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April 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm #8416AnonymousInactive
I’m wondering what people may be looking for in a game developers portfolio these days?
All my stuff is over six years old and I think I need to update it before I can send it to anyone.
April 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm #48378AnonymousInactive
Show us you old portfolio :)
Depends what kind of art job your looking for? Character, environment, UI… http://www.polycount.com would be a great place to start though.
April 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm #48380AnonymousInactive
Software Engineering rather than art :). Even us programmers need to show off :).
It always helps to have code and things to show. Unfortunately my stuff is all six years old, so I was wondering what is fashionable to show off for coders at the moment.
April 13, 2012 at 12:58 am #48384AnonymousInactive
Be sure to use the term ‘programmer’ or ‘coder’ or ‘software engineer’. Cos ‘games developer’ doesn’t really mean anything. Now to be fair, I do see the odd job up on sites looking for ‘games developers’. And it always means ‘programmer’. And as an artist I find that term a bit offensive. Like programmers develop games and that’s that, all other disciplines are secondary. Which is, of course, utter bollocks.
Artists and designers and programmers and testers and producers are ALL needed to make games.
It’s really tough for a coder to show off how good they are unless they have a game to show. If you are new to the industry, what companies will usually look at is your 3rd level (or any) qualifications. Maybe your final year project. And then they will decide whether or not to take a chance on you. But even then you’ll only get an interview if the company are on a specific hunt for new blood straight out of college. Ideally, if you got time? Try to get a small project together showcasing your sweet code. That’s all I got. Good luck. It’s a jungle out there.
April 13, 2012 at 6:47 am #48385AnonymousInactive
Trying to figure out what’s ‘fashionable’ is the wrong way to go about it. The people doing the hiring want to see solid, well-documented code – it doesn’t really matter what the subject is. Of course if you’re applying for a physics programming role for example, you’d definitely be better off showing off what you know about physics. However even if you showed off something completely unrelated like a multi-threaded task scheduler, but it was was robust, smart and well-implemented, it would stand in your favour.
I’ve been interviewing people for a few roles recently and the quality of code I’ve seen submitted has varied widely. You can tell a lot about a candidate from what they submit. It’s all about the quality of the code – people want to see what sort of code you would be contributing to their codebase if they hired you.
So as the first impression of you for a potential employer, it’s important that your code is of a high standard. But at the same time, don’t kill yourself over the details. Keep in mind that code alone won’t get you a job – just in the door for an interview.
April 13, 2012 at 7:04 am #48386AnonymousInactive
I’ll point out that I’ve quite a bit of industry experience and quite a few credits on published titles already. This isn’t enough though – it seems everyone is looking for a portfolio no matter how much experience you have behind you.
The last time I was applying for jobs certain things were "fashionable" to show off with as a coder. Everything has changed now, however, so I was just asking the question.
Code quality is not an issue. I’ve been accused of being too pedantic about my code before – trying to make it too perfect. I hate badly documented code.
@Roganski – We used to work together. I’m well aware that art, design and QA are extremely important. "Game developer" seems to be the term they are using to describe software engineering jobs now.
April 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm #48387AnonymousInactive
No worries mate. I know ya. I did of course forget to put sound engineers and musicians on that list too. D’oh! :oops:
April 18, 2012 at 8:39 am #48405AnonymousInactive
Portfolio for a programmer…apart for as a graduate, I’ve not heard of coders doing that that.
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