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Old 03-23-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Hello everybody, glad to become a member of this great community. I have been struggling with some decisions here the past couple of weeks and figured I better start getting online and asking some people who know alot better than I. I am trying to get into the video game business.

Anyways at the moment I am attending a community college in an attempt to obtain my Associates degree. Currently I am going for an embedded systems technology degree which involves alot more than what you would think the link is here.

http://www.mccneb.edu/catalog/progra...?program=ESTAS
I would be taking the elective of c# 1, c# 2, c++ 1, c++ 2, developing game and graphics, advanced game design, mobility networks programming(besides the core classes these 7 electives are what I would choose from the option requirements). I would most likely take a few extra math classes as well.

Secondly after my two years there I would transfer to this school which has a game design and simulation Bachelors degree which appears to be a pretty solid class, here is the link.

http://www.bellevue.edu/degrees/unde...uirements.aspx
The classes here is pretty well laid out, and it does seem create quite a nice portfolio for trying to break into the game industry.

My question being would these two different schools be enough for me to possibly break into the industry? I have been working quite hard on c++ programming on my own, and I know a degree is almost a must have nowadays even with a fair amount of skill. I just want to make sure that these two school options arent going to be a complete waste of my time.
If you could take the time to look at these it would be much appreciated.

By the way, advanced game design currently works on making an xbox 360 game (parts of it) if that is any such help. Thank you very much if you took the time to help me out, ill be on tommorow to check results. Again thank you so much. !
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:57 AM   #2
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1. would these two different schools be enough for me to possibly break into the industry?
2. I just want to make sure that these two school options arent going to be a complete waste of my time.
3. If you could take the time to look at these it would be much appreciated.
1. That's Frequently Asked Question #49: http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson49.htm

2. That's Frequently Asked Question #51:
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson51.htm

3. Nobody needs to look at your school curricula for you. This is YOUR decision to make. It's YOUR life. You must not look to others to make decisions for you. Read FAQ 25:
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson25.htm
And FAQ 25 doesn't address the issue of "unknowns" - when one of your decision cells is blank because you are missing information. FAQ 70 does address that:
http://sloperama.com/advice/m70.htm

Okay, hardassness aside. Any college can get you where you want to go. You don't need our okey-dokey, as long as you used good decisionmaking techniques in making your choices, and as long as you are looking forward to that education, and as long as it's reasonably affordable (by which I mean, you shouldn't have to be still repaying your college loan at age 50).
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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I really am looking forward towards getting this degree, I was just trying to make sure that the second school especially (Bachelors degree one) was a legitamite school. What I'm getting at is I've heard alot of schools throw up these "video game design" classes in hopes to drag in hopefuls like me, and by the time you graduate your really not much better off then you were in the first place. I was somewhat hoping you people who did go to school or who are in the video game industry could point me in the right direction saying yah or nah to this university. They have quite a list of classes, but then again it wouldnt be to hard for any college to set up these overnight pop up classes as well.

Anywyas Im sorry if offended anyone on here by posting up my class criteria, I've just been so confused on what to do. I do know it will take lots of hard work, I just dont want to be working hard on the wrong criteria you know? Thanks again those two links were quite helpful.
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1. I was just trying to make sure that the second school especially (Bachelors degree one) was a legitamite school.
2. What I'm getting at is I've heard alot of schools throw up these "video game design" classes in hopes to drag in hopefuls like me, and by the time you graduate your really not much better off then you were in the first place.
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellevue_University

2. What are you passionate about? Programming? Get a CS degree at any accredited university or college. Game design? Get any four-year degree at any accredited university or college.
http://sloperama.com/advice/lesson34.htm
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:12 PM   #5
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Thank you, that was a great article. I got a good idea what I need to do. Much appreciated.
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