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Old 07-24-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone had any experience with the Game Institute?

After spending many frustrating hours trying to decide which engine I wanted to begin programming on as an extreme beginner, I came upon this little website called The Game Institute. For $99, it gives you a slew of resources, online textbooks (with the option to purchase the real things for an additional fee), presentations and projects that are said to be guided by 'industry professionals' - just click the tabs on the top and expand the ones further down to view the material. Knowing the internet, I immediately think this is a scam of some sort.

But after reading further, it's actually looking pretty promising. They give a detailed list of all topics covered in each of the classes in the package, as well as the amount of textbooks/presentations/goals to associate with the course. And I know that I work in a class setting better than by myself.

I was just hoping that someone had some experience or thoughts in regards to the Game Institute. It would be a big help for me to decide whether or not I want to shell out the $100 for this.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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I was just hoping that someone had some ... thoughts in regards to the Game Institute.
I have some thoughts.
1. $99 is dead cheap! Why not just give it a try.
2. You get what you pay for.
3. http://www.igda.org/games-game-september-2007
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #3
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I have some thoughts.
1. $99 is dead cheap! Why not just give it a try.
That's what I thought too! But your next point crossed my mind as well.

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2. You get what you pay for.
Which is why I'm still worried. Does it being cheap mean that I'm most likely going to get a 'cheap' education? From what I can tell, the curriculum is a rather detailed one, and some of the testimonials that were posted on other game design forums - not the ones on the Game Institute website itself - were giving it high praise... but I still can't break this feeling that maybe it isn't all it's cracked up to be.

I guess I'll just have to give it a try. $99 isn't too bad for many weeks of classroom education.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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Watch out for hidden costs. Talk to somebody before you pay, make sure there are no hidden fees.
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Just searching around the website, the number of textbooks and presentations you get alone is probably worth the price. Most textbooks for any subject cost around $60usd and you'll be get 8 textbooks from signing up. Also, you'll get more than 100 presentations over the subject matter. Even if the material is a little out-of-date, if you truly are an extreme beginner, there will be a lot of benefits.

With that said, keep in mind you still need to have access to Visual Studio and 3ds Max, which can cost a lot of money; however, if your a student, check to see if your school has a deal with Autodesk (http://students.autodesk.com).
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