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Hello, I am 18 years old guy from Czech Republic, who got interested in programming and artificial intelligence and I have got few questions. In the future, I'd like to develop games (preferably AI for games) with some international team, but I know it is long way, there are lots of thing to learn and maybe my dream won't come true. I learn to program in C and I know some basic PHP and Java (but I don't like as much as C).

I don't want to program games like WOW, Crysis or whatever by myself. Just to make it clear, because I know it is not possible.


1) I need to decide, what I'll be studying. One choice is Software engineering (Computer science, informatics, lot of math, programming in most of the languages and some basics of cybernetics and AI), second is Cybernetics and Control systems (cybernetics, biocybernetics, control system, math, physics, programming in LISP/Prolog, C, C++ and Java, and AI with topics like neural networks, etc.) I don't know, what will give me better theoretical base for my future career, and also what other jobs I can get from studying AI. And if my plans fail, can I be still normal software programmer, or do I need Computer science degree for that?

2) Do game AI programmers need to know everything about AI, like neural networks, expert systems, etc. or just some basics like min-max?

3) Is C++ good choice for games programming?

Thank you

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  • Take whatever interests you more. Your programming abilities will need to be strong to work in the industry, but the nature of your degree is more or less unimportant. If you can write good code, you're in good shape.

    • You need to know techniques that are relevant to the types of game you are interested in making. This varies wildly between, say, 2D side scrolling platformers and first-person shooters and RPGs. Generally speaking, you will not walk out of any existing degree program knowing enough AI to immediately do whatever you like in the industry; be prepared to do a lot of learning on the job.

      • Not really.

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And if my plans fail, can I be still normal software programmer, or do I need Computer science degree for that?


Hi Alm,
(I'm from the Czech Republic, too :) )

Answer to this particular question depends only on the company where you would try to apply for a job. But AFAIK, experience and enthusiasm are much more important to be a good SW engineer than computer science degrees. Some people leave university with degree in computer science and are still incredibly bad programmers. Unfortunatelly, the quality of Czech universities is not very good now and it's not really hard to get a degree. On the other hand, I for example am a 100 % autodidact in programming and yet it's what I've been doing for living for some years.

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Thanks ApochPiQ and Tom.


On the other hand, I for example am a 100 % autodidact in programming and yet it's what I've been doing for living for some years.

This sentence really helped me - it is good to know, that degree doesn't matter.

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Thanks ApochPiQ and Tom.


[quote name='Tom KQT' timestamp='1320594728' post='4881081']On the other hand, I for example am a 100 % autodidact in programming and yet it's what I've been doing for living for some years.

This sentence really helped me - it is good to know, that degree doesn't matter.
[/quote]

Well, I have a degree, but not in software engineering. (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Robotics).

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