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    thought this was cool.

    DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- David Najjab is an educator with an unusual problem: He's trying to lure students who are serious about making a career out of fun and games.

    As director of the new school of video game making at Southern Methodist University, Najjab plans to attract students by using some of the area's game luminaries -- including members of id Software Inc., maker of the famed "Doom" and "Quake" games -- as teachers and speakers.

    But he has plenty of competition from schools around the country.

    Formal game education remains a relatively untapped area, but the emergence of video game schools makes sense in the 30-year-old industry, said Jason Della Roca, director of the International Game Developers Association.

    Gaming's traditional training ground, a mentoring system where the self-taught pass on knowledge to like-minded tech-savvy gamers, is no longer enough given the myriad of skills needed to create a modern game, Roca said.

    Many talents required
    Jay Horwitz, industry analyst with Jupiter Research in New York, said making games requires many talents, from art and music to math, computer science and physics. Pulling these disciplines together is increasingly common as the industry matures into a mainstream form of entertainment, Horwitz said.

    "It's still a pretty immature media, but a discipline for actual game development is starting to make sense," he said. "Today you have a very rich environment."

    Southern Methodist University's new Guildhall school of video game making is an 18-month, $37,000 program that will offer specializations in art creation, level design and software development. Classes begin in July.

    Nationally, there are several well-established programs, including the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington, and Full Sail in Orlando, Florida.

    Even traditional schools such as MIT and the University of Michigan have incorporated game-specific classes and programs into existing curriculum.

    Where the jobs are
    The games industry employs about 30,000 in the United States, and demand is expected to grow by about 15 percent, or 5,000 jobs, a year, Najjab said. Salaries vary from $49,000 for designers with a few years' experience to $300,000 for veterans.

    Several companies are in the Dallas area, including Ensemble Studios, Monkeystone Games, Ritual Entertainment and Terminal Reality.

    Richard Gray, a level designer at Ritual who is known in gaming circles as Levelord, will be teaching at Guildhall.

    "Game designing is indeed a dream-job-come-true for me and my contemporaries, but that is because we all share the passion," Gray said. "We come into work in T-shirts and jeans. We work long and weird hours but rarely use an alarm clock. ... And most of all, we get to make games for a living."
    "so many books, so little time"

  • #2
    Wow, something finally that means less that a Liberal Arts Degree.


    • #3
      For the most part, I would have argued against this... however.. I have recently seen the teaser video footage of Half Life 2 and am completely blown away by the amount of thought and energy put into their engine. From physics to psychology, and amazing AI, just puts a new perspective on it.
      if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.


      • #4
        this is same technolgy that is going to power your refrigerator and let you know you are out of mustard. and call the precrime unit to let them know you just fired up a fatty in your front room; oh wait they are already at the door.


        • #5
          man that was random
          ~~Your right im confused...I am Scared your right but you know i just....i think your the fucking antichrist~~


          • #6
            thats just to funny. i know what i am goin to go to college for "first person shooters"


            • #7
              You should check out They look decent and I've been talking to them recently. University of Advancing Technology... they have online course as well.


              • #8
                I want to go to the University of Defcon, Alexis Park! UDAP!


                • #9
                  Professor Grifter at your service.
                  .: Grifter :.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by russ
                    You should check out They look decent and I've been talking to them recently. University of Advancing Technology... they have online course as well.
                    Are they accredited?
                    .: Grifter :.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grifter
                      Are they accredited?
                      Yes, they are accredited. Look here:


                      • #12
                        Hrm, nice. I may have to check that out.
                        .: Grifter :.


                        • #13
                          I actually attended UAT back when they were The University of Advancing Computer Technology. They dropped computer from their name, but it's still a great school. I can't say much for their gaming degree though.
                          "If you love someone, set them free. If they come home, set them on fire." -George Carlin