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Scimac
09-25-2009, 11:31 AM
Hi there everyone. I discovered the site and course last week after following a link on Eurogamer and I was just wondering if there are any students on the course that are in the 30+ age bracket.

I'm 31 and I currently work as a Functionality QA Tester for a games developer/publisher however currently don't offer any training or development opportunities related to learning game programming. I was studying Games Software Development at university on a full time basis however I found it difficult to both study and work on a full time basis. Due to financial obligations the degree had to end. I'm now at a point where I am trying to work out what would be my best option to move forward in my career.

I like what I have read regarding the Train2Game developer course but I need to be confident that this is the right choice.

yaustar
09-25-2009, 11:36 AM
I like what I have read regarding the Train2Game developer course but I need to be confident that this is the right choice.
Have you asked your employer or the programmers at your studio what they think or know about the course?

Have they given you any advice on how to get to the position that you want to be in given your circumstances?

Edit: You said that you were on a Game Development degree, how much programming experience do you now have?

novogeek
09-25-2009, 11:37 AM
I am 34. I work as a Software/Web Developer for a VOIP Communications company in Manchester. We also specialise in Intermodal Tracking devices.

I am on the course in order to cement my knowledge of the gaming industry and not really looking into entering the job market (for various reasons) as I have other plans for my Indie Game Development "company" (loosely speaking).

The best people to answer your question about moving forward in your career ... would be the people who are in the industry and don't really have much to do with Train2Game ... his nick is Yaustar and he will probably probe you with a few questions.

Listen to him ... he has good advice and knows what he is talking about. :tiphat:

Edit: Ninja'ed by the devil himself. :ninja:

Scimac
09-25-2009, 11:50 AM
Have you asked your employer or the programmers at your studio what they think or know about the course?

Have they given you any advice on how to get to the position that you want to be in given your circumstances?

Edit: You said that you were on a Game Development degree, how much programming experience do you now have?Cheers for the quick reply. I haven't asked them yet, but I plan on emailing the HR dept when I get to work tonight and ask their opinion on the course. They haven't really given me any advice on how to get the position I'm after, but this is because I haven't directly asked that question. I've just been holding out for the return of a programming course that they used to fund, but it has been looking more and more unlikely.

yaustar
09-25-2009, 12:02 PM
Cheers for the quick reply. I haven't asked them yet, but I plan on emailing the HR dept when I get to work tonight and ask their opinion on the course. They haven't really given me any advice on how to get the position I'm after, but this is because I haven't directly asked that question. I've just been holding out for the return of a programming course that they used to fund, but it has been looking more and more unlikely.
That would be a good start. Hopefully HR will point you towards a more senior programmer in the company (preferably the one that deals with interviews and hiring). If not, ask them too. You want to 'grow' and the company should be supporting you.

You are currently in a good position (literally) as you have a pool of programmers to ask questions to.

Do you have any contacts internally in the company that you can grab over a lunch to chat?

The reason I ask about your current programming experience is because if it is at a high enough level, you can see if there are any scripter positions available that you can move into which is a good springboard for a programming position.

paul ross
09-25-2009, 12:21 PM
Hi Scimac 30+? I’m 51 with no games background at all,
I’m looking at the course from an arts background of a bit of acting / film and animation. Very good article posted about Tiga and T2G “Tiga to become awarding body” thread posted by Novogeek (cheers Novo) Very much worth a read.
It seems that there are plenty of opportunities to become involved make contacts and learn from other guys. Excellent course High value for money. Novice on book 2
Cheers Paul:tiphat:

ayupimhere
09-25-2009, 12:47 PM
hi scimac

im 30 i started the T2G course approximatly 4 weeks ago im currrently just finished my teacher marked assignment lesson 2 i passed lesson 1 a few days a go.
i knew a little about the games industry, But not as much as i thought G2T has taught me many things with in the first few lessons so deffinatly worth the money and time.

obviously depending on what level you want to start at you may know alot more than i first did.

cheers hope you get the answers your looking for

paul:tiphat:

gnipper
09-25-2009, 01:49 PM
Raises hand. 31 here, 32 in December. :)

Scimac
09-25-2009, 02:37 PM
You are currently in a good position (literally) as you have a pool of programmers to ask questions to.

Do you have any contacts internally in the company that you can grab over a lunch to chat?

The reason I ask about your current programming experience is because if it is at a high enough level, you can see if there are any scripter positions available that you can move into which is a good springboard for a programming position.My programming experience is very basic, i.e. "Hello World!" basic.

When I got the job 2 years back I had hoped that it would have granted me access to meet and befriend programmers and other members of the dev team, however a lot of the work we do is for first party developers that are located in other areas of the country, world even. There is one dev team located at our site however we do not have access to their section of the building but I will ask the HR team if there is someone I could possibly talk to or email for advice.

Thanks again everyone, it's nice to see that I'm not the only 30+ guy round here as I'm currently one of the oldest testers in our dept. I'll also be making the jump to 32 in December gnipper.

yaustar
09-25-2009, 03:23 PM
Snip..
That's a shame, you are not part of embedded QA which does make this a little more difficult. See where you get with HR and work from there.

To directly answer your original question about this course being the 'right choice', at the moment it's a bit of a gamble. You should come out of the other end knowing more then when you started but it is currently unknown how the diploma will be received by developers in the industry.

The other (and more important) question is whether the cost of the course is proportional to the amount of knowledge and experience that you wouldn't have gotten if you self taught yourself and only you can answer this question.

Some people can self learn at different rates/different levels and I have seen some truly impressive stuff by them while others do need a 'carrot' or a guide.

novogeek
09-25-2009, 03:26 PM
You should come out of the other end knowing more then when you started but it is currently unknown how the diploma will be received by developers in the industry.

The other (and more important) question is whether the cost of the course is proportional to the amount of knowledge and experience that you wouldn't have gotten if you self taught yourself and only you can answer this question.

Some people can self learn at different rates/different levels and I have seen some truly impressive stuff by them while others do need a 'carrot' or a guide.

Probably the best summary of the current situation around. :clap: Pretty much sums up how I currently see the situation as well.

yaustar
09-25-2009, 03:32 PM
Oh, I would also add that if you are on the fence, I would wait till at least a handful of students are a decent way through Section 3 of the course as that is where the actual meat of the course seems to be and await some feedback.

I haven't seen any of the course material yet so I can't comment on the quality of the course.

Scimac
09-25-2009, 03:32 PM
I need the carrot, hence I'm looking for a structured course that is tailored to what I want to do, program. I've completed the form to request more info so that I am able to make an informed decisionas to whether the course is for me.

novogeek
09-25-2009, 03:36 PM
I need the carrot, hence I'm looking for a structured course that is tailored to what I want to do, program. I've completed the form to request more info so that I am able to make an informed decisionas to whether the course is for me.

Just make sure when the advisor comes and sees you that they don't pressurise you into signing up right away. A lot of the students have felt pressurised and felt they should have had the opportunity to decide at a later stage ... no matter what the advisor says, you can take as long as you want to make a decision and if unsure then rather wait a while and see what happens.

The current students (myself included) are kind of like the Guinea Pigs at the moment ... and there is no telling what may happen.

There are NO reserved positions and the advisor doesn't need a decision right away ... make the choice for yourself ... that way you can't blame anyone else later on (trust me we have had a fair few of those on these forums). :)

Good luck.

nonothekiller
09-25-2009, 03:41 PM
hi ,
i am 40, and i enjoy to be on the course,for me is a challenge because English is my thirds languish
best regards
nono

CrystalSkye
09-25-2009, 08:29 PM
Im 33, 34 in December, :shhh:
I have been on the course a while now and its great plus you get the bonus of making some great friends with the same interests as yourself! :clap:

Daniel (MrGrey) Jackson
09-25-2009, 08:39 PM
I'll be 30+ in about 2 months time lol

I thought i'd left it too late to start a new venture but what the hell. :)

novogeek
09-25-2009, 09:13 PM
I'll be 30+ in about 2 months time lol

I thought i'd left it too late to start a new venture but what the hell. :)

Never too late mate ... the only difference is that the later you leave the harder you normally have to work to make it work.

Damn too many "works" in that above statement ... I may have just confused myself. *mutter* *mumble*

Scimac
09-25-2009, 10:41 PM
I'll be 30+ in about 2 months time lol

I thought i'd left it too late to start a new venture but what the hell. :)That is my main concern, but I'm really interested in the games industry and they always say you should do something you enjoy.

MarkMD76
09-30-2009, 11:06 AM
I'm 33, and an Oracle DBA by day.

Mark

TheProphecy
10-06-2009, 01:43 PM
I've been on this designer course a week and i'm the average age of a game player 36 to be precise, and as i've been playing computer games for the best part of 30 of them years i wnated to learn how to design the games i've played and wanted a better chance of getting a better job as i'm sick of dead end jobs that lead nowhere.

bhmediamarty
12-01-2009, 12:23 AM
One of the things I totally love about this forum is that every time I want to ask a question or find something, a simple search reveals that countless others have already asked that question or something similar, so all I need do is add my post to the end of the thread.

My question was to be something along the lines of what is the average age range on these courses, however, are there any 30+ students has answered part of my reasoning for wanting to ask the question.

I'm 38, as posted many times before, been tinkering with computers since I was 8 so long time interest but it's now at least 21 years since I first thought about working in the games industry and although I sometimes think "am I too old to be getting into this when there are so many teenagers these days doing the same thing that should have a faster capacity for learning things than I have", old dog, new tricks scenario, yet through watching interviews with games developers, designers, producers and presidents I noticed one common thing with a lot of them, they all seem (or appear) to be around my age, which I found quite refreshing.

If nothing it's given me a new spark that I should be able to come up with something, and having a teenage son who is mad on games I should have someone i can pass my knowledge down to if he decides he wants to make something as well.

Should be interesting times.

IndigoWhite
12-01-2009, 10:01 AM
If everyone searched like you, my post count would be at least 1000 lighter...

Kren
12-01-2009, 10:06 AM
I'm 36 I think... don't celebrate birthdays, so I tend to loose track :o
Full time student here, in between trying to do DIY on the house and the odd bit of consultancy to help make ends meet.

MyKitten'saNinja
12-01-2009, 01:18 PM
I'm 32, 33 in a week, urgh and have decided that if you're truly dedicated to studying and have a passion for your subject matter, age is no barrier.
I got a 1st class honours in a Fine art degree back in 2000, obviously that got me nowhere but into a series of dead end corporate jobs that i had no interest in. Two years ago is started an MA in digital Film and Animation looking for a route into the games industry but knowing nothing about coding, not since basic level it on the old amstrad when i was 6, and being told in needed to self learn several programs, (3d studio max, maya, photoshop which i already knew, Lightwave, Mental Ray, Illustrator and most complicated Flash action script 3, scripting what?) within a month to start producing work, obviously i fell flat on my face and was permenantly behind which meant i could never catch up on a year long course. It was ridculously high pressured also they wanted me to write a 10,000 word thesis which i had no interest in.
Anyway this course is structured for you to take your time and gently learn about coding so far i'm only on section 1B. I haven't got the finaces or the patientence to go back to do another Ba or Bsc i suppose and the tutors here don't leave you floundering.
So far i'm really enjoying and surprisingly actually taking things in. He he have new skills or will do in a short while

untame274
12-08-2009, 09:59 PM
I'm 47 just abt 12 days ago. I enrolled in late May 2009. I thought the sales advisor was a bit pushy but in the end I signed up. I am a scripter(vbscript,powershell) on windows mainly and some linux. My main interest for a long time was on c++ + java. I am always reading code and testing them. I have not sent in my first TMA yet?? I work full time + a family. I am self taught in almost all tech stuff in IT and everyhting else. I have started to tinker with gamemaker and even reading the manual provided didn't give me enough to figure out the second game on page 48 I think the space stuff.. So more research and then I moving again as I found out how it works. I would like to get the diploma and whether it is well received I don't know but I plan to move from my present job to more the programming area of games which is why choose it. realistically I don't believe I will get a job in games coding as the competition is stiff and you need to be on the ball. So I am using this and what I can learn from the c++ for games develop to look at other areas in programming. I think by March 2010 I will hand in my first TMA. UNderstanding the material is imprortant for me as just doing the TMA and not understanding the concept and playing with all the games supplied and testing the differnet options will be what gives the crucial aspect of the different game types.. whcih I am doing so I am probably the oldest and slowest in this forum. In the University of London I do the same as when I write my scripts I break it apart, look at other codes and then try a simple implementation and when it works then do a revision etc as we can't afford to have 8000 students or more to not be abel to access their project work,email,file share etc. I must say I have learned a bit so hopefully I will progress faster...

Jedimonkey
01-11-2010, 02:24 PM
I'm an old fart, just broke in my new Stannah (gonna put a spoiler on it to help speed things up!) mature adult, good looking(according to those in Saga magazine), seeking lady friend to enjoy games of scrabble, long walks (with sticks of course) preferrably she should only have minor replaced limbs, full use of her legs though blurry vision wont be an issue.....oh wait this is MatchMaker.Com for the elderly right?.....

KillMoves
01-13-2010, 02:20 PM
nowt wrong wit the age! total superb ye have interest in gaming and stuff! im only 27 an gaming will always be wit me till im gone! :D

Jedimonkey
01-14-2010, 08:37 AM
I'll die with a controller in my hands...

"Here lieth Jedimonkey, may he rest in peace.
He will be missed, though left our mortal coil
satisfied he reached a glorious level of
Prestige in MW2 "

Riskyjoe
01-30-2010, 11:31 PM
i heard this is where the oldest and the badest games developers hang out if its true id like to join if there is room , im 40 yrs old and was useing the vic 20 3.5k machine..model b bbc ...atari 2400....ive have some home experience in web design and flash anim hopeing to build something special..:woop:

JohnnyBravo
02-01-2010, 09:03 PM
32 in August and my first born son is due at the beginning of April (Spring Babies!) :yay:

Gamer till I die though! so fancied a change and will see if I can get a job/career change out of this course.

bhmediamarty
02-02-2010, 07:29 AM
Yay to all the new old farts adding themselves to the 30+ thread. Welcome to the senior years of T2G. Hope you're all enjoying the course and contributing to this great forum.

MyKitten'saNinja
02-02-2010, 12:43 PM
Welcome new "older" people the more mature are much apprieciated in this wacky little forum of ours probably because we always have an opinion on everything, have no fear to share and have a cookie:tiphat:

F4R15H
02-05-2010, 02:44 AM
I was 30 just last week, I wanted to be in the games industry since school, I even messed around with Basic for a while but it was very basic, kinda forgot about it since then and went on with my life, I got an email a couple of month ago about this course and decided to jump right in.

MyKitten'saNinja
02-05-2010, 12:37 PM
welcome again, cookie for you:D

mike kempson
02-05-2010, 05:41 PM
I am 35 and saw the courses online and thought it was time to jump right in, so here I am, now I'm just waiting for my pack to arrive so I can really get my teeth into it :)

bhmediamarty
04-12-2010, 06:09 AM
Just thought I'd nudge this post back up to today's list, after I'd read comments by people thinking they were possibly too old to be doing this.

Danakin
04-14-2010, 02:52 PM
I'm 32 working as a flash developer for a company that makes educational software :D

Isolde
04-14-2010, 03:33 PM
i'm 40 :shhh:

rabidflea
04-14-2010, 03:53 PM
Im 31 going on 5, although im not a on one of the courses any more :toot::eek:

AaronWren
04-14-2010, 04:35 PM
I'm 30 started the design course about a month ago and loving it.

doghouse
04-20-2010, 02:17 PM
Good to see quite a few 30+ students. You can never be too old to learn and study.

Being in your thirties doesn't make you old, right. Prime-time I say! (at 34, he wonders how long he can keep saying that).

That 'Oil of Olay', utter lies. Does nothing for my skin. *hides*

dodhood
04-20-2010, 02:26 PM
Hey Scimac, 30 this year and been on the course for about 8-9months learning alot constantly being challenged ,i'd recommend it to anyone. I'd like to get some work experience as a tester as that part of the course i feel i need more research on,any advice ??? Many thanks. D

Phill-h
07-13-2010, 11:09 PM
I was 44 back in March & from my view you is all young'ens :o I'm loving this course as it's patched up many holes in my self taught time in the CG world.

Hope ma hips & brain cells hold out .... ;)

bhmediamarty
07-14-2010, 04:16 AM
:yay:

Someone older than me, waaaaaaaaaaaaaayheeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!.

Welcome to the forum and the course Phill-h.

Phill-h
07-15-2010, 02:50 PM
Someone older than me, waaaaaaaaaaaaaayheeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!

Fancy some cocoa ... ? :rock

_Q_
07-15-2010, 08:02 PM
Fancy some cocoa ... ? :rock

Well, sorry to disappoint you all, but think I must be 51 soon...

any more bids ? :D

bhmediamarty
07-15-2010, 08:07 PM
Fancy some cocoa ... ? :rock

Cocoa? Screw that, bring out the hard stuff, where's the horlicks?

Paladin
07-23-2010, 06:55 PM
You're only as old as the lady (or gent) you feel. So that would make me ageless right now. /cry

Alternative timekeeping methods tell me that I'm 36.

baldylocks
07-23-2010, 07:02 PM
I'm 36 and the only experiance of the games world is playing them all my life hope to change that at some point :)

Soul-Grinder
07-24-2010, 09:33 AM
Baldylocks I don't suppose you played a horde hunter on Vashj-EU server (World of Warcraft)?

baldylocks
07-24-2010, 08:51 PM
Baldylocks I don't suppose you played a horde hunter on Vashj-EU server (World of Warcraft)?

Nah wasn`t me,i played (WOW) for a while but got bored of it very quickly i don`t get why everyone raves about it.

Toerag
07-24-2010, 10:01 PM
I am 50 years old and I am taking the designer animation course. Right now I am well into this course and when I complete it I will start the Programing course in order to add that skill to my knowledge base for gaming as well and because I want to learn the programing end of game design as well. I am doing all of this for a second career in my life. I may start my own company or work for a company... that will of course depend on what opportunities I create along the way. I have been in business for myself most of my life so I have experience running a successful company. That may be the path I choose here with gaming... But the reason I chose this profession over many others is not just because I have the artistic talent... but because creating mods and gaming is something I really enjoy doing. Therefore I decided I do not really know how much of my life I have left, but I am going to spend it earning a living doing something I truly enjoy doing and that is being part of a team putting games together. Time to complete the course and pay for it too never really came into my decision making, because if you make your mind up to do something or it is something you really want to do in your life everything else will fall in place, as it has for me. You just have to solve the problem...In life we solve problems just so we can survive in the world...why not solve a problem that allows us to really enjoy surviving, if money and time is all that problem is then it can be easily solved if you are determined. As far as whether Train2Game is the right choice...you first have to decide what you want to do with your life... For me once I made that decision.. Train2Game was the perfect choice and solution.

CheekyChace
07-24-2010, 10:25 PM
33 Manchester, the only experience I have in gaming industry is currently testing WOW beta Cataclysm lol I do have an art background tho :)

jimmybrick
07-25-2010, 05:27 AM
Well I dont like it im 30 next year and ever since i was 15 i have always refused to date anyone older than 30 and that rule has still stuck with me i hate that im getting old (sorry guys)

MrsPuddleduck
09-02-2010, 10:15 PM
Hi, I am 58!! Just passed TMA 1. I am doing the Designer Course as I have already made a game on a board and did not know how to put it on a DVD so that it can be played on a PC etc. I made the game a few years ago and was looking for the right course to do, now I have found it. It is a bit expensive though but hopefully I will make much more than the course fees when my game is on the market. Hope it does not take me too long to complete.

Nightcat
09-03-2010, 04:07 PM
Seen 45 summers and hooked on games for the last 6 years - prior to that the health and safety nazis didn't think my illness was "dangerous" to work collegues:( Started on the A & A course about a month ago and loving it! Hopefully I will be able to use my new skills in the games market. Though am looking at taking either one or both of the other courses from T2g so I will have the full suite of skills to offer an employer (even if that employer is me!)

Tipple of choice: Coffee

eric_moose
09-04-2010, 11:42 AM
Cocoa? Screw that, bring out the hard stuff, where's the horlicks?

And IL take a malted milk biscuit with that thank you very much * slips on zip up slippers and reaches for zimmer frame *

eric_moose
09-04-2010, 11:43 AM
Well I dont like it im 30 next year and ever since i was 15 i have always refused to date anyone older than 30 and that rule has still stuck with me i hate that im getting old (sorry guys)

* note to self dont ask jimmy out * lol

Dangerous Dave
09-04-2010, 04:52 PM
yup i'm 32 and trying to better myself as my current job sucks (well you know) !

Claud10
09-08-2010, 03:07 PM
:clap:Excellent thread! Particularly as I am also one of the many 36ers on here and have embarked upon the game designer course after a massive career re-evaluation!! Just completed TMA 22 and enjoying the material immensely. Onwards and upwards...

Davywavy
09-08-2010, 03:25 PM
I think I'm somewhat closer to dead than most of you, I'm 41 now :o(

MyKitten'saNinja
09-08-2010, 03:30 PM
but Davy, you're not a student and anyway Marty is pretty close to you

Davywavy
09-08-2010, 03:51 PM
Well true and true.
Your always a student. The games industry works in a way that there is always a requirement to lean something, and its way to arrogant to think you know everything.
At the moment I'm teaching myself C# and CSS, I'm doing course in man management (similar to ILM level 5) and reading several books on various business subjects.

Smoothnshiny
09-08-2010, 04:12 PM
I'm not too far off you either dave, 39 at the end of the month.

Perhaphs this thread should be re-named the 'mid-life crisis' thread, lol.

sturmhalo
09-09-2010, 09:21 AM
I'm a 33 year old boy LOL

Claud10
09-09-2010, 09:55 AM
I'm not too far off you either dave, 39 at the end of the month.

Perhaphs this thread should be re-named the 'mid-life crisis' thread, lol.

Agreed! :toot:

FeetheGiraffe
09-09-2010, 10:48 AM
Nice to see I'm a baby compaired to some of you :p... 37 years young and going grey around the puzzle peices lol... dam wheres that fur dye?

Aln
09-11-2010, 08:15 PM
Hi all. I'm 40 , been playing games since the zx81 lol. I decided to do the Designer course. Time to put my brain to use and make games that rock, since the industry of late have come out with some complete pap. The future is bright, the future is ....um.....where's my kimode ?

bhmediamarty
09-24-2010, 07:42 AM
At last, FATE has finally descended upon us and it's now time that he adds his name to the almighty list that is the 30 plus students.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY
FATE FIRST!!!!!
30 TODAY

(and any minute past the moment you were born makes you a 30+)

:toot::yay::clap::woop:

Smoothnshiny
09-24-2010, 08:44 AM
At last, FATE has finally descended upon us and it's now time that he adds his name to the almighty list that is the 30 plus students.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY
FATE FIRST!!!!!
30 TODAY

(and any minute past the moment you were born makes you a 30+)

:toot::yay::clap::woop:


Happy birthday fate!, welcome to the thread, lol.

@ Marty - Sig's looking nice and fresh mate.

FateFirst
09-24-2010, 09:21 AM
Sorry guys!

I would have posted here earlier but my eyesight isn't great suddenly and I couldn't find my walking frame to help me get over to the computer desk...

:p

MyKitten'saNinja
09-24-2010, 04:44 PM
;):DLol happy Birthday Fatey congratulation on joining the old farts club

FateFirst
09-26-2010, 08:34 PM
http://www.liamnorth.co.uk/cake.jpg

Anyone for a slice of RoCake? :p

gnipper
09-26-2010, 08:35 PM
http://www.liamnorth.co.uk/cake.jpg

Anyone for a slice of RoCake? :p

Holy. Crapoly.

AWESOME.

IndigoWhite
09-26-2010, 08:38 PM
Amazing, simply amazing.

FateFirst
09-26-2010, 08:52 PM
Didn't get a bloody combo though :(

bhmediamarty
09-26-2010, 11:13 PM
http://www.liamnorth.co.uk/cake.jpg

Anyone for a slice of RoCake? :p

That is frakkin awesome mate. How long did it take them to do that?

I also notice it's from an earlier release of RoChain as it's still got the corner bug. Still, bet it tasted great. :) Brilliant job.

Ashitaka
09-26-2010, 11:15 PM
best cake evar!

Congrats :D

FeetheGiraffe
09-27-2010, 04:27 PM
OMG I can't belive I missed this thread and the party :( HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY Fatey xxx (Sorry its a tad late) .... did ya save me some cake?

Benito
09-29-2010, 09:54 PM
I'm with the giraffe!!! can't believe i missed the cake and Happy Birthday Fatey, hope you had a good time!!

3 years and i'll be in this club - thats a very scary thought to be 30 - dont feel old enough to be in my 20's sometimes!!!!

gamble
09-30-2010, 12:14 PM
this may sound funny but r u the scimac from TGSN ????? if so im in the 30+bracket and we used to game together on xbox, Ghost Recon Advanced warfighter ?

if not then im still in the 30+ bracket

Discodynamo
10-05-2010, 11:29 AM
Be 40 before this years out ,threw school in the bin some time back in 1985ish.
Now im trying pick it up again ,i wish it was easy as picking up a cold pint of beer :-)
The thought of having to sell myself to the games industry at my age and start a new career (instead of moving from deadend job to deadend job) is terrifying and yet exiting.
Every time i feel like quiting i just think to my self next job is at Tescos or Mc Donalds.

ladypiru
10-18-2010, 10:38 PM
I'm 34, no previous experiance in the industry. Been out of work 3 n a half years due to leg injuries, chronic pain(8 car accidents).. The course is challenging at times but getting lost in the coursework helps to distract me from the pain. Hopefully I'll be able to find a position somewhere.

CheekyChace
10-18-2010, 10:47 PM
33 here studying arts and animation and loving it :)

scumyjack
10-23-2010, 07:33 PM
I am 32 and dont feal to late.

Liz
11-01-2010, 04:59 PM
Hi there everyone. I discovered the site and course last week after following a link on Eurogamer and I was just wondering if there are any students on the course that are in the 30+ age bracket.

I'm 31 and I currently work as a Functionality QA Tester for a games developer/publisher however currently don't offer any training or development opportunities related to learning game programming. I was studying Games Software Development at university on a full time basis however I found it difficult to both study and work on a full time basis. Due to financial obligations the degree had to end. I'm now at a point where I am trying to work out what would be my best option to move forward in my career.

I like what I have read regarding the Train2Game developer course but I need to be confident that this is the right choice.

I am *coughs* older than 30 and I am self employed earning a full time income within the online game industry.
I am not looking for an employer or at least that was not my motivation to take the course.
I wanted to gain 3D experience and get a better understanding of the games industry in general for my own business development.
There are a few "mature students" here some come from no background in games at all, others have already been down the University route and achieved qualifications so as you can see there are many reasons why people joined T2G.
It's a great company run by highly experienced and seasoned game developers and companies.
Hope that answers your questions :)

Fuzz1304
11-01-2010, 05:54 PM
Im 35, been a self employed gas engineer for 20 years too long,lol. Hoping to change career after finishing the course.

Phoenixgal
11-19-2010, 04:40 PM
Guess I can join the club now that I'm officially old :p

bhmediamarty
11-19-2010, 06:20 PM
Guess I can join the club now that I'm officially old :p

Welcome to the club you old fart!

Phoenixgal
11-19-2010, 07:14 PM
lol thanks Marty :cool:

73StevieG
12-04-2010, 10:12 AM
I'm 37. no experience in the industry, unless you count playing games for the last 25 years.
my biggest problem I'm easily distracted, and my hand writing is a mess. So school was not on my to do list. To be truthful I'm not a very good front end user on my PC hope i can bungle my way through this course, starting lesson 27 after just doing some portfolio work

bhmediamarty
12-04-2010, 12:59 PM
lol thanks Marty :cool:

Not a problem :tiphat:


I'm 37. no experience in the industry, unless you count playing games for the last 25 years.
my biggest problem I'm easily distracted, and my hand writing is a mess. So school was not on my to do list. To be truthful I'm not a very good front end user on my PC hope i can bungle my way through this course, starting lesson 27 after just doing some portfolio work

Dang, two years younger than me, still, an old fart is an old fart and that's good enough for me :tiphat: welcome to the club.

73StevieG
12-04-2010, 03:17 PM
i really do feel like an old fart this week, pulled my back picking a pair of pants of the floor in a changing room. can just about walk (look like an old fart trying to get out of a chair)

Khalek
12-21-2010, 10:14 AM
I'm 30 and feel I'm much better able to learn now compared to ten or even five years ago, and I'm much better organised.
I do, however, miss having much free time thanks to my crappy job (valued contributor to society apparently). But I don't fancy going back to my student days and living off of Lidl's 9p beans again...

Khalek
12-21-2010, 10:19 AM
I was feeling hungry, but now my stomach has turned a bit...

Vampire Duck
02-10-2011, 08:18 AM
yesterday i got so old
i felt like i could die
yesterday i got so old
it made me want to cry
go on go on
just walk away
go on go on
your choice is made
go on go on
and disappear
go on go on
away from here


Nice and melodramatic?

FHU130-GD
02-10-2011, 08:44 AM
Glad to know I'm not the only old fart.

38 at the start of this year.

Someone buddied me a couple of days ago and when I checked her profile I realized I was old enough to be her Dad.

Khalek
02-10-2011, 06:06 PM
you pervert.

surinder825
04-13-2011, 03:14 PM
am 40 in July :)

just started on the t2g programme in feb.

_PJ_
04-13-2011, 04:16 PM
I'm 34. Started the Games Developer course in 2010.
My only gripe is that things don't stick in my memory so well as they used to ;) I need to keep notes handy and go back to them regularly!

Ashm
11-28-2011, 09:54 AM
I'm 33, been on the Games Development course for about a couple of months now.

vampiredavegrohl
05-08-2013, 09:54 PM
I turned 30 this year. After crying in a corner for a while I realised that my 7 years spent banging my head against the wall NEXT TO the career ladder in Law was not going to improve. Work is killing me with tedium and I am hoping to jump ship into the games industry, hence the Designer course! Only just this very moment started. Page 1. It all seems daunting.

Varsh
05-08-2013, 10:05 PM
That's why we're all here to help (Perfect Blue is one of my favourite films btw ;)). If you get stuck on anything on the Designer course then just ask one of us. :)

I'm 31 myself and will be 32 in November so there's certainly not a shortage of us in our 30's.

vampiredavegrohl
05-08-2013, 10:27 PM
Phew! There's always the concern that the new path will be full of the young-un's cluttering up the place with their starry eyes and cool hair and......actually I'm too young to rant like this.

Perfect Blue is such a good film, isn't it? Loved it for years and years. I've stuck with Mima as an Avatar for many years now.

I'm hoping to network a bit and get friendly with some like minded souls, but in lieu of that I need to get my head down and actually start proper. The garden needs clearing first so my nephews don't fall into some bracken, so it may be a few days....

BigDaleBear
05-09-2013, 05:21 AM
36 im on the AA course nearly completed it too, also mate you live on my door step,to be honest we probably drink the same water.

vampiredavegrohl
05-09-2013, 08:46 AM
As long as it isn't at the same time. Where abouts are you?

MuirDragonne
05-09-2013, 03:14 PM
I'm 36 in a few months myself and live not too far from Manchester, though I'm closer to Liverpool. :)

philuk75
05-18-2013, 08:19 PM
Im 38 and just signed up for the QA course and nervous as hell lol

gorbash
05-21-2013, 09:35 PM
Hi all

yus im an oldy

turning 50 this year

artist & animator course just submitted tma 5

Focusedpain
05-29-2013, 06:07 PM
I'm 33.5 and currently based in France where I am spending my days studying and trying to make ends meet. I've been on the course for 3 years (already had 1 extension...) as i've been trying to study and complete portfolio projects while also running camping sites (usually without wifi!) I have only just started using the forum though as I really want to meet other folk in order to get some real world projects under my belt. I find it reassuring though that there are other people doing the course like myself who need to work as well as study. Hope everyone is awesome, keep up the good work :)

Train2Game: Game Design Course Part 3
Dare 2B Digital: Bafta nominated artist 2004

Martinp123
05-30-2013, 10:54 AM
Im pretty sure there is a guy on here that is 60 or so. I cant remember his name but yea i believe there is quite alot of people 30+.

Paladin
05-30-2013, 11:00 AM
I obviously don't have the numbers on such things, but I would guestimate that the split of under 30's to over 30's is around 50/50 or there abouts. I turned 39 at the beginning of this month.

adam6785
05-30-2013, 07:23 PM
I'm 27 and have no reason to post in this thread other than to make you all feel old ;)

Paladin
05-30-2013, 08:04 PM
People over 30 don't feel insecure about their age. :)

adam6785
05-30-2013, 08:07 PM
People over 30 don't feel insecure about their age. :)

I bet you do.....Maybe just a little :p

RFBadFish
05-31-2013, 08:23 AM
I bet you do.....Maybe just a little :p

Or maybe it's you that is feeling a little insecure about almost being 30.............. ? :)

I'll be 30 next year. Honestly, the only thing I'm worried about with it is what to do to celebrate the milestone.

When I first joined the course, I was apprehensive that I was going to be getting into the industry too late due to my age, but after meeting people at game jams and working with others, I've found that the elders of us can bring a lot to the table and people already in the industry do realise this.

I wish I knew half of what I do now 10-15 years ago. Age should be embraced not feared.

Focusedpain
05-31-2013, 09:49 AM
An old rooster and a young rooster are on a hill overlooking a field of hens, the young rooster says to the old rooster "I`m going to run down there and have fun with one of those hens!" and off he runs, the old rooster gets up slowly and says "I`m going to WALK down there and fun with ALL of those hens"

DaveVerney
08-19-2013, 12:29 PM
I'm older than all of you. I'm 37 and it's no good saying that you're as old as the woman you feel cos she's nearly 40!!!

Kittpie
08-27-2013, 11:34 AM
I'm 33 and on the Games Design course, been struggling between working, finding work and studying T2G.

Ctrlaltdeny
08-28-2013, 04:47 PM
I'm 33 and working and studying this course, it's never too late when it comes to exercising the mind and exploring your imagination :)

cubusaddendum
09-03-2013, 09:03 AM
Think of it this way:

What you need in to get a job in the games industry is experience cutting game code and a show reel to prove it. Game studios have little trust of diplomas, T2G or otherwise, and will almost certainly make you do a written test before or on the day of the interview. They have to do this because the quality of graduates from even well known universities is extremely variable these days (as exemplified a few weeks ago when the director of a studio told me that he had recently interviewed a 1st class honors graduate who did not know what a dot-product was).

I'm 38, and have been cutting code professionally for 15 years. I am here because I was self-studying game coding anyway and recognised that the best way to stay on track is to have something to work towards. I will probably opt for the portfolio necessary for the C&G Level 7 diploma, as this is recognized by immigration in other countries (e.g. Canada).

The course material is a bit crap in places (or at least, wildly out of date), but I don't feel it's a waste of time at all because it has given me focus, improved my coding chops and got me exposure to game technology in a very practical way. And you get to meet and collaborate with these lovely people.

BTW: I start my new job at a games studio from October, so irrespective of how far I'm in the T2G developer course, it's worked its magic.

whisper1977
09-09-2013, 09:42 PM
I am 36 in October been on the course for a smidge over a year was on the developer course but was unable to really get to grips with it so moved onto the designer course and a lot happier now, also able to work on this a lot more as i was made unemployed a little while ago so can fully concentrate on this now. Yey for silver linings in bad situations

MuirDragonne
09-10-2013, 07:57 AM
I turned 36 just a month ago (August) and have been on the developer course for about a year.

Like you, Whisper, I'm finding it quite challenging, but as I'm picking it up (after practising all summer) I'm sticking with it. Currently I'm working on a game idea of my own and after working on the GDD and game flow documents for the better part of a month, I can safely say that I am NOT a game designer! :P Or at least, not a very good one.

Voltan
09-10-2013, 08:02 AM
Well time to announce that I'm 50 at the moment and I'll be 51 by the end of the year.

Know I've seen some higher ages in this thread, but they seemed to be nearer the start of the thread. So am I the "granddad" of the students at the moment?

MuirDragonne
09-10-2013, 08:49 AM
Maybe the "Uncle"? :)

mrains2k
09-10-2013, 10:07 AM
Maybe 'special uncle' :D

/markR

Paladin
09-10-2013, 10:52 AM
Ewww. (10)

Iggology
09-10-2013, 02:22 PM
you'r not alone , 46 here and doing the Art and animation course , only profesional experiance was doing postal games Gm work a long time ago , would love to get a job but time will tell . So far i like the course , dont rely just on the course work , you tube , books - mags any outside extra info will help and expand knowledge.

mrains2k
09-10-2013, 03:41 PM
Ive found from reading the forums, and just form general knowledge of education - that it is allways best to do a bit of extra curricular research and learning. Especially nowadays, there's not a lot that youtube doesn't have some sort of tutorial on.

/MarkR

xcraziebirdx
09-10-2013, 08:59 PM
:D:yay: I've just started the designer course and I just turned 32 and female, don't think it matters how old you are, yet still nice to hear that im not the only one in this bracket lol,

/Sarah

Ctrlaltdeny
09-10-2013, 10:59 PM
Reading this thread certainly makes me feel better about only being 33, honestly thought I was too late to chase this childhood dream of working in the games industry, so thanks all you old timers :)

mrains2k
09-11-2013, 01:05 PM
Your never too old to do anything - except for maybe some of the rides at alton towers :(

/MarkR

DaveVerney
12-03-2013, 01:17 PM
I'm 38 next month so I'm old enough to be the Dad of some of the younger students.

RichardS
12-03-2013, 01:32 PM
31 m




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RichFan
12-03-2013, 08:58 PM
Just make sure when the advisor comes and sees you that they don't pressurise you into signing up right away. A lot of the students have felt pressurised and felt they should have had the opportunity to decide at a later stage ... no matter what the advisor says, you can take as long as you want to make a decision and if unsure then rather wait a while and see what happens.

The current students (myself included) are kind of like the Guinea Pigs at the moment ... and there is no telling what may happen.

There are NO reserved positions and the advisor doesn't need a decision right away ... make the choice for yourself ... that way you can't blame anyone else later on (trust me we have had a fair few of those on these forums). :)

Good luck.

Yeah the sale pitch is deffinately something T2G needs to look at if they want to claim any kind of credibility back ... I was told I was the best candidate he saw ... All I did was answer some really basic questions one of them I remember was 'how many different blocks are there in Tetris' ... Should have raised alarm bells at that point really :o

Wish I kept the text messages on my phone from the sales rep I was deffinately made to feel there was a limited time to sign up

GunnerJnr
12-04-2013, 12:03 AM
29 and on the game Dev course, lol we should start an old fogey group hahaa, nice to meet you