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Post by chrisx16x2008 on Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:39 am
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hey i want to go into computers in college but im kind of confused. I wanna do an online college like devry or westwood although im not really sure what to go into. I wanna know how computers work like O/S, programming, architecture, etc... I also wanna go into game development like game engine programming, networking, 3d graphics, etc... I dont know what is my best option since game development they will probably make me focus on only game programming or only 3d design... and if i do either of those how I do a computer science major? I have heard of people making small video games in their dorms though? how do they do that if you can't be an all-in-one game devloper? any advice people of HTS?
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Re: college?

Post by comperr on Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:09 pm
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If you want to go into game engine design a degree in Computer Science and a degree (minor or major) in Physics will help.
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Re: college?

Post by Karec on Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:06 am
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Psh, all the cool Computer Science majors get Math minors.

But on a serious note Comperr is right on about getting a Computer Science degree with a Physics minor. However I think a Math or Art minor may be useful as well in different scenarios when it comes to video game design.

If you feel very motivated though you could always try the double major, a guy I know is going for one in IST and Comp Sci. I personally wish I could work as hard as him, he basically can get any technology job he wants in the market.
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Post by DenyTheTruth on Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:08 pm
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When I was going to college I was getting a double major in Computer Science and Game Design. I wish I would have stuck with it but monetary and living situations prevented that.
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Re: college?

Post by kratos1143 on Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:09 am
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I'm a computer engineering major for a few more years. If your serious about wanting to know
O/S, programming, architecture, etc...
, then I would go for that major. Most schools will cover OS, Java and C++ (if not C, LISP, and more), and comp. architecture. The major difference between CS and CPE is CPE focuses a bit more on the hardware side with a heavy emphasis on software. If the school is good, they'll teach you all about the world that divides programming from hardware. To be a skilled programmer, even game design, you need to know how computers actually work, pipelines; assembly to binary instructions; and CISC vs RISC architectures. Knowing the above will give you a cutting edge in the gaming industry. Why? Because knowing this will allow you to write faster programs than some programmer that just knows how to code without any knowledge of the machine processes instructions. One guy I know has programmed a half dozen games using Java. He's been able to do this while staying in college. It's possible, but a lot of hard work. Hope that helps and good luck! CS or CPE is an amazing career.

EDIT: Also take a look at digipen.
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