EDIT: I just noticed I posted this into the wrong sub-forum, I'm so sorry!! Might there be a possibility of moving this thread instead of deleting/closing it? Thank you very much!
This question I have might turn out to be a little weird.
First, let me give you a little background about myself so the context can be understood more easily (I know that this will be very boring and annoying, but I believe that my question will be way too unclear if I don't add this information.):
I'm turning 18 soon, and am currently in the process of applying to different universities. Mostly in Germany. I'm interested in a lot of very different things - And game development happens to be one of these interests.
Now, game development most certainly is not going to be what I will study. I've thought about either going for a mixed Informatics/Business or a mixed Physics/Business degree (Focusing on the more entrepreneurial side of things). Not because I don't want to eventually get into the gaming industry (Why would I ask the question here if I didn't want to), but because I believe that I'll get the most out of my studies that way.
In terms of programming, I started around 7 years ago and am now "OK" at it in general, I guess.
I'll now try to explain what I optimally would like to do later on, what problems I believe stand in the way of it, and then well... I guess I'd like to hear your opinion about it
If I could just snap my fingers and wish for an optimal future, I'd absolutely love to be putting the few game ideas I have into reality without having the restrictions of being an employed programmer, but more or less by coordinating whole projects themselves (Ideally in a well-doing start-up)
Before anyone points out how utopic this is, I just want to say: I know that. I know that ideas alone are worthless. Without proper funding, you'll get nowhere. Without a proper organized team, you'll get nowhere. Without X, you'll get nowhere. X being literally one of so so many things. Especially since what I'd optimally like to do wouldn't just be to release a snake or pong game.
That alone isn't the only problem, however. Not only do I have no capital whatsoever, but I've also never managed to actually finish one of the countless projects I've started. In terms of real project management, my experience is near zero. Even in terms of programming, I only have the experience I acquired through seven years of trying and failing and reading articles (I haven't had anyone review my code yet, but I really don't think that the outcome would be anything less than eye cancer. I'm exaggerating, but I've felt as if I did not progress at all these past 1-2 years.). I have bits and pieces of knowledge in this and that, but nothing concrete: In other words, to the industry I'd probably be completely worthless. No one in his right mind would join someone without any capital and concrete and profound knowledge on specific topics.
And this still isn't everything. Thing is: I don't actually want to be a programmer. As I said above: I'd like to put my own ideas into practice, all the while being able to at one hand manage the project and on the other maybe still contribute something on the technical side.
Again: Yes, this sounds utopic, and yes, it absolutely is.
However, I still have to ask: What do you think? What do you think of the combination of my kind of "dream job" and path of study? Ideally, I'd obviously like to use the time and lack of constraints I have during my studies to be able to make progress on such projects. I know that everything I've said is far-fetched, but the thing is that I'm actually not quite sure how far-fetched it is. Is it far-fetched in the sense of hard but attainable? If that were to be the case, I think that I'd go for it. If it is far-fetched in the sense of you're wasting your life, I might choose to go down another path - I have quite a few project ideas in completely different disciplines as well, some of which may arguably be easier to attain, especially by going to a research-driven university.
TL;DR: I'm not sure what to do. I have project ideas for completely different disciplines some of which are related to game development. However, those related to game-development sound like the "I don't know programming and am alone and want to code an MMORPG in 2 months" threads (No, this is not my case, yes, this is an extreme example)
Any opinions ? Anything is welcome! Thanks a lot.
Edited by Flyverse, 18 March 2017 - 06:12 PM.