As you all probably know, I am a 'wanna-be' games programmer. I've taught my self everything I know about games programming and programming in general( As well as help from Dream.In.Code... of cause ). I must say that I love it and the hard challenges that come with it. Yes, even though they infuriate me at the pinnacle point of the challenge at hand, but, boy does it make me happy when I 'beat' the challenge.
I am as of current, gaining my Automotive Body Repair trade, as I love working on cars. I also love programming, so it really is a difficult choice for me. So I decided to get my trade, since Australia is in high demand for tradesman, plus it's really good money... okay, not as good as a games programmers salary, but it's still good money. I figured, since there is a high chance of not getting accepted to train for a trade over the age of 21, I thought it would be a strategic choice to get my trade first, since I can get a degree at a reasonable age.
So my plan is this: Once 4 years has ended, I will be a tradesman, and once I have my license, I plan on applying to Qantm College, Sydney, Australia for a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment, major in Games Programming. This course is only a 2 year commitment, so by then end of the 2 years, I will have an idea of what the Vehicle Body repair trade is like, compared to the Games Programming side to the Gaming Industry.
What is it like for you guys in the industry, whether working in a good company or an indie company. I know moved from England to 'Canada'(May be mistaken). What is it like to travel thousands of miles for a job on the Gaming Industry? How did it affect you. Did it have a positive or negative impact on your life?
In your opinion, is programming games a good job, and do you all still like it?
These questions aren't directed to you in doubt, but out of good discussion and curiosity.
This post has been edited by aaron1178: 11 August 2013 - 02:55 AM