• Announcements

    • khawk

      Download the Game Design and Indie Game Marketing Freebook   07/19/17

      GameDev.net and CRC Press have teamed up to bring a free ebook of content curated from top titles published by CRC Press. The freebook, Practices of Game Design & Indie Game Marketing, includes chapters from The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, and An Architectural Approach to Level Design. The GameDev.net FreeBook is relevant to game designers, developers, and those interested in learning more about the challenges in game development. We know game development can be a tough discipline and business, so we picked several chapters from CRC Press titles that we thought would be of interest to you, the GameDev.net audience, in your journey to design, develop, and market your next game. The free ebook is available through CRC Press by clicking here. The Curated Books The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Second Edition, by Jesse Schell Presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, anthropology, and more. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. View it here. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, by Joel Dreskin Marketing is an essential but too frequently overlooked or minimized component of the release plan for indie games. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing provides you with the tools needed to build visibility and sell your indie games. With special focus on those developers with small budgets and limited staff and resources, this book is packed with tangible recommendations and techniques that you can put to use immediately. As a seasoned professional of the indie game arena, author Joel Dreskin gives you insight into practical, real-world experiences of marketing numerous successful games and also provides stories of the failures. View it here. An Architectural Approach to Level Design This is one of the first books to integrate architectural and spatial design theory with the field of level design. The book presents architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work. It connects architecture and level design in different ways that address the practical elements of how designers construct space and the experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space. Throughout the text, readers learn skills for spatial layout, evoking emotion through gamespaces, and creating better levels through architectural theory. View it here. Learn more and download the ebook by clicking here. Did you know? GameDev.net and CRC Press also recently teamed up to bring GDNet+ Members up to a 20% discount on all CRC Press books. Learn more about this and other benefits here.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
AquaLungs

Entering WVU in the fall

2 posts in this topic

Where would a degree in both computer science and engineering get me? How far into the industry? I'm also planning to double major in business management with a concentration in small business. Would this be a good set-up to start my own studio, most likely indie?
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you one of the top students in the class?   Are you actually going to make an indie game or two?  Are you going to actually graduate? 

 

You're very unspecific, broad, and situational...   It's hard to put thought into a question that doesn't have thought put into it.

Edited by lithos
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1. Where would a degree in both computer science and engineering get me?

2. How far into the industry?

3. I'm also planning to double major in business management with a concentration in small business.

4. Would this be a good set-up to start my own studio, most likely indie?

 

I think you have fallen into the frequent beginner's trap of equating education, a degree, and employment.  The three are *VERY* different.

 

1a. A BS degree program gives you a broad but shallow base of knowledge in the field.  

1b. A degree itself is certification that you have completed the degree program.

2. Nothing at all.  A degree serves as evidence to employers that you can do the job when they hire you.  It does not confer a career.

3. Is that something you want?  Is that something you are passionate about?  If so pursuing it may make sense to you.

4. It is good in that you have studied a few things.  It provides no real-world experience. It provides no business plan.  It provides no funding.

 

 

Go to school because you want the education.  If you want to learn a topic, then learn about it.

 

Get the degree to lock in external validation of the education.  If you want a job to consider the education or to get other credentials, get the degree.

 

Do NOT get the education or the degree because of a mistaken belief that it will confer a job, or that it will confer success in any other area of your life.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0