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Yes, or no (and if you want to, why): Is a degree required in order to become a game developer?

I have my own opinion, but I want to see what the community thinks.

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    It certainly does help.
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    I'm sure lots of people have written a game without having a degree.
  • 4
    exactly @spl0. Just look at it in the college point of view. You code in the school and you don't even have the degree. Especially when some schools, ergh Slovak's are letting to code it totally alone without going through code. going through theory without explicitly showing how to do shit step by step with you..
  • 2
    If you want to get hired better have a degree else you can make whatever game you'd like to. There is no restriction like you cannot do it, ir's not a car so no license is needed.
  • 3
    Having a degree does help but there are instances where you can stick around after having done your internship. If you plan to set up your own game studio you won't need a degree but i'd still recommend following a study for it since it'll be easier to find people to help you out.
  • 2
    If you already made a game screw resumees and degrees. If you have no reputation a degree shows you know maths atleast
  • 2
    @orijin i agree. I helps a lot.
  • 0
    By the way, what subject is this degree in?
  • 3
    What I meant is, coding part of the games is not the toughest, but you'll have to learn maths yourself too, if you want to be on the edge of game dev world.

    Transforming matrixes, collision testing, and all sorts of algorhitms that take the load off proccesing power is a tough nut to crack if you don't have underlying knowledge.

    So having a degree where you already learn this it helps a lot.
  • 4
    for me a degree is not required for anything in the dev world, what really matters is the will to do it and how much effort you put on it
  • 1
    @illinit It depends what you are doing though. If you are writing programs for nuclear physics it would probably help to have a physics degree.

    But I don't think you need to have a degree 'in something' just to write a program.
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    @spl0 I think it's about collaboration in case of other fields. Why the heck you should learn that, if the physicist can explain you the bits you will implement
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    @freshlyfe umm... scientists have been writing their own programs forever.
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    @spl0 hmm so you mean not everybody knows how to explain stuff? That's why I left school
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    @freshlyfe not sure what you mean!
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    @spl0 that's cool & what did you mean with writing code forever xD?
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    @freshlyfe since FORTRAN!
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    So what I'm getting is, no, you don't NEED a degree to become a game developer. If you put the time into studying your platform and the maths that make up the physics of the game it is very possible to get an entry level position, especially since there are many courses online to educate you for this exact field. It's always beneficial to have a degree as a strong foundation, but when it comes to hiring, having a strong portfolio is just as good.
  • 3
    You don't need a degree. I normally see degrees in dev jobs as walls to avoid losing their time with people not qualified. With a portfolio of your work, you can avoid that restriction without a degree.

    But, it obviously helps.
  • 2
    @freshlyfe hello there fellow struggling Slovak student.

    BTW: I have to learn OpenGL and C++ for a subject this semester. We've never used either of them. The lectures are all pure theory. Youtube tutorials will have to come to the rescue soon.. You really don't need college for that.. But yeah, it kinda helps.
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    @Baxos ey bro, I would rather not say that I am student, after bachelor in TUKE I left it last year. Theory on theory ... right now www.milieu.io
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