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This looked like the perfect site to sign up at, with the questions I have.

Im 20 years old and for my whole life ive always wanted to get into the game industry. I have no knowledge whatsoever of any kind of c++ or game coding/creating programs whatsoever. Im also planning on going to college in about 4 months for game design. My goal is to create a game developing company and create epic video games. But, again i have no experience whatsoever.

So a few questions, that may be in FAQ but would like to talk personally about them:
What program should I begin on?
What schools should I look into?
Any other tips for a straight up beginner...

Im going to start with c++ I think, but any help and tips would be great.

Thanks!!

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For questions one and three this guide should answer them. It covers the most common languages, libraries, tools and book suggestions for aspiring game programmers.

As to question two, that depends on a number of factors, your budget, GPA and geographic location being the biggest. Even then, it's most a matter of opinion. All I would suggest is get a general CS degree instead of a dedicated gaming degree. Frankly, for gaming, a ivy legal school or masters seems to be a waste, the paper from a community college is just as likely to get your foot in the door.

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Any other tips for a straight up beginner...


Don't use C++.
Stop wasting our (and your) time and read the FAQ. Or at least the forums... We get these questions every day.

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Like I said, I didnt want to read a FAQ I wanted to talk about my questions. Stop waisting your own time and replying, it was uneccesary.

Thanks for the links. I appreciate them. They do seem much more helpful. The school Im going to was going to be academy of arts, seems like they have good programs.

Thanks again.

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You use the same approach like you use with everything else :). If you really want to do something, do the RRPE - Research, Read, Practice. Enjoy.

Thats what i have been doing, not in programming, but in audio compositions. I had same knowledge like yourself, nothing, even though im abit older - i applied the RRPE and dedicated my free time in searching for what i wanted to know and then used that new found info into practice.

In terms of schools, its hard to say as all countries are different - in Australia, i know there are dedicated game courses you can take and they will specialise in that sort of development process and workload. While i mean dedicated game courses, i mean dedicated game schools as its not a generic "University" with a bunch of courses for everything. I found them advertising in the newspaper, yet i dont see them online etc. So research aswell, you might find good courses that arnt in your standard uni.

I cant help you with programs as im not a coder.

Most of all, ENJOY! If you dont enjoy it, you wont do very well - i tried various game development areas (programming, graphics (3d) etc etc) and even though i managed abit with them, i didnt enjoy and lost interest, with audio its my love, keeps bringing me back for more.

Good luck!

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Like I said, I didnt want to read a FAQ I wanted to talk about my questions. Stop waisting your own time and replying, it was uneccesary.

Thanks for the links. I appreciate them. They do seem much more helpful. The school Im going to was going to be academy of arts, seems like they have good programs.

Thanks again.


There's a reason the FAQ exists, it's so everyone and their brother doesn't come here and ask, "Where do I start?" and we have to re-hash the same damn answer every day. Read the FAQ. If it doens't answer your question, expound upon it here in the forum.

Don't be a jerk when it's you that's asking for help.

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