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    hi, im 16 and very interested in c++ game programming, and design so far i have been reading tutorials on my own, buying books and things, im going to be taking classes and since im a junior im looking into colleges, i was wondering what would a game developing ompany look for in a new employer, what education i should have, of course math and physics, and also does anyone know of a good college i can look into?
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    holy crap if your 126 then you dont have long to learn c++
    well recently i was reading an article they look for enthusiam,responsibility,dedication,good knowledge,math,and confidence in you skills
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    Look at some articles at http://www.gamedev.net, they have a bunch or resources there, I use it often.
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    thats a good website, i've been a few times, but i dont see much on colleges
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    MIT, Caltech, University of California, lol
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    I would suggest getting a degree in Computer Science, but keep in mind that they will not teach you game programming but you will be pro at the theory of prgramming and the skills so teaching your self will not be that hard. As opposed to if you where going to just a game programming college, where you would be trained to make games that are being made now. but in the future having a very solid base in the core of computer science will be better in the long run than just being trained to make moderen games.

    I go to Purdue university for computer science

    classes while in computer science major:

    Lots of math:
    probibily cal 1,2,3, muti var cal, and linerar algebra

    Programming Classes:
    Focus on C++ and C as much as possible

    CS Electives:
    things like graphics programming with openGL and then a advanced programming class where you control the graphics pipe line with out OpenGL or any graphics package, which will really help you understand every aspect of graphics programming

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    As loopshot said, Degree in Computer Science is definetly the way to go.

    The focus on courses isn't exactly C++. Its more like General Computer Info I and II, AI, Data Structures, Object-Oriented D/P, Network Programming, Computational Geography, Discrete Mathematics, Generic Programming, Computer Architecture, Calculus I II and III, Algorithms, etc. Which you choose the ones you want (some required), most university sites show the courses offered, ie. http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar...urses/CPSC.htm. The programming language used (if any) in the courses isn't always C++ however, it could be C, Modula-3, Java, pseudo, whatever. However there is sometimes a C++ Programming (or Java) course, and anyway advanced programming languages are very similar.

    The required high school courses are generally minimum of English 12, Math 12 (not the basic one), and 2 of the following: Physics 12, Chemistry 12, Biology 12, or Calculus 12. Usually requiring grade levels of 67% or higher. Some require two languages, or tests, and if in US.. good SAT scores. Of course 'Game Programming Colleges' requirements wouldnt be as high, or expensive.
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    I can't remember perfectly, but all the colleges I applied to had requirements more like "X years of English", "Y years of math," "N years of a foreign language", and so on. The names "English 12", "Nose-picking 12" and so on mean nothing to anybody who went to a high school that uses different names, such as me. Especially "Math 12".... what in the world is that?

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    Most if not all programming languages are very similar. They generally use the same words and phrases. Albeit in different ways and functions.


    For instance in C programming you must end a statement with a ; , but in some other languages you just type and the code does not necessitate a semi-colon.

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    What if your University doesn't offer C/C++? I'm going to end up being certified in Java when I program in C.

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    i was thinkin of headin in the same direction.. except im majorin in comp eng. my school does howeva provide comp eng w/ the same identical comp sci classes as a comp sci major. i just have extra eng junk. like they said . my first yr is programmin but afta that its pretty much theory of how 2 do things. all my lectures so far have been by professors teachin us theory of digital junk. interesting stuff though. c++ is the way 2 go
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    Quote Originally Posted by kawk
    What if your University doesn't offer C/C++? I'm going to end up being certified in Java when I program in C.
    Hah. If it doesn't include C/C++ don't count on a lot of programmers attending it!

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    A lot of universities use Java.. it ........es me off, but I guess thats sort of okay.. I mean the theory and concepts are the same, its just a little different syntax.. and way different libraries

    I'd still attend, but I'd go for C/C++ until it almost killed me, then I'd choose Java.
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