Dear Epic games,
I'm writing this to help me and everyone who wants to get into the game industry and wishes to know or hear stories on how the guys at epic got their jobs and how they would recommend starting preparing for the industry and what they should do and don’t do.
Please Epic; enlighten us with your stories. (People please ask questions here too... i hope Epic responds and helps us out)
Here are some of my questions i would like to ask,
I love games; I want to be a game designer. I enjoy writing long stories, drawing free hand (mostly faces and bodies) and even photoshoping images and I’m slowly learning how to 3D model (Maya is a bit more friendlier to me... 3D max feels a bit complicated hehe).
But I want to know. How important is Video game schools? Like If there was a program I would take it would be "Game Art & Design" BUT that seems to cost the most money ($21 000 CDN for a one year diploma at Vanarts in Vancouver >.< quite a bit of money). So I want to know... what happens if I train myself with tutorials, books and DVDs (i got a big book for Maya and a couple DVD's) and i recieve the same amount of information and skills as someone would get from school (maybe even more ^_^)? How much will my chances of getting a good video game design job be compared to taking a $20 000 course? Cuz I really want to work for a video game company and the two closest that look fun are Bioware and Silicon Knights (Calgary and St Cathreens, Ontario)... of course I would love to to work for Epic... but I'm sorry, I have no plan in moving to the states yet... hehe.
Also could you recommend any good schools? Like with a decent residence plan in both USA and Canada (I’m just a graduate high school kid here! Hehe)?
Any other questions from others please post them here.