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  1. [quote name='Zoomulator' timestamp='1340367102' post='4951712'] Are you really a jack of all trades, passionate for each facet of game development? [/quote] As someone who is beginning to identify with this, does that work for or against me? (consider I want to start my own company eventually, even if it's in handing out flyers)
  2. [quote name='eFoDay' timestamp='1340329965' post='4951573'] I just came across a posting for a Sr. Java Engineer at Nintendo. [/quote] Great find, although could the position be for, say, networking and databases in general, perhaps not actually related to work with in house development (not that I'm going to apply, just curious [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/wink.png[/img] ) And I'm vaguely aware of Jmonkey, I guess it's as good as anything to get started with.
  3. Great insights, I guess I'll carry on with java in the knowledge I'll pick up more skills along the way, on a project by project basis.
  4. I'm a newbie myself so take with a pinch of salt, but it's probably detrimental to plan [i]that[/i] far ahead. Aim to educate yourself and work hard, but planning projects 5 years in the distance seems a bit limiting. Good luck anyways!
  5. [quote name='Serapth' timestamp='1340218185' post='4951080'] I always walk away disappointed... the same (meh) apps always dominate the sales charts, which is telling. [/quote]So by this do you mean there is a gap waiting for quality content, or perhaps the more depressing, people don't want quality content, and as the majority pretty much rules what makes it to the front pages..?
  6. Well its obvious use for the android OS is something. Do developers here have any success with games on the google store or is it pretty hit and miss?
  7. Complete beginner here, I very much enjoy coding in java, hoping soon to do some game dev with it. What is the future for this language, in terms of the 'big boys', established developers, support on consoles etc. Forgive me if this seems like a bit of a 'non-question' to those more experienced but I'm curious.[img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]