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  1. The "bragging rights" I referred to was actually making it through a tough school such as full sail :) I was mostly just joking though lol.
  2. Thanks for advice. I had planned on getting a degree in computer science one way or another as a fall back plan. Any good schools in Florida? I know USF offers some stuff in that area but that's a bit of a drive =/ I'm attracted to both Full Sail and Digipen because they have games focused programs. I would think I would be more likely to get a job with some paper signed by them. For Full Sail I would go for the Hugely quick pace they move at. Getting in and out real fast would be nice and from what I hear that school is top notch, they don't use bad equipment. For Digipen I would like to go there because they are games focused and slow pace. Being able to work and school at the same time would help with cost in a big way. If I went to a normal 4 year college I would not really have to worry about cost I guess... Play my cards right publix and I might be able to get a degree for free :) But I would lose the game focus and bragging rights of going to a games school. Hmmm.... o.O EDIT: I'm going to look at the link you posted kalnos, thanks.
  3. I'm also looking at schools. Got Full Sail and Digipen on the short list of options right now. Which is better?