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Hey GD. Ok, so heres the thing. I know a lot of you in here are actually in the game dev business...soo.. I want to program games as a career. I've had some exposure to it when i was younger, unfortunately i failed and switched to another hobby and switched back again to trying programming, etc. etc. The thing is, next to programming, i really like to compose music ( digitally, through a computer ) I really like both. I plan on getting a degree in Computer Science, and doing my music as a hobby. As a game programmer, will i have enough time to do my music thing on the side? And still have time to go and hang out? I hear some programmers work like 120 hours a week in crunch time...and thats pretty steep. Or should I get a degree in music and do programming on the side. This is so hard trying to choose between two things that i really like.

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Original post by Static290As a game programmer, will i have enough time to do my music thing on the side? And still have time to go and hang out? I hear some programmers work like 120 hours a week in crunch time...and thats pretty steep.


That really depends on the company you work for and your job.

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Original post by Static290Or should I get a degree in music and do programming on the side.


Well, rationally, a degree in music is very unlikely to pay your rent, so unless you don't care about that, programming is the way to go.



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Well, rationally, a degree in music is very unlikely to pay your rent,


Degrees never paid rent to anyone. They are the source of loans and expenses. Having one however *may* help you pay bigger rent, but isn't even remotely guaranteed.

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As a game programmer, will i have enough time to do my music thing on the side? And still have time to go and hang out? I hear some programmers work like 120 hours a week in crunch time...and thats pretty steep


So do some composers.

It always comes down to your employer.

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This is so hard trying to choose between two things that i really like


Have you ever worked on these two on command?

Can you do any of those things in a way you may find absolutely boring and pointless?

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'Programming games' , in the sense of being a professional programmer and not someone who does all by him/herself, is a lot more uncreative than being a music artist.Logic is relentless and leaves no room for error, and as an artist you can freely express yourself. It's up to you what you like most, your left brain half or your right :D.

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I interviewed for a company in Eastern Canada called Other Ocean (presently in a mad recruiting blitz) that had 40 hour work weeks the norm. So it really depends on the company how many hours a programmer works.

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