With books, you’re less likely to drop your phone in the toilet.
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It’s easy to get started with game programming, thanks to a variety of pre-made game engines
that help you create basic games quickly. But to make anything substantial – not to mention anything unique or ground-breaking – you’ll need to invest time and effort into your programming skills.
For learning a deep topic like game programming, nothing beats a book. You can throw it in your bag and read it anywhere – on the bus, at school, on your lunch break, on the toil… well, you get the idea.
The game programming books listed below are some of the best available, and they come highly recommended by professional game programmers like Brandon Fogerty, David Galloway, Dan Posluns, Brian Gish, and Yours Truly – me. Start at the top, and build your coding chops as you work through the list. Read more ›
Welcome to the Game Industry Career Guide Podcast, where I answer your questions about getting a job, and building your career making video games.
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Does a game developer’s salary add up?
When it comes to getting a job, we all want to find a path through life that lets us do what we love every day – whether that’s creating art, writing great code, or creating new experiences for players.
But none of that matters if the job doesn’t pay enough to keep a roof over your head and dinner on the table. And it’s even more important if you have a family to care for, or if you plan to support a family some day. Having your dream job doesn’t mean squat unless it pays a living wage.
So you’re probably wondering: Does game development pay a living wage? Read more ›
Which video game school is right for you?
Choosing a college or university to attend can be a lot of work, and it can feel like a big commitment. That’s because it is!
The top video game design schools in the country are ranked and listed below. But before you decide on a video game school, you should spend time researching your options: Read more ›
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Don’t you wish it was this easy?
What if you could learn video game design directly from the best designers in history? What if they showed you exactly how to develop your most successful ideas, and avoid the ones that could destroy your career?
To learn from the best of the best – in their own words, from their own mouths – look no further than the Game Design section in your local (virtual) bookstore.
But a search for “game design” on Amazon turns up 18,415 books. Clearly, there’s a lot of poo to wade through before you’ll find a true game-changing gem.
Maybe there’s a shortcut…?
I spoke with three of today’s top game designers to get their opinions on which books are absolute must-reads. Jenova Chen (Journey, Flower), Hal Milton (Marvel: Avengers Alliance) and Kelly Toyama (Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines) have weeded out all the crappy books for you. So you can get straight to the good stuff. Read more ›
Find game schools near you
The Internet is full of info about the game industry. But only a handful of resources cut through the noise to offer current, practical information to help you get a job and grow your career in games. And they’ll save you a lot of time and effort along the way.
The resources below are the cream of the crop, and come recommended by top game schools and industry professionals. And – bonus! – most of them are absolutely free. Enjoy!
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