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Careers: Software Development VS Game Development

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Been a while.

This is such a difficult decision. I think it probably is for a lot of programmers. This is more of a personal entry than most, more just explaining my thought process on the whole path that I can't decide to take. :/

It's a decision I'm still failing to make. I think about it every day, yet I still can't come to a decision. I know I'm much better at software development, but game development is one of those things that every kid dreams of.

Usually, when I make any sort of attempt at game programming, I decide on a project that's WAY too big for me, and I just end up giving up halfway through. I lose motivation and interest, because I feel like I'm getting nowhere, and I always end up being stubborn and working on it alone.

I guess I need to learn to be more of a team player. I'm obsessive-compulsive about my code. It's not exactly pretty, but it's something I take pride in and don't like other people tampering with.

My plan of action is to finish my snippet manager, which has been slow in any development since that ridiculously early release. Life gets pretty hectic and it's hard to find the time and motivation to continue such a large project in my free time, without earning a penny from it.

When that gets done, I'm going to move on to a new game project. And this time, I'm not gonna be so stubborn. I'll find myself a team, and we'll actually make something together. Perhaps if I have a team, I'll be more motivated so as not to let them down.

If anyone else has faced this decision, how did you choose?

Same applies to web dev vs software vs games, I guess. Though I know I'm not gonna put my main focus in web development. I just don't enjoy it as much as I do in programming other things, for some reason. :/

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KYA Icon

15 September 2009 - 08:42 PM
This seems more of a hobby choice rather then a career one (since its a personal project/done off of company hours, etc...)

Anyhoo, my crux is animation/sprites/graphics. I can code to handle them, but I can't really draw. :(

I then get stuck in a small engine that has nothing to process. Trying to do any group work online is damn near impossible. Unfortunately I have experience of that both in and out of school.
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ladyinblack Icon

15 September 2009 - 11:10 PM
I do not work in the development field to actually give a professional opinion. But, my take on this, working with a team on a huge project would probably benefit the project itself. Because you get ideas from each member of the team. Ideas that you may have not thought of and might turn out to be even cooler project or game than you've imagined.

Choosing between software dev and game dev, game dev would be more fun, more exciting. Software dev, I would think is coming up with some kind of resolution to make someone's life easier.
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gabehabe Icon

16 September 2009 - 05:49 AM
@KYA I think you've misunderstood. The spare time projects are to help me decide. :)

@ladyinblack that's sorta the way I see it, but I just know I'm better at software development. :/
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W3bDev Icon

16 September 2009 - 09:27 AM
I think the hard part is finding dedicated people to work on an project with no budget. I have worked in several groups of people who "supposedly" want to be involved, but truthfully add nothing to the team but want to take credit for any work made. I have taken part in many projects where me and say one other individual, actually work on the project. Find some dedicated coders and graphics people and you'll be golden... unfortunately I don't know where many can be found lol.
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syfran Icon

16 September 2009 - 01:22 PM
My usual problem is I get distracted by the Internet ( especially DIC :P ). If you really want to get something done download any apis you need, cut the internet and tell yourself your not bring the internet back up until you finish.

That should help... either that or you'll find yourself jacking the neighbor's wifi :)

Seriously, I would suggest doing small games with something like stick figures ( or any intentionally bad graphics ) so that you don't have to worry about all that crap then maybe when you can show people that the project might actually make some money you can get some more dedicated coders.
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gabehabe Icon

16 September 2009 - 02:16 PM
I already jack my neighbour's wifi. ;)

Don't get me wrong, I've done some stuff with bad graphics before... the point is, the projects are too big, and I just end up losing direction. But I don't want to delegate the code to anyone else because I hate not having complete control over it. :/
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WolfCoder Icon

17 September 2009 - 05:14 PM
I might make some engine that other people might actually be able to use. It's going to have the usual editor suite.

Probably not. Probably.
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gabehabe Icon

17 September 2009 - 05:59 PM
Exactly. :(
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