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In short: How old where you when you got your first job in the inudustry? I''m now 28, and starting to learn DirectX. I have been programming C++ on and off for 5-6 years. Programming in general for about 10 years. Is it to late for me? Or do I need to start on my own... Endre

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Yeah, I am kinda in the same boat, just finished university and am competing with people younger than myself, but lots of older (40+ even) guys were in my course, and they had no problems getting jobs, so I am still confident.

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I guess I can answer for the fun of it.

I''m currently 23. Been programming for the company I''m at for 3 years in april. I don''t have any schooling (in programming at least) and I think I''ve done fairly well considering. I mostly work in Java and Perl doing a lot of GUI interfaces and things. Wish I got a college degree, or high-school diploma for that matter, so I could "demand" a higher salary but hey, I''ll do that some day. =)

- Mike

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Im 27 now. Ive been in the industry for almost 4 years.

Heres the ages of the programmers on my team.

2 twenty somethings
4 thirty somethings
1 forty something -- in games since the mid 80s.
1 fifty something -- in games since the late 70s.

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I''m 14 and I am looking for a job. Anyone? I''ve been programming in DirectX/C++ for about a year and have read a lot of books on it. I also know good webpage design(even though my site sux) including flash. If this is a bonus, I know good graphic art and a little java. If you go to my site, you can see some older works(not real old) but now I''m programming isometric games so they seem old.

Because I am young, I would only ask for maybe 25% of the normal pay. Thanks!

My site is bgamesinc.tripod.com but this was created so fast and the games were created so fast that it is hardly anything of my potential.

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I''m 14 too (in 2 days). I started programming with BASIC when I was 11. I started C++ a few months before I turned 13. I started Java...I forgot, but I think it''s been 6 months. OpenGL - since June. I want a job also but I can''t even get a work permit until the 25th. BOOHOO.

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I turned 3 yesterday. I''ve been programming in BASIC for about
5 years, and then I switched to C++ which I have been doing now
for about 12 years. I know the theory of relativty, String
Theory, the existence of God, the meaning of life, and of
course, OpenGL. All I ask for is a decent supply of Huggies.

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Original post by kmsixpence
I''m 14 and I am looking for a job. Anyone? I''ve been programming in DirectX/C++ for about a year and have read a lot of books on it. I also know good webpage design(even though my site sux) including flash. If this is a bonus, I know good graphic art and a little java. If you go to my site, you can see some older works(not real old) but now I''m programming isometric games so they seem old.
Because I am young, I would only ask for maybe 25% of the normal pay. Thanks!
My site is bgamesinc.tripod.com but this was created so fast and the games were created so fast that it is hardly anything of my potential.

I''m not trying to discourage you, but sometimes it is better to have nothing than to have something crappy and say, "I can do better but I didn''t for some reason."
One sweet-ass game demo would be better than many ass ones; I would recommmend working on one until it is wonderful, then use it as an example of your work.

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I reckon its better to have something ''crappy'' than nothing at all, but now that you seem to have sussed out the basics, kmsixpence, I think you should try making something that showcases you sills a bit more, something with nice graphics, and more substantial code.

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Nobody is going to imploy a 14 year old. Regardless of the fact that any substatial work is illegal ( at least in the UK ) until the age of 16, you just wouldn''t have the experience. I would keep going at it, learning more, then get a decent degree.

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