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    Exclamation For Those Of You That Want A Career In Programming:

    Which sort of programming do you want to do? Video game programming, or software programming?

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    Games, anything else would probably make me bored
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    Originally posted by abrege
    Games, anything else would probably make me bored
    I 100% agree with you.

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    Games, Definetly games. And Graphic-games to be precise,
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    Games would be fun, although you'd be hard pressed to get into any sort of a job programming games right now (Digipen people can confirm or refute this statement, as it has no basis in actual fact, it's just what I assume) because of how many people are coming out of school looking to get into that.

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    Originally posted by Govtcheez
    Games would be fun, although you'd be hard pressed to get into any sort of a job programming games right now (Digipen people can confirm or refute this statement, as it has no basis in actual fact, it's just what I assume) because of how many people are coming out of school looking to get into that.
    Couldn't you buy special hardware that allows you to actually create PS2 games, and create your own games from home? Maybe you could get a good publishing deal if your games are good enough? Of course, it'd be pretty hard to make them all by yourself.

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    I would really hate to program most games. I reckon a lot of it would be dead boring. The only games I would like to make would be Flight Sims. This is because part of my degree has been on Aircraft propulsion systems and flight mechanics. It would be really cool to use what I have learnt to make a virtual plane behave in the same way as a real one.

    Mostly I would love to program user apps like MS Office or stuff like that. I really enjoy programming things that benefit other people in some way or another.

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    Originally posted by Govtcheez
    Games would be fun, although you'd be hard pressed to get into any sort of a job programming games right now (Digipen people can confirm or refute this statement, as it has no basis in actual fact, it's just what I assume) because of how many people are coming out of school looking to get into that.
    I'd say it's tough to get in, but not impossible. If you really try hard and devote a lot of time to programming, then there's not much stopping you.

    It's not like acting, etc. where you can be extremely good but still never make it very far in the industry. Not as many people want to be game programmers, and only some of them are devoted enough to dedicate a lot of time and pursue a career in it. You also don't really have to "know" anyone to break in. What's more is, you can learn to program and even develop proffessional quality games on your own for very little money. There are free compilers, many professional APIs are free to use, and there's plenty of documentation on the web. It's all about how much time you want to spend. Despite all this, there are few people who have the initiative to actually learn. The few that do and are successful, have quite a good chance of getting into the game industry.

    While it's true that a lot of people coming out of college might be trying to get into the game industry, only the ones who put in a lot of time on their own towards programming will have any chance. A degree in computer science doesn't say a whole lot nowadays about the programming ability of the graduate. They have to do a lot on their own, otherwise it just shows that they know the languages, not necissarily how to use the languages.

    Oh, and did anyone see the latest rolling stone? There was an article on Digipen talking about how little we get laid, etc. Good ####!

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    I'm glad that (game) programming is difficult enough to weed out the ones that aren't willing to put the work into it. I'd say I agree with you poly about the computer science thing not meaning all that much, but I'm not in college yet so my opinion doesn't really count. I'm hesitant to apply to college at all, I want to just stay home or somewhere and just do programming during the day (wake up, eat cereal, do programming while still in boxers). My main concern is not getting accepted to digipen, but continuing my education at my state school, becoming even better at programming (which is inevitable, because I'm realizing I have the devotion that many others don't) but then not being able to get a big name job anywhere because my school doesn't have the required level of elitness attached to its name, ya know? Oh well, talking about this makes me depressed.

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    How about maybe a "both" option, or maybe, "undecided"?
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    >>I'd say it's tough to get in, but not impossible. If you really try hard and devote a lot of time to programming, then there's not much stopping you.

    he's right, poly puts in like 20 hour days, i dont think i've ever seen him NOT on the computer....maybe once. but a lot of what he said is the truth, you dont have to know anybody or some secret code, you just have to have a good knowledge of computers, C/C++ (those being the primary languages) it really isnt as hard as you think, most people want to make games but after they find out what its really about they take off, even if you arent the greatest programmer, you can still get internship opportunites, WORK HARD, and move up. it isnt easy work, but it pays off in the long run.

    one final thing to end this babbling:
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    If I am not able to get into game programming, I'll be in another profession. I'm not doing any other type of programming. Haven't you ever seen Office Space??? =P

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    Game programmers never get to have any of the fun. If you
    want to do something fun in the gaming industry, become an
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    programming is fun, #####!

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    >>Game programmers never get to have any of the fun.

    maybe the months and months of hard work isnt, but the payoff is, and if its good enogh you get paid obsene amounts of money!!
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