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Hey guys, I'm new around here so first I'd like to say, whats up? My real name is Tolga btw. Anyway I've been interested in getting into the video game business/market for probably, my entire life that I can remember back to. Now I'm in my third year of college, after really just messing up my first two years because of being really unsure of what I was doing. So now I'm going to a community college for Computer Science because of how bad I did the first two years, but plan on fixing that, and paying my own way through community college so my parents don't have to. I want to become a game programmer, but more than that a game designer/developer (the one who comes up with the idea of a game and such) So I had some questions. What are some good schools I can transfer into here in NY for either one above. Also I'd like to do some of my own studying, so what are some top books I should and can purchase to help myself as well. i really want to improve and get much better at what I'm doing since I'm a beginner programmer and all. I really could use the help as I really have no idea where to go from here or anything. I'd also take school suggestions that are in California since I do sort of want to go there some time in my life anyway, but mostly NY. Alright thanks a lot guys.

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I live in NY and went to school in NY. I have a BS in Comp Sci and it was pretty much useless when I started enterprise programming in the real world. I recently moved on to hobbyist graphics programming from application programming because I love graphics and its a challenge.

If you're a beginner programmer I suggest you change that before you move on to game or graphics programming. Your school might not be the fastest method of doing so. Really, practicing as much as you can will be the fastest method. Do your school work, sure - but just doing school work wont be sufficient if you want to learn how to program well and get into game development. Its a long road from newbie programming to good game programmer.

Once you move on to games - build up a portfolio to prove you're good at what you do and start from the job closest to the bottom of the totem pole. Yes, the game industry is mostly in CA - theres a small fraction of it here in NY, but I really wouldnt worry about that quite yet. Believe me, if you want to become a game programmer/designer, the geographical location of the industry is going to be the least of your obstacles.

You say you want to be the guy who designs games. I assume you mean a high profile game. Well, keep this in mind. Me, too. Along with just about everyone who is in the game industry or wants to be in the game industry. Its probably the most saught after position there is among video gamers.

Books? Everyone has their opinion on the best books to buy. Theres plenty of book reviews on this site and amazon has reviews for all of the programming/game programming/graphics books. Pickup a few that sound like they fit your need. Really, it doesn't matter as long as the book is somewhat readable - its going to be your practice and patience that does the trick.

Come up with practice projects that you think are on your level and take the time to finish them. If you're not sure what is on your level and what isnt - there is tons of info and examples of such you can google. Just remember, start from the beginning and work your way up.

Schools? Pick a nice 4 year school to transfer to and finish your degree. If you're really ambitious, research the comp sci programs of the schools of interest to see if they teach any graphics. The school is irrelevant compared to your willingness to learn on your own. When you apply for a job and your competetion shows a sick demo reel, the school you went to isnt going to mean much unless you can show an equivelent or better set of skills.


Good luck.

Eric

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