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

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  1. I've been listening to these all day at work. Thanks for posting this!
  2. Thanks guys, makes perfect sense.
  3. Just as the title says. Lets say I am programming a game from scratch in C++, when should I use multi-threading or when not? I don't have much experience on the subject. Thanks
  4. A common piece of advice people give me to get a job at an established studio is to network. I never want to feel like "that guy" who runs around and sucks up to people only to give them his business card. I have a few questions that I think could help many others: How do you network? Is is wrong to just talk to random people and say "what do you do"? How exactly does one meet friends in the industry? Obviously GDC and E3 are the two giant gatherings. What are other events, meetups or even websites people can visit to network? At a GDC or E3, what type of networking is most effective? Who should we talk to? Should we hang out in the career section or traverse the floors? Any other advice would be helpful. I'm not coming from an "advance my career" standpoint, I would like to make industry friends to chat with/bounce ideas off of/see what's happening on the other side of the fence. Thanks!
  5. [quote name='frob' timestamp='1340637719' post='4952678'] The web site is interesting. I can't think of anything specific I would change, other than the "everybody is a critic" mentality. Overall it looks reasonable, the content is compelling, and nothing feels objectionable to me. Even though the web site is great, the resume "Technology Summary" needs to be cleaned up. Kill the "Technology Summary" section. Move the keywords into the "relevant experience" and "personal projects" section. That type of section is generally useless and may mean anything from being a language lawyer on one extreme to having just read a primer tutorial on the technology on the other extreme. Move those keywords into the personal projects and experience sections. I'm torn between if you should put the extra space in your experience (in which case you would move education to the bottom) or put the extra space in education by detailing some projects or master's thesis notes. I'm more interested in your projects, so I think I would add extra details that showed design details about the projects. Your resume looks like you are applying for a programmer position. It does not look like a designer position. I think if you put the reclaimed 'technology summary' space into designer-specific details, it will be great. Are you willing to move (on your own money, not relocation costs) ? [/quote] Thanks for the reply and advice! Yes I'm willing to move on my own dime, should I also include that in my resume?
  6. [url="http://www.ericmcconnell.com/"]http://www.ericmcconnell.com/[/url] I am currently working in games for health (physical rehabilitation) and I am looking to make the leap to the industry as a designer. Can I get some feedback on my web portfolio and specifically: Should I take anything out? Am I missing something important? Should my games have design docs with them? Does it look really bad to have halfway finished projects on there? etc. Any feedback is greatly appreciated, thanks!