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Hi, I'm a software developer with a bachelors & masters in Comp.Science and about 4yrs of sw development experience. However, over the last cpl years i've been involved in a non-Software related job(and possibly for atleast another 1-2yrs) due to personal reasons. I try to stay in touch with latest developments as much as i can via websites such as this and gamasutra etc. as well as some minor freelance programming work on the side. Given this scenario, any ideas/advice etc. on whether it is feasible to get into the game programming industry(ie. getting a game pgmming job) after a long gap like this...? Thoughts from folks who may have been in similar situations or any relevant advice for that matter, would be appreciated. (Apologise in advance if this isn't the appropriate forum for such questions - kinda confused here...:)

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As a hiring manager, I'd be concerned about a non-software-development gap in someone's career, but I could see that it would be necessary for someone based on their personal circumstances. What I'd be looking for is a) a good understanding of up-to-date issues, and b) fun little side projects that someone had done in their "spare" time to keep themselves sharp.

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I my experience most companies just want to hire smart people - they don't really care about the particulars of what new programming fads you may or may not be aware of.

Just my 2c.

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