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Old 04-14-2006, 11:37 AM   #5
HeatherLee
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That site is a really nice resource!

I actually DO have a degree in something akin to game design. I went to The Georgia Institute of Technology and got a Master's Degree in Information Design and Technology. I studied games.

What the program really did for me was showed me a path to the right things to read and study, gave me the tools to make prototype games, gave me people to talk ideas over with, and gave me very valuable contacts (which eventually led me to this job). I found it extremely valuable.

I also think though that you can prepare yourself for a job in game design without neccessarily going through a program like this. But you have to be very organized and self-motivated. There are great books and articles to read (more coming out all the time), and programs and packages which make it easier and easier to construct your own games with limited programming and art skills. Read alot. Make games. This will help you soo much!

As for actually getting a job, you will constantly hear stories which equate to "I was in the right place at the right time" and when I had my sights on designing games, I found these stories very discouraging. But I have learned that you can help orchestrate the right place and time to come about. You need to get out and meet people. You also need to live somewhere where people make games. This is really important, because there are more likely to be game developer events and meetings where you can meet people, and gmae companies aren't usually going to be excited about helping you relocate.

Anyway, that's alot of information for one post so I'll leave it at that for now.
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