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Gaming the (Educational) System
By TechUniverse
Although video games have been around for decades, if you want to go about making games for a living, the paths to doing so arent readily laid out for you. Fortunately, more and more universities and colleges are now offering courses and degrees focused on game design. Here, DIG gives an overview of some of the different game design programs across the country, as well as what skills, materials and advice students need to get properly schooled for a career in the games industry. Skills and Interests If youre reading this, you probably play and are interested in video games -- and thats a great start. ?A love of video games is obviously a must, says Jameson Durall, a senior designer at the studio Volition Inc. (Saints Row, Red Faction) based in Champaign, Ill., and a Full Sail University graduate with a degree in game design. ?Not only does this love give the student the ability to correlate what they are learning on the development side to what theyve experienced in the past, but that love of games also helps give the desire to continue learning, even when things get difficult. Read More

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