If you want to make games, you might be considering getting a game design degree, the same way you would for many other careers. But the path from standard education to studio job or starting up your own small studio is murky on good days and incomprehensible on bad ones. Unlike becoming a lawyer, there's no standardized test that declares you a Certified Game Designer and no universities teaching to a known, proven standard. If you want to make games, should you bother with a degree? If you're enrolled in one, how should you use it to start working on the games you've always wanted to make? We asked a number of developers all over the world, some with game design degrees and some with totally unrelated qualifications, about their education and how they wound up making games. Read the guide before you buy "Do your research carefully," cautions freelance game designer Rosa Carbo-Mascarell. Not all game design programs are created equal. In fact, they're often completely … [Read more...] about Do game developers need a game design degree?
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Rami Ismail was frustrated. His #1ReasonToBe panel at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco had run into a snag: Half of his panelists couldn’t make it because their visas had been denied by the U.S. State Department. Ismail, a Muslim Dutch-Egyptian game developer, is co-founder of indie studio Vlambeer and is most famous for games like Ridiculous Fishing and Nuclear Throne. But in the game development world, he’s known as the guy pushing for worldwide diversity in game making. For years, Ismail has traveled the world encouraging underrepresented developers to speak up and let their voices be heard through gaming. “I had expected a single rejection, at most — a developer from Syria — and I had ensured proper backup in case that fell through,” Ismail told me in February. “Sadly, I had three rejections, which means with just over a month to the event, I have to find two new speakers.” As GDC approached, Ismail … [Read more...] about Trump’s travel ban knocks more game developers out of this year’s GDC