing to do whatever it takes. Thank you for your time Luke De'ath Bristol,England.

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Hey Luke,

Just my 2 cents, but you need to know how to program before you can ever start developing a video game that's going to be past the console text-game state, or at least one that you'll be proud of. If there's a course on C or C++, take that first, practice that every day, then consider taking the video games course. But knowing how to program is essential.

Hope that helped,
Aviosity

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I recommend you save your money and do neither.
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its what i wan't to do so money isnt an object.

In that case, go to a traditional school and get a degree in computer science.

While you are in school, use your unlimited supply of money to pay for all your expenses so you don't need a part-time job.

While in school, track your time and spend at least 40 hours each week doing real learning and work. Read all the books and lessons, do all your homework, listen to your teachers, and soak up everything that school has to offer.

Spend the remainder of the 40-hour 'work' time on practical ideas toward a game. Before your second year is over, you should be able to polish up your learning games including a side scroller. If you are slow, it might be during your third year. Make sure you actually finish them.

Make some contact with people at any local game studios. That means becoming friends in person, not just through email. Work with that person to get yourself a game job.

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ok which program would you say is the best for someone with no programming skills @ all, knows nothing about programming, but is egar and willing to do it and wont give ever give up until he ( thats me ) reaches his objective ?

is that Anim8or anygood? will it teach me what i need to know i heard i should start in C++

also would it be good to take like a 2 year college course on programming or just doing it my self?

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I recommend you save your money and do neither.
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its what i wan't to do so money isnt an object.

In that case, go to a traditional school and get a degree in computer science.

While you are in school, use your unlimited supply of money to pay for all your expenses so you don't need a part-time job.

While in school, track your time and spend at least 40 hours each week doing real learning and work. Read all the books and lessons, do all your homework, listen to your teachers, and soak up everything that school has to offer.

Spend the remainder of the 40-hour 'work' time on practical ideas toward a game. Before your second year is over, you should be able to polish up your learning games including a side scroller. If you are slow, it might be during your third year. Make sure you actually finish them.

Make some contact with people at any local game studios. That means becoming friends in person, not just through email. Work with that person to get yourself a game job.


thanks for the message, Yea when i said money isnt an object my parents are going to help me pay for it, my parents are very successful biz people, so i can relie on them to help me achive my goal

i've been looking at buying 3d Max Studio would u recommend that?

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thanks for the message, Yea when i said money isnt an object my parents are going to help me pay for it, my parents are very successful biz people, so i can relie on them to help me achive my goal

Then have them help you thorugh a traditional school rather than a set of online "learn from home" classes. It is the best investment in your situation.
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i've been looking at buying 3d Max Studio would u recommend that?

You said you wanted to be a video game programmer.

3D Studio Max is a 3D modeling program. You would use it if you wanted to be a game artist or modeler. If that were the case, you should be looking in to getting a degree in art, not a degree in programming.

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ok which program would you say is the best for someone with no programming skills @ all, knows nothing about programming, but is egar and willing to do it and wont give ever give up until he ( thats me ) reaches his objective ?

Learn the foundations first, not the tools. You didn't learn your maths by starting with a high-end graphing calculator, but you gradually worked up to it.

You started by counting to ten, then adding numbers, subtracting, learning to multiply, divide, and so on. After a decade you were allowed to use a simple calculator. A few years later you probably found a need to move up to a fancy scientific calculator.

The same is true with programming. Start out with the basics.
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is that Anim8or anygood? will it teach me what i need to know i heard i should start in C++

No, it will not teach you what you need to know. It is a tool.

It is akin to asking if buying some gym equipment will teach you everything you need to know to be a professional body builder. Or buying a certain brand of saw will teach you what you need to know to be a master carpenter. These things are just tools of the trade.
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also would it be good to take like a 2 year college course on programming or just doing it my self?

Read all 60 articles. (Wow Tom, you're up to 60?!)

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