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Been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do when I leave the service in alittle under a year. Some college options I've been considering are;

Video Game Design

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Astrophysics

I'm really into astronomy, but after almost 3 years in the desert my brain is pretty fried. And well, I love video games, hell I love any games.

Anyone have any experience in game design?

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No, but I have been doing physics at school, and it is great fun! Just do what you really want to do. Go for something you will enjoy.

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and if you can't decide what you want to do, a business degree makes a great general degree.

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True, I have thought about business...video games sound fun though so I might try that. Besides...it's free..... GI Bill what what?

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I'm doing a video game course in Scotland, a lot of programming involved (obviously). My advise would be to pick up C# now and go over to http://creators.xna.com/en-US/ and get XNA and Visual Studio 2008 (both free to download) and start doing some of the tutorials on XNA.com.

I've read a lot of interviews about games companys hiring. They tend to find people who go down the Computer Game course don't have as much in depth knowledge of things like programming than those who come in straight from a proper computer science course. These days though even if you went for plain physics at uni you'd get a job in games what with the ways graphics and simulations are (there is dedicated physics cards out these days!).

If you want to get into games pick what aspect you want to do (programming, animation, level design etc) and focus on it. Whilst game course are good you'll be a jack of all trades master on none. Unless you put in a crap tonne of hours into each skill and practice at home.

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I'm doing computing with game Design in Ireland and it's a very good and fun course to be in. Although some are what drivebybaptism said You can get ones that are generalised for the first year or 2, semester or whatever depending on the course, then specialise into a given field. I've only finished the first semester so I'm not sure what choices are available coming up.

Also in Ireland there are jobs being lost everywhere but from 6 months ao to 2 years from now there will be aprox. 1500 jobs in the gaming industry being set up here. It's a hugely growing industry so you will be able to get in there. WaR set up 400 recently in Ireland.....

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I would like to go into a video game business, but I heard that the game designers make very little money while the company people get all the money and give the designers their little portion. I was considering doing game design, but I'm terrible at computers and I think I should make a better living like perhaps being an architect.
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I have a BFA in game design and interactivity.

my only suggestion to someone before making the choice is go to an art school or programming school that has the program. the two year colleges won't prepare you with the skills and theory's you'll need in the real world. Its a tough industry and there's a lot of failure in getting a job, but if your strong (army strong?) in your approach and dedication to your education, you shouldn't have many problems.

keep in mind that there are more than one facet to making video games. you have designers, that Design the "fun" meaning the gameplay and the situations the game puts you in, then there are programmers who translate the designers intentions into logic the computer can understand, and then if your cool like me, you can be a Game artist (specifically environment art) and make 3d and 2d art assets that go into the game engine.

I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia. Its a good school albeit a bit expensive, but that's what the GI bill is for right? I've gone back on occasion to give talks and lectures.

if you want to know more, PM me.

Edit: I originally went to school to be an architect, I loved the program just fine, but the job market for architects is piss poor, plus I suck at advanced physics. Instead now I make fake buildings and thankfully I can't be sued if they fall down.

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Two sites that are good to check out are http://www.gamasutra.com and www.gamedev.net with the latter being my preference.

Both has a massive range of world wide job listings in the games market for every aspect of the game production
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thanks guys I'll look into them. I'm interested in level design and character design including 2d and 3d animations. I dont have experience in either so I suppose I will look around.

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