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What’s the best laptop computer for video game design?

In this episode of Game Industry Career Guide Podcast, I answer a question from Danielle, who asks “I’m looking to go into Game Design. Do you have a suggestion for the best laptop to use? What are some of the requirements a Game Designer would want in a computer?”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why your choice of computer depends on your software
  • How to find out what type computer is needed for each game engine
  • How to make an informed choice for the best performance while you design games

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The Pros and Cons of Remote Game Development

A game programmer commits code from a pleasant, grassy field

When you work remotely, you could commit code from a grassy field and no one would ever know.

Gene Walters had his dream job: programming graphics and special effects for video games. What could be better?

Well, how about this: Programming graphics for video games… from home? No frustrating morning commute. No clatter and distraction of a hectic game studio. No need to slip out of your comfy pajamas. Doesn’t that sound even more perfect than perfect?

When Gene made the leap from an in-studio programmer to an at-home programmer, it was the solution to many problems – but it also caused new ones he didn’t expect. We’re speaking with him today to learn how he launched his at-home video game career, how he wrangles the ups and downs of remote employment… and why he might give it all up, if given the chance. Read more ›

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What’s the best way to learn video game programming while I’m in high school?

In this episode of Game Industry Career Guide Podcast, I answer a question from Joseph F. who asks, “I’m a high school student considering a career in game programming or design. I’m trying to learn C++ on my own with no background knowledge of programming and I wondered if you could recommend any tips for learning game-specific coding. My school doesn’t offer anything code related until junior or senior year and I’m having trouble knowing where to start. Is there anything in particular I can focus on to start practicing game coding while I’m in high school?”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to learn the most popular game programming languages from scratch
  • How to learn to use the most popular video game engine, for free
  • The best way to combine your skills to make your first video game

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Make your first video game today using these free tools

Make your next video game using these free game creation tools

When people ask me “how can I start making my own video games?” my answer is always the same: “Just start, and start today!” The only way to learn how to make a video game, is to make a video game. And the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll learn the skills you need – and see the look of surprise on your friends’ faces the first time they play a game made by you.

But you’re probably asking yourself, what’s the very first step I should take? What tools should I use? How can I learn all the skills needed to design and create my first game?

Fear not! It may seem overwhelming at first, but you’re not alone – even if you don’t know programming and haven’t made a game before, these 3 amazing game creation tools will get you started fast and help you every step of the way.  Read more ›

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USA Schools for Video Game Degrees and Certificates

Which "traditional" universities actually offer video game degrees?

Which “traditional” universities actually offer video game degrees?

Table of Contents

  1. Game Design Degrees
  2. Game Art Degrees
  3. Game Programming Degrees
  4. General Game Degrees

Video games are more popular than ever, and more young people than ever are thinking about making video games for a living. And whether you’re considering game design, art, programming, or management, video game-related college degrees are a popular way to get the necessary training to start your career.

You’re probably already familiar with the handful of “video game schools” such as Full Sail University and DigiPen Institute of Technology. (They advertise everywhere, so they’re hard to miss!) But did you know that dozens of other schools also offer game-related degrees and certificates?  Read more ›

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Top 20 Free, Easy Resources for Building Your Video Game Career

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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