Originally Posted by KAS--Will
1.a. Am I going in the right direction for being a Game Designer?
1.b. would it be wiser to just get into Programming?
1.c. I noticed that the Salary of a Game Designer is extremely low for the first 3 years (I don't want to be rich, I just don't want to not make much or go to college and not make much in the end).
1.a. Level design is one possible "right" direction, among many, for eventually getting into game design.
1.b. That depends on your criteria. What criteria do you use to judge "wisdom"?
1.c. You keep doing that! You keep going on and on about what you DON'T want. You need to stop spending so much energy on what you DON'T want, and figure out what you DO want.
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