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cesarpachon

online master in videogame development

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Wan    1366
A online master's degree? I highly doubt it, and in case it does exist, I wouldn't recommend it. Is there any reason you can't go to a local university?

Edit: okay, a quick google attempt does reveal they exist. :/

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Antheus    2409
What are you planning to do with this degree?

If all you need is a degree, sign up at local university. Anything technical related will be worth more.

If you're planning to start your own game studio, your portfolio will matter more. And since you'd own it, degree wouldn't be a problem.

Planning to move into an area with more opportunities? Well, you'll be going against CS graduates with years of experience.

This doesn't mean getting any degree is wrong - but what will you do with it? What are your plans? What is your past experience?

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cesarpachon    122
well, what a good question! I did have a degree in System Engineering (I think it is the equivalent to a BSc in USA), and 5 years of experience on a wide range of software development: java enterprise, java mobile, C++, OpenGL.. I learn to develop videogames by myself, using OpenGL, C++, Blender, and sometimes other technologies like flash, java3D and so on.. I even made and sold a 3d-racing game for a internet advergaming campaign using opensource things. Right now, I sell my services of consulting in these fields to europe (offshoring), I live in Colombia, and I do all my work online. I am a teleworker. sometimes I teach OpenGL ,C++, and CG in a local University, or take part in academic research projects like put on a cave using java3D. so, right now I feel the need to formalize my education, and improve my profile with a degree which in some way help me to certify all this stuff. you are right: any MSc would be fine, but I would like something more closely related to my current activities and preferences.

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Antheus    2409
TBH, if you're truly capable, and have ability to learn, go for a more practical. Something economy/finance/management related.

You'd be paying absurd amounts of money for things you're almost certainly capable of learning on your own.

You wouldn't learn any theory or any largely applicable techniques. Those schools then to teach languages and idioms, usually they are very narrowly applicable to any other area.

Think about the future. Depending on your age, and employment options, you could be wasting your time. Also - I have never seen any public telecommute job offer. And I'm not sure how many game developers are around you.

In the future, business and industries will continue to consolidate. Loners will be fighting an uphill against multi-billion corporations.

Thing a bit further ahead. You have experience, a degree and (apparently), steady source of income. How much longer do you see yourself coding? What about income? There really is not much progression in programming/implementation type of development.

Management and economy related skills on the other side will get you much further, and will allow you to better market your expertise.

If you're a game coder, that's it. You need an employer. But if you look into management side of things, you have a change of starting your own studio, as well as ability to better estimate the deals and manage work efforts.

Do you really see yourself as game coder in 20 years? Wages for programmers continue to plummet and fields are getting merged. Will game programmers still exist in X years, or will designers and artists use one of two third party engines, with a single programmer doing some technical work?

IMHO, think about practical future. I think the technical side isn't your problem.

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cesarpachon    122
well Antheus, thanks by your comments. I really agree with you in many of your points. be a coder is not scalable, meaning with this that your incomes are limited (between other factors) to a fixed number of hours of work by day. even being a very good coder, with lot of offers, you only can take a limited number of works (usually one by time, LOL). in the other side, the finance/management side that you talk about, give the posibility of scalability of your effort, and more important, the possibility of stablish sources of income that does not depend linearly from your work/hours. at the end, each one of us is responsible for its own future, and for having (or not) a master plan that only the time will say if was succefull or not.

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Chrono1081    108
I go online for a bachelors in game design and programming and I love it. Ive learned an unbelievable amount.(I previously went to two different campuses, penn state being one of them for computer science). I go to Devry now though and they have both a physical campus and an online campus and you can go to either at any time. I guess if your looking at online make sure the school has a physical location as well. Not to mention I knew plenty of people who graduated from there and got excellent paying jobs.

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