I get many emails a month from students telling me that they want to learn – Game Development, Mobile Application Development, or how to become a developer in general. They are on the fence about learning from our 100’s of hours of training and they’re not focused on one topic: instead a grand promise. Yet they seem drawn to our training. They want some clarification/direction on how can they reach their goals. I thought it’s time I have a central place where I can answer this really critical question “What is the best way to become a ___ developer (fill in the blank).”
Let’s start with “what YOU are doing wrong kids”
One of the biggest mistakes people make is focusing on the end goal (forget for a moment about game development). Marketers know that. Smart course builders know that as well. They build their titles with a name that promises you an end goal “Become a game developer”; “Become a mobile developer”; “get rich fast”; so on, and so on, … We all like to think we are beyond these cheap thrills. Who are we kidding we are not. As I spent my life working in advertising I remember very well something one of my friends at one of the biggest advertising companies in the world had posted on his wall “promise the dream , deliver the nightmare”. Online advertising is not far from that. Marketers need to sell more and sell you what you want. Unfortunately what you want doesn’t really exist most of the time on the market. Marketers should adjust their advertising to fit your desires and reality.
It reminds me of my former landlord Chris in the middle of NYC. He was growing the most amazing vegetable garden and was always inviting me to his garden to taste his pride and joy vegetation. One day Chris spoke me as he was holding a tomato that was ripped at the seams (looked to me like something I would skip if I was in a super market. It was far from perfect , some might say it was ugly. Most would I bet you). Chris held out the tomato and told me to look at it. This tomato “its amazing – most fools in the markets when they see this tomato they think its bad, when in reality this tomato is so full of goodness it’s cracking in the seams”. I hope you’re connecting the dots at this stage… We are drawn to perfection. When reality most of the time is perfection hidden in front of our eyes like a big tomato scare. Our desire for the perfect looking tomato leads marketers to find ways to make tomato look perfect and that leads our tomato to taste like potatoes. Don’t let your game development dreams taste like an uncooked potato.
You can’t fault a marketer as they are trying to give you what you are asking for. As a consumer, someone that is learning, you got to be smarter. Do you really think someone can make – like I make – over $250,000 dollars a year as a consultant, can learn that in a weekend? You’re smarter than that! Don’t get fooled by your own desires. Clearly if you where Chris you wouldn’t be fooled by a perfect looking tomato in the market place. Nor would I, as I learned from him an important valued lesson. Although I come from the world of marketing I decided that I just don’t want a student that I need to lie to get them to become one of my students. I want students that join us to take a life-time commitment to improving their own life, and I’m fine with having less students. Lets face it, I’m not short on money and I don’t have an urgent need for cash (not saying I don’t like cash I’m just not desperate for more of it :)).
I hope this article will help you understand that no one can promise you something that takes a life-time to master in a one hour training course. The web has been jam packed with overly priced secret formulas to development. Somehow our competitors think they can teach you to become a game developer in 5 hours or less. The truth of the mater is that you first need to be a developer to be able to build anything. It’s much more luring to buy a title called “Learn Game Development in 1 day” than “Become a Developer in about 3 to 6 months”.
I get it – I was wrong, so how do I become a Game Developer?
Well if you insist that the first step before the rest is knowing programming; you can learn everything you need to know about programming with us at 02geek. We really only want life-time members. We aren’t charging you $300 a year for it like our main competitors. Instead we charge a one time fee for life-time access for as long as you need to, to learn development with us.
Once you are are programmer its only a matter of time to become a game developer. By the way by the time you finish with our training you will have all the basic skills you need to start building games of your own. So in short:
- Learn how to program (ideally with us)
- Figure out what language you want to major in (talk with us we will help you pick)
- Learn how to use one of the gaming engines
- Start building games and find specific titles to the needs you encounter
It’s really important that before you buy a title of any kind you first figure out what your goals are and how you’re going to achieve them. There are many titles out there that are 20-30 hours long that do have a great berth of information. Step back and ask yourself this question: Imagine Mark, he wants to learn to play the 5th symphony of Beethoven (great idea) but he knows nothing about music nor does he know how to read notes, understand rhythm, or why some sounds go with each other, and some don’t. He skips all the theory and just starts playing. You can imagine his journey to learn to play this symphony will be harder. More over than that, even if he does make it to the finish line it will just mean he would know how to play that specific symphony. What he truly wanted to know is how to play great symphonies in general. Learning to code even if its for a mobile device, game, or any other code. The end goal is not different. Without a good foundation you might learn and make things, but you will always be lacking the necessary background. That will haunt you over the years or you might just give up when you hit a road block.
If I can give you one tip it would be stop thinking only about the finish line – think about the tools and insight you will need to know to get there.
Please feel free to contact me at any time for help on figuring out your path I’ll be more then happy to figure out if any of our titles or all of them are right for you or send you to one of our peers, books, or other resources online. Let me know who you are. What your goals are. What you know already. I’ll be more then happy to help you find your path to prosperity.
If your ready to start learning hold off on game development, let’s learn programming now.