It is an open secret of the game development industry that an advanced degree in computer science (or the equivalent) is not the only way to prepare for a career making games. I’m amazed at the number people I’ve worked with who didn’t have any kind of formal degree. They just started with a passion for games and began learning all they could on their own.
Hardy Says: I know so many talented, successful and famous game developers who got their start this way. These are folks who regularly make million-dollar (or more) projects, and you can too.
So let’s discuss what you can do to get the skills that you need before you decide whether a full education in software development is the right path for you.
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The ability to program computers is projected to be the number one skill employers will be looking for in the future. Not just in game development, but in virtually every field.
The great news is that there are some amazing tools to help kids learn more about programming and software development in general. In fact there is a great organization called Hour of Code that is dedicated to teaching kids about software development. Their website is a great place to start your own education.
Let’s start with some of my favorite basic tools. The following tools are geared toward elementary and middle school kids, but anyone who’d like to understand basic programming concepts could start here.
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