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Article - 'Steps to break into the Game industry' by OpticStar

An item about Miscellanious posted on Aug 9, 2003

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A helpful article with tips on how to make a profession out of game creation

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So You Want to Break Into The Gaming Industry?

There are several key things you must know and know well to break into the gaming industry.

1) Software Engineer – Software engineers are the key to success of any game. To become a software engineer you should know the following: C, C++, Assembly Code, HTML, JavaScript and SQL code. To pursue this kind of career, typically you should study Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering also a strong mathematics background is a big help.
2) Computer Graphic Artists – Simple enough right? Well some things you’ll need to know to pursue this career…a strong art background of course, 3D Imaging, a basic knowledge in PhotoShop, Maya, 3D Max, Softimage, or Debabelizer.
3) Marketing & Production – In this career several things are important…the ability to speak and interpret yourself well, work well in a team, meet grueling demands and deadlines, and a good knowledge of the inner working of the game industry as is.
4) Design – Designers also serve a definite role of game creation. Designers are typically writers, helping to keep the game interesting with an intricate plot, convincing characters and generally breathe life into a game world. In this career, creative writing is a huge plus, as well as several mythology courses and literary type classes.

Above I have given you the 4 basic careers in today’s ever popular gaming industry, there are many, many more, I.E. game testers, translators, and advertisers to name a few.

Next I will supply you with a few schools around the U.S. (sorry I don’t know schools in Europe) that have all of the above mentioned courses.

UCLA - The University of Los Angeles offers all of the above classes with several majors leaning towards today’s gaming industry.
University of Computer Arts – Located in Teppe Arizona, this college isn’t an accredited school but has several majors aiming towards the gaming industry such as Computer Graphic Art, various languages courses such as C, C++, JavaScript, SQL and many others. If you’re looking to begin your work into the gaming industry, this would be the place to start until you transfer to a 4 year accredited college.
NMU – Northern Michigan University is another school which I recommend, not only does it
offer many classes based on the above careers but it also gives you free use of a brand new state of the art laptop as part of tuition and fees, what better way to learn programming with a brand new computer?



Now…it’s 6 am and I have class in two hours…so this is all for now.
Expect several more articles on the topic eventually.