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Do you have kids with local social attachments?

1 - Yes.
Stay where you are.

2 - No.
Stop being a pu**y and move, it's 3 hours, it's not like you're changing countries.

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We've developed mobile games, and it sounds like it'd be fun, but ... hardly. The 360 etc. on the other hand is a pleasure to code for and use, and at least considered current. IMO you'd be doing yourself injustice if you were to take the Java job...

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One thing to consider regarding company 1 is that it could be an excellent way to get your foot in the door of that company. Do the mobile/Java thing for a year or two, and you might have proven yourself enough to be shipped to Japan to do the real console development.

However, this is of course only attractive if you want to relocate to Japan, which is a good deal more than 3 hours away. [wink]

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My 2p...

If I were you, I'd avoid doing "porting" jobs if possible, I can't see that being particularly fun or taxing (If it's just porting and not re-designing for the new platform).

You could also try applying to some other places, I seem to recall there's a lot of games places around London that you should be able to apply for.

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Only problem with moving is say if i don't like the place (because its actually on another island close to england) or i cant adjust after 1-2months. isn't it going to start taking a toll on my work also? i dont want to end up stressing living there and away from everyone.

Game development is a stressful job.

People may love the job, and shrug it off easier, but it's still stressful. Long hours, sometimes shit jobs, sometimes shitty people, sometimes a lot worse. The up side, it pays well, sometimes you get awesome jobs, sometimes you meet awesome people and sometimes a lot better.

I'm sounding like an a-hole now but, stop being a pu**y and move!
At the very least, take the job, rent a house there just for yourself for the first 2 months, and take your wife(life) later, when you're sure.

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But does this hold true? Why would they consider me for their console company when ive only worked with them for mobile games in Java. All my experience would now be in java where the japan company would be coding in c++. I dont think (correct me if im wrong) that the console team would consider me at all?
So long as you can show that you're strong in C++ (Via a portfolio - which you'd probably need for the Java place in any case), any experience in the industry is a bonus.

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But does this hold true? Why would they consider me for their console company when ive only worked with them for mobile games in Java. All my experience would now be in java where the japan company would be coding in c++. I dont think (correct me if im wrong) that the console team would consider me at all?

thanks everyone for your valuable input so far.


A half-descent lead/senior programmer, the one likely to make the recommendation, should recognize that programming skill is not limited to any one language. A descent programmer can swap between languages fairly quickly, especially between Java and C++ which are closely related.

But this does depend on you getting a sympathetic and competent superior/management, one that recognizes talent and is willing to do what is best for the corporation, instead of his own little branch. It's definitely a gamble.

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