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I wondered if we have any members on gamedev from sunny Scotland and might know how to get some support on game development without being on a full time course. Yes there is a lot to learn from books, online tutorials and google, but there comes a point when you need an expert to tell you if you are on the right path. Only a few unis in Scotland have dedicated games courses and they all say their game courses are full time only, won't entertain part time or distance learning (they may do others this way like Oracle SQL or Java certificates, Cisco etc.). Full time study is not an option for me due to own circumstances. And those who do straight software engineering focus more on Java not C++ with the various game APIs like DirectX.

So what choices do I have?

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I'm from Scotland - I suggest you do part time Computer Science undergrad at Edinburgh, Glasgow or maybe St. Andrews... not sure if they do distance. Keep in mind that distance will be harder and less valuable an experience that in person. Don't do a games course or a vocational cert (Cisco etc).

Practice games through books, spare time projects, indie stuff - github has good social features, you could contribute to an open source project?

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