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Best Education Path To Learn Video Game Programming? 240

Proudrooster writes "Fellow Slashdotters, I have transitioned to teaching and my students have asked me what is the best path to take to work in the video game programming industry. Which would be of more benefit: pursing a Computer Science degree or taking an accelerated program like those at FullSail? I have a CS degree, and suspect that the CS degree would be of more benefit in the long run, but I would like anyone in the industry to share their wisdom and experience with my students trying to follow in your footsteps. If you could recommend some programs in your replies it would be appreciated." A couple other questions that might help those students: what non-academic methods would you recommend to students looking for a career in the games industry? What projects and tools are good starting points for learning the ropes?

Comment Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 410

There seems to be a lot of details that one has to wonder whether or not they were taken into account when conducting this "study".

For example, are they stating that driving to the store to shop has a lower impact on the environment because of what the impact is to have the product shipped, flown, driven to a nearby distribution center and then driven to your door? Then where does the impact of having the products shipped, flown, driven to a nearby distribution center and then driven to the store come into the equation? I mean, they didn't assume that the products are all manufactured on location and stored on the shelf of your nearby store, do they? Are they taking into account that the UPS or FedEx truck isn't just hauling your purchases, but many dozens of purchases at once to your neighboring community? Are they taking into account the environmental impact of that whole same neighboring community all driving their own vehicles to a store to shop for the product they can't find, then driving to the next store and trying again and again at multiple stores before they find it, followed then by the drive home again?

To suggest that you would have to purchase an average of 25 products to be shipped together and delivered in the same shipment in order to be a lessor environmental impact just seems ludicrous to me.

Comment What and How to teach... (Score 1) 172

First of all, to really know what and how to teach on this subject I'd need to know what the course requires. For example, are you required that the course cover technical aspects such as code/script writing, or the process of figuring out the logic involved in the mechanics of the game or how the AI is going to work. If there is not technical requirements, then don't try to take them there.

The Game Design job marketplace used to require a handful of techie nerds spending long hours together making a game to be burned to a cartridge, but those days are long gone. Now the job market requires manager types, human resources types, fine musicians to create game music, sound effect artists, fine artists (in many different flavors such as concept artists, texture artists, environment artists, etc.), story boarding artists, digital 3D sculpting artists, and the list goes on and on and I've yet to mention anyone who writes code and puts things together in a game engine.

So, if there isn't any requirement that you make the class technical, then teach them how painting a wall of bricks is different then making a seamless tiling texture file that will make a surface look like bricks, how their skills would apply to story boarding, 2D concept art sketches or paintings, 3D character texture files and how the parts of the model's texture have to fit the UV file, or detailed 3D sculpting using tools like ZBrush, etc. Keep your class focused on how their fine art skills are tweaked to fit a technical industry rather than on how ill-suited they are to doing the technical stuff in the industry.

Comment Re:This shouldn't have gotten very far. (Score 1) 227

Dear Mr. [real estate agent / property manager]

My name is Doris and I writing too you as wife Mr. [rich Australian] who is in Hospital. Until recently I became nurse to taking care of him as he suffering from pain of rare disease he contracting while in Safari on Africa, then become his wife due too him being kind man. This Hospital can not give special treatment to treating for cure of these disease because payment is not received. My husband say he very rich, but they money has invested in properties of which you are management and agent.

I have arranging via email with American to make purchase of properties worth $10,000,000 in sell pricing of $500,000 to sent to hospital for treat for cure of those disease my husband is pain from. Please expediting of sell of properties to allow paying of treatment as he is much pain suffering.

Contacting of American may happen and those documents pertains of properties to sent to you should you reply please quickly with bank information requiring for deposit to make.

Help please quickly,

-- --

Mrs. Doris [rich Australian's last name]

Comment Re:One more time... ...with feeling... (Score 1) 594

In order to preserve the relevance of the redundancy threads, the original /. post is quoted below...

Science: Family To Receive $1.5M+ In Vaccine-Autism Award

Posted by timothy on Saturday September 11, @03:54AM
from the welcome-to-a-jury-of-your-peers dept.

An anonymous reader, quoting from CBS News, writes

"'The first court award in a vaccine-autism claim is a big one. CBS News has learned the family of Hannah Poling will receive more than $1.5 million dollars for her life care; lost earnings; and pain and suffering for the first year alone. In addition to the first year, the family will receive more than $500,000 per year to pay for Hannah's care. Those familiar with the case believe the compensation could easily amount to $20 million over the child's lifetime. more than $1.5 million dollars for her life care; lost earnings; and pain and suffering for the first year alone. In addition to the first year, the family will receive more than $500,000 per year to pay for Hannah's care. Those familiar with the case believe the compensation could easily amount to $20 million over the child's lifetime. ... In acknowledging Hannah's injuries, the government said vaccines aggravated an unknown mitochondrial disorder Hannah had which didn't 'cause' her autism, but 'resulted' in it. It's unknown how many other children have similar undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder. All other autism 'test cases' have been defeated at trial. Approximately 4,800 are awaiting disposition in federal vaccine court.' How did this happen when all the scientific data points otherwise?"

This way things are even more redundant....heheheh!

Comment Re:One more time... ...with feeling... (Score 1) 594

Actually, I was going for funny.

But I guess my sense of humor is a bit too dry and laced with sarcasm today. Or perhaps it is not appreciated all that much by the crowd that gets drawn to this "serious" topic.

An interesting thing to note though is that although, as you say...

Pointing out a redundency and being singled out as redundant yourself is either unfitting (if your view is in fact insightful) or deserving (if someone thinks that it was so obvious, that your post was not needed).

...the redundancy is so obvious. And yet here we are more than two hours later and it still exists in the main post. Obviously, it isn't obvious enough to have gotten corrected yet, despite numerous people pointing it out in the comments.

Comment Re:What? (Score 5, Interesting) 594

Thanks for the vindication.

But unfortunately a few anti-vaccine Nazi types with mod points burning holes in their pockets came tearing through this comment thread not long after I posted that.

When I first read this and I thought almost immediately about April Fools stories on /. primarily because an estimated 20 million award seems punitive and excessively so. And who is being punished here? You and I and everyone else who had nothing to do with this.

While I feel sorry for this girl and her family, it is not my fault this happened. And I cannot see how providing care for this girl could possibly cost this kind of money. It would have made more sense to have a reasonable pain and suffering award up front, plus some reasonable standard of living allowance annually, plus the government picking up the tab on all related medical costs. Somehow I doubt the total of which would come anywhere near 20 million

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