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Old 05-29-2008, 06:04 PM   #1
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I know you guys recommend making many small programs, so I'm curious to what kind would be the best representation of skills?
Incorrect. I would recommend you make several high quality, finished and polished programs. As for skills, I don't know what your skills are or what type of programming you want to do in the industry.

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Should I design my own 3d engine from scrath and use it for a multitude of small projects such as a shooter, fighting game or platformer? Or should I use something like torque and make some mods of classic arcade games like pacman or mario?
As I said above, it is about what YOU want to do in the industry. If you want to be a graphics programmer, then I expect a demo or several demos representing your skills and interest in graphics programming. E.g A fully customisable particle system editor.

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I applied to around ten of the larger companies this summer, but didnt advance past HR contact most likely due to my lack of a demo and game-related experience.
How did you know this? Did you ask for feedback? Did you chase up on your application? Persistence is needed when applying, you can't simply apply and forget.

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Is employment at a "named" yet business oriented company still worth something in regards to the game industry?
If you are working on commercial software then yes, it is professional programming experience.

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You also mention targeting your resume specifically towards a company. This is a little bit more difficult with internships. What does that mean beyond using the specific position and company name for a generic programmer internship? And what should I stress when applying? I've never been sure about the ordering of education, skills , experience and other work.
I wouldn't worry that much. Just make the resume and covering letters covers what the role descriptions ask for. Since you are applying for an Internship, on the resume I suspect the order would be: Contact details, Education, Skills, Previous Experience.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:23 PM   #2
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Thanks a lot for the response.

In regards to what type of programming I want to do, I'm not sure yet. I may actually end up wanting to be more on the production/project management side of things.

But if I were to choose at this point it would definitely be something in regards to Gameplay, AI or Graphics. The reason I was kind of general with my skills based question is the majority if not all internship postings I applied to were pretty general themselves requesting C++/Dirextx Experience and were smiply programming positions.

I could definitely be a little bit more persistent with my applications. I emailed each company whose address was readily available and called those who I could find in a directory, but usually always hit a machine.

Thanks again.
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:31 AM   #3
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Are there any listed phone numbers for the companies you have applied to that you can use?

Admittedly, you are a bit late for Internships this year. Most people apply at the beginning of the year. All you can do at this stage is keep trying and hope you get lucky.
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Yeah I applied to those who I could last September and whenever else they became available. I'm posting this as I'm currently working at my current internship.

The only company who listed a public number on their careers/contact site that I applied too was Midway. I used a business directory lookup I think hoovers or something to find a few other numbers from companies such as EA. The only email contacts I got were from a generic HR email or from a specific person telling me the position had been filled.
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