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http://www.gameinstitute.com/ is the gameinstitute really a good start if there is not a school around here i want to find someone that has atlest taking the courses or someone that knows if this will give u a good head start to get a intership

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http://www.gameinstitute.com/ is the gameinstitute really a good start if there is not a school around here i want to find someone that has atlest taking the courses or someone that knows if this will give u a good head start to get a intership
Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation are all prerequisites to applying for an internship.

What is your current level of education - i.e. are you currently enrolled in university, or finishing high school? I don't have personal experience of game institute, but I would tend to recommend a traditional university degree in computer science/software engineering/graphic art, rather than a specialised game degree.

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I attend the Game Institute. Here are my thoughts so far:

The courses, in general, make poor references, but are excellent tutorials. For this reason, USE THEIR COURSES IN ADDITION TO A REFERENCE BOOK. The courses alone would be practically useless when you need to look something up.

They have a very active community, so support should be easy to come by in case you need help.

You will get what you pay for. The courses are by all means a great way to get started, and you will probably find that it was well worth the price.

DO NOT take the first C++ course unless you are having trouble with learning from books, though. It is very overpriced in comparison to books of the same quality.

The courses can get you college credit for some schools, but DO NOT take their courses instead of a standard four-year college Computer Science course. Most companies would rather see a degree at a physical college than an online one.

The Game Institute is best used as a complimentary school, not as your sole source of knowledge. The courses are of very good quality and will get you started faster than anything else I have seen, but once you are past the beginning, you will need a big book or something else to help.

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Here's a ton of more reference for you - you can just keep following links in my posts back several years. Jetjayjay is right in that GI is still more of a supplementary education, which is why the course structure is so loose - because many students are also doing full-time coursework in a regular college.

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Original post by tooncesx
>is the gameinstitute really a good start

Online schools are not as good as brick-and-mortar campuses. And a mainstream education is better than a school that just focuses on games. You really need to read the FAQs, kid.

>if there is not a school around here

We already told you in another thread that there's a very good college right there in Greensboro. You don't seem to be accepting or hearing any advice you've been given so far. Look, first you need to figure out which specialty you should study - programming, art, design, or what. Then you need to get a degree in your chosen specialty.

>or someone that knows if this will give u a good head start to get a intership

Nobody has a crystal ball, kid. And an internship isn't the right goal. And fer crying out loud, when are you going to capitalize the word "I"? How old are you anyway?

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@Tom Sloper

Ahahaha! I love your signature!

"PLEASE do not PM me using this website's PM feature."

Wtf is the point of a PM feature in the first place if you don't want people using it?

Sorry for going off-topic.

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Roberts wrote:
>Wtf is the point of a PM feature in the first place if you don't want people using it?

I don't know. I don't know what the point is of a PM feature "in the first place" at all, since we have email. And in my case, my email address is very easy to find. And of course, I didn't make the PM feature. It's a feature of this website whose existence I had nothing to do with.

jpetrie wrote:

>Some users would prefer not to be contacted via it since they do not monitor the inbox.

Exactly!

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