Hey there Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

How to get into the game codeing industry

Announcements Posted on
TSR Movie Madness. Vote and debate in all of the group finals from now to Saturday evening! 15-07-2014
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Hi guys i am going to e starting computer science soon so i was wondering how could i get into the gaming industry mainly programing so if any one could help i would be greatfull i also am wondering how to get past the experience hold back because on every job aplication it always says that you need 1/2/3 years experience but my question is where am i ment to get that experience when every one whant that experience.??????
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Outlaw1198)
    Hi guys i am going to e starting computer science soon so i was wondering how could i get into the gaming industry mainly programing so if any one could help i would be greatfull i also am wondering how to get past the experience hold back because on every job aplication it always says that you need 1/2/3 years experience but my question is where am i ment to get that experience when every one whant that experience.??????
    You don't need any experience yet, you need to learn to use "." and ",". I ran out of breath reading your post.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by smalltalk)
    You don't need any experience yet, you need to learn to use "." and ",". I ran out of breath reading your post.
    I am sorry i am on an ipod and it is hard to get to the comma and the full stop ans the keys are so small
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by smalltalk)
    You don't need any experience yet, you need to learn to use "." and ",". I ran out of breath reading your post.
    no you didnt your brain will make you breathe where you know it should have a coma or full stop

    if not then go see your doctor you have a problem
    • 13 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    There are graduate jobs out there. I suggest signing up to a recruitment agency that specialises in the games industry when you're in your final year. That's what I did and it worked out for me.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by smalltalk)
    You don't need any experience yet, you need to learn to use "." and ",". I ran out of breath reading your post.
    ah stop nitpicking. I swear i see these everyday.

    OP - The gaming industry is very competitive.. First thing you can do is get an advantage before starting your course. Over the next few months, get yourself involved in the programming languages you'll be learning to ensure you get a top mark throughout your course.

    As someone else said, there are recruitment agencies out there as well which you can start to look into over the next three years of your course.

    You could start also, to get a portfolio of some games your create ( no matter how basic at first) which would showcase your knowledge, always a good thing. Create apps using game engines etc.

    hope it helps
    • 4 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I must say, syntax (especially in your own language) will be a major portion of what you do.

    Coding is like writing a story - Kinda like one of those game books where you have dice, pencils, pens, etc and you play the game whilst reading the story. It has to be clear and informative, and as concise as is necessary.


    A group of people within the gaming industry gave a lecture on how to succeed


    Importantly, start young. Teach yourself, don't rely on the course. You should be at a stage where you've finished learning what ever you can find in the books, and can safely apply yourself for real. Find indie game companies who are looking for new programmers - But they won't want someone with just enthusiasm, they will want someone who can produce results. Try modding games and gain recognition for your work. Don't expect your first job to be the one which is at the top of the ladder... You will have to build it up. Hell, your first job might not even be paid! Build your own games if you can, and show skills that way. There are probably hundreds of forums out there where people are looking to start up their own company and create their own software - Get on board projects. Many will fail, but some might be the next Facebook or Minecraft, and that sort of thing will get you instant points within the industry.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Psyk)
    There are graduate jobs out there. I suggest signing up to a recruitment agency that specialises in the games industry when you're in your final year. That's what I did and it worked out for me.
    you are about the only person that has helped me and not gone on about grammer. thanks
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SillyEddy)
    I must say, syntax (especially in your own language) will be a major portion of what you do.

    Coding is like writing a story - Kinda like one of those game books where you have dice, pencils, pens, etc and you play the game whilst reading the story. It has to be clear and informative, and as concise as is necessary.


    A group of people within the gaming industry gave a lecture on how to succeed


    Importantly, start young. Teach yourself, don't rely on the course. You should be at a stage where you've finished learning what ever you can find in the books, and can safely apply yourself for real. Find indie game companies who are looking for new programmers - But they won't want someone with just enthusiasm, they will want someone who can produce results. Try modding games and gain recognition for your work. Don't expect your first job to be the one which is at the top of the ladder... You will have to build it up. Hell, your first job might not even be paid! Build your own games if you can, and show skills that way. There are probably hundreds of forums out there where people are looking to start up their own company and create their own software - Get on board projects. Many will fail, but some might be the next Facebook or Minecraft, and that sort of thing will get you instant points within the industry.
    ok thanks i will try and do that
    • 20 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Outlaw1198)
    you are about the only person that has helped me and not gone on about grammer. thanks
    You do realize that an awful lot of programming is all about grammar (of the relevant programming language)?
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by davros)
    You do realize that an awful lot of programming is all about grammar (of the relevant programming language)?
    i know that it was just because i was on a ipod and the comma and the fullstop are in hard places to touch when you type, so i don't use them but all it was was people complaining about commas and fullstops. Thats all other than that my grammer is fine.
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    OP, there's a huge difference between posting a question in a forum and writing game code. I dabble in programming (completely self taught in Visual Basic and C++), but am not studying these formally, as it's just a hobby for me.

    Those on this thread picking up on grammar, OP has explained he was posting from a phone, where it's difficult to access , . etc. Give him a break!!
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by askew116)
    OP, there's a huge difference between posting a question in a forum and writing game code. I dabble in programming (completely self taught in Visual Basic and C++), but am not studying these formally, as it's just a hobby for me.

    Those on this thread picking up on grammar, OP has explained he was posting from a phone, where it's difficult to access , . etc. Give him a break!!
    thank you somone that listened
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I can't believe no one has picked up on "Codeing" yet.

    Anyway, if you want to get employed in the industry, you normally need a degree.

    If you just want to mess about, and simply "try" some stuff out, then just choose a programming language and learn it. I recommend C/C++ because you can do a lot with it.

    As for the experience, you can become an intern to gain the 1/2/3 years exp. They'd pay you nothing/minimum wage, but it's just the way people break into the industry.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Error: Undefined reference "codeing"
    • 13 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by tamimi)
    I can't believe no one has picked up on "Codeing" yet.

    Anyway, if you want to get employed in the industry, you normally need a degree.

    If you just want to mess about, and simply "try" some stuff out, then just choose a programming language and learn it. I recommend C/C++ because you can do a lot with it.

    As for the experience, you can become an intern to gain the 1/2/3 years exp. They'd pay you nothing/minimum wage, but it's just the way people break into the industry.
    I didn't do an internship. I don't think they're that common in the games industry, at least not ones that last that long. I did apply for one at one point, but that was only 3 months I think. I didn't get it (they said they decided not to do it any more), but in the end I did get an actual paying job, which was on more than minimum wage.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Outlaw1198)
    because on every job aplication it always says that you need 1/2/3 years experience
    If the job is listed as 'Programmer', then it probably isn't a graduate position. Graduate positions are normally advertised as 'Graduate/Junior/Entry-level Programmer'.
    • Thread Starter
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vox)
    If the job is listed as 'Programmer', then it probably isn't a graduate position. Graduate positions are normally advertised as 'Graduate/Junior/Entry-level Programmer'.
    Ok tanks for tis advise
    • 13 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vox)
    If the job is listed as 'Programmer', then it probably isn't a graduate position. Graduate positions are normally advertised as 'Graduate/Junior/Entry-level Programmer'.
    Well my job title when I first started was just 'Programmer', but I don't know how the job was advertised (I got it through an agency, so I never saw an ad for the job, if it even was advertised). But I'm sure that's normally what they'd say. They'd probably make it quite clear it's an entry level position.
    • 58 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Whilst you're doing university, volunteer making games. Join groups looking for programmers, or start your own project. Game programming is a very competitive industry; you must both be a strong programmer and have experience of game programming in order to get looked at for interviews. Get yourself a portfolio of projects you've been involved with - set up a website where they can see your work, or give them your games on CD. Impress them and make them want you, because it is unfortunate that in the games industry, if you don't, someone else will.

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?

    this is what you'll be called on TSR

  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?

    never shared and never spammed

  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide the button to the right to create your account

    Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: July 29, 2012
New on TSR

What are your A-level predictions?

Join our AS and A2 results day chat thread

Article updates
Useful resources
Reputation gems:
You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.