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Hey everyone, It is about time for me to choose a college to go to and i need help. I dont know wheither to try to get a game developement degree or to get a computer science degree.I want to do game programming but I also want to be able to program other software applications just in case something goes wrong at the game company. So if anybody have any tips or suggestions please help me choose a college?[help]

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If you want to be able to program games, but ALSO other software as a fallback, then it's really very simple.

Take a 4 year Computer Science OR Software Engineering degree at a University. Every game programmer I know save for maybe two (we're talking about professional, not just hobbyist) has a Computer Science or Software Engineering degree. And of the other 2, one of them has an electrical engineering degree (but also has a billion years experience in games). The last one went to game school.

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You could do a search and get a lot of results on this.

Another thing I would do is to look up job ads. Look at game developement jobs and general programming jobs, or whatever else you're interested in. On just about any website ad company they always list what they want.

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Hi,

I would recommend a CS degree,as it would give you a much broader knowledge of computer science than a games development degree will.

Although, I myself am currently in my second year of a games development degree, and our university has a good track record of getting graduates into the games industry, it would probably be alot harder for me to move into other areas of software development than if I studied a CS degree.


Also, it wouldn't be too difficult to study games development in your own time once you've completed, or whilst studying for, a CS degree.

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I want to do game programming but I also want to be able to program other software applications just in case something goes wrong at the game company.


Your answer is pretty much in your questions - do a CS degree.

There are issues with a lot of the game degree courses and they certainly won't set you up for other development fields, but they are starting to turn a corner.
C# and XNA - Are Universities Teaching The Wrong Things?
A Jack Of All Trades...

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So if anybody have any tips or suggestions please help me choose a college?[help]


Asking a bunch of complete strangers on the internet about what your future should be like isn't the best course of action. The opinion you get will be as valid as if you dial a random phone number, and take the opinion of one that answers.

Asking your parents or friends would be by several factors better, going to a school counselor, or at least some of your teachers perhaps even better. At very least they met you face to face, and probably spent at least a few hours with you.

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I've researched some colleges and I came across a problem.
What is the difference between computer science and computer programming??

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