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  1. Question a grizzled and not yet bitter veteran

    Jeff, Thanks for the response. You told me exactly what I needed to hear. I actually don't make as much money as I should now, so I think that is to my advantage. I can almost work for table scraps, and outlast anyone working into the night. And, I have the full support of my family which really helps. However, my son keeps asking me when I will be working on Halo. I tell him, "Let me work on Tetris first, Halo will be second". Unfortunately, I think he believes me. You mentioned skillset, interest, work ethic, and motivation. Skillset is definitely my weakness (I have enough of the other 3 for 10 people). So Physics is that valuable? Cool!!! I already found my old textbooks. Thanks again. Gordon, I'm interested in Jeff's reply to you. My guess is it will be similar to mine; that the prejudice is aimed at the incompetent. Doug
  2. Question a grizzled and not yet bitter veteran

    Jeff, Great, great thread, and I really appreciate you taking the time to answer everyone's questions/concerns. My question is whether you think I am too old to be considering a move into game programming. I actually began making games in Basic using a TRS-80 Color Computer in the early 1980's. I should have realized this this would be a great career, think of where I could be now (anyway, I stopped programming for some reason). I eventually went to college as a Physics major, ended up graduating with a Bachelor’s in Accounting, and I am now in Applications development (go figure). A few years ago I was programming pretty heavily in Java, but lately I am programming using a report writer (company moved me). Back to my question. I have once and for all decided to go into game programming. I am going to first move into web development (I have done quite a bit of this) in order to at least stay sane while I learn game programming. I have a wife and 4 kids (mine is our only income) so my options are limited. My question is, at 38, do you think I am too old to be considering this? Meaning, will I be out of place? And, given my experience, do you think I can make this happen within 2 years? [Edited by - z00keeper on December 7, 2005 3:39:11 PM]