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This topic contains 18 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  aphra 9 years, 6 months ago.

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  • #6508

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    hey

    sorry u must always hear this im new
    i would like to study programming in college, im currently in 5th year in secoundry in dublin is dere any courses 2 recommend?
    also im afraid dat der wont be any jobs in ireland am i choosing de right career.
    any info appreciated and sorry for the short writing im using my ps3 browser.
    cheers

  • #40023

    david4482
    Participant

    Hello, yeah this comes up quite a bit so the courses links
    http://www.gamedevelopers.ie/courses/index.php?cat=Degree
    are a good starting place to look.

    Games programmer or just Programmer? To be honest any computer science degree anywhere is a good starting point but this is not an industry were having a degree means you automatically have the knowledge/experience to get the job.

    What kind of job do you think you will be looking for?
    If game programmer working on PS3/PS4 AAA titles then current outlook indicates there won’t all of a sudden be a tonne of game jobs in 5 years time in Ireland but there will be jobs in some country.

  • #40024

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    Hey thanks 4 de info great help
    is working in dis industry hard?i have no idea wat 2 expect,i would love 2 wrk 4 a big company but is der any in ireland,ive heard of havok nd da’ve made it big.Wat is it like?sitting at a computer all day?
    Cheers
    will i need 2 buy a computer r will 1 be provided.sorry 4 all de questions

  • #40028

    david4482
    Participant

    Think alot of people on these boards would have been programming as a hobby in secondary school and so had an idea of what to expect. As for the work itself, yep you sit at a computer and spend long hours there, not all playing games. Hard to get into and hard once you get in as technology is continually changing which means you have to be continually learning.

    If you had an xbox I would suggest looking at XNA for an idea of game programming.

    Big companies, no BIG companies making the actual games in Ireland, the companies you may have heard of are called middleware providers. They make tools that the people who make the games use such as as a physics engine or Networking solution so the game makers don’t have to spend time coding their own version.

    Might be a controversial statement but if money is a big motivator game programmers could easily make more money in other fields of software.

    Some colleges may provide a laptop. You may even have a dedicated lab with your own computers :wink:. But anyway most colleges don’t require that you buy your own computer but would personally recommended that you do.

  • #40031

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    Wat other fields of Software?
    Wats xna nd y do i need an xbox?
    Sry 4 all de questions but i want 2 find out b4 i choose my career.
    Thanks great info again david.
    Cheers

  • #40032

    david4482
    Participant

    What other fields of Software? : I meant like writing business applications, payroll or database systems or something. i.e non game stuff.

    XNA is Microsofts tool kit for making Xbox live arcade games. You can make PC games with it too so you don’t need an Xbox. Read about it here.
    http://creators.xna.com/
    If you are interested get a book on it and you could be making simple games in a few days as XNA has lots of samples. Oh and its free.

    There is not an equivalent for PS3.

    You should go to college open days this year, never much time in 6th year.

    Best of luck.

  • #40033

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    hey thanks man
    u wer a great help.
    any other info welcome.
    cheers

  • #40034

    omen
    Participant

    First bit of advice…learn to type real words :)

  • #40035

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    haha very funny…but i apologised for that in my first post

  • #40037

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    First bit of advice…learn to type real words :)[/quote:42a543e614]

    Hater.

  • #40038

    omen
    Participant

    I’m really busy these days and post like that need concentrating to read and i don’t have the time :)

  • #40039

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    So if I do a computer science course will i able 2 apply 4 a job 4 at a middleware company?are there many of these companies in ireland?

  • #40041

    david4482
    Participant

    List O Companies and what they do.
    http://www.gamedevelopers.ie/companies/

  • #40042

    Skyclad
    Participant

    So if I do a computer science course will i able 2 apply 4 a job 4 at a middleware company?are there many of these companies in ireland?[/quote:04fdb2418b]
    You can apply for any job at any stage, getting it is a different matter, though a computer science course is likely to help if you want to do programming at such a place (wouldn’t help with something like sales and marketing for example) :)

  • #40048

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    Hey thanks everybody for ur comments, good help hope to see ye in de future cheers

  • #40069

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    ok now ive a new problem, im 15, doing the lcvp course and i need work experience i live in dublin anywhere near tallaght is ideal,is there any companies willing to take me for at least three days, it cant be during school times(which is bad) although it can be during school holidays or weekends. i am willing to travel within reason,I’d rather do something hands on but i can also do work shadowing(which is basically me following you around just watching you which would freak people out) any info appreciated
    cheers.

  • #40116

    Zeouterlimits
    Participant

    ok now ive a new problem, im 15, doing the lcvp course and i need work experience i live in dublin anywhere near tallaght is ideal,is there any companies willing to take me for at least three days, it cant be during school times(which is bad) although it can be during school holidays or weekends. i am willing to travel within reason,I’d rather do something hands on but i can also do work shadowing(which is basically me following you around just watching you which would freak people out) any info appreciated
    cheers.[/quote:e5e7e951ce]

    I’d recommend contacting companies yourself, not every is here, or regularly visits here. As long as you’re respectful and enthusiastic, and willing to hear the word "no" a few times, then you’ll get somewhere eventually.
    Just try to be a bit more pro-active and find places yourself, rather than depending on gd.ie
    {Just my two cents, good luck}

  • #40121

    evbevmagevbof
    Participant

    yes but is there any companies near me?

  • #40122

    aphra
    Keymaster

    I don’t know of any games companies in the Tallaght area..

    most of the Dublin ones are city centre/ digital hub or out in Leopardstown…

    Aphra.

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