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    Uni doesn't matter if you are going into a relatively new industry. Games development isn't going to have the hang ups that a stuffy law firm does. Most important is getting a good industrial placement and making a few contacts.

    Portsmouth is a bit of a dump but uni is what you make of it.
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    That is not my point.

    If you're going to spend three years of your life/40k on a degree then it should be sellable outside your narrow field of interest. This applies for most areas of work, not just law.

    Don't make the mistake that many people make of going to a poor uni, especially as a mature student - you should maximise your options, not limit them.

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    Small update on the Uni thing

    Turns out I meet the UCAS requirements (somehow, don't ask) and Channel Islands students almost always get accepted because our tuition is subsidized (tfw eligible for 100% student grant, thanks I guess)

    How do people feel about Portsmouth? A bunch of people I know say the Uni there was great and there are a load of relevant work experience places, and it's a reasonably short ferry ride home for holidays

    Haven't applied yet obviously but for the course I want to do: http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/comput...es-technology/ or something similar I'm still shopping around
    If you're going to do it i'd pick a stronger uni in terms of its general reputation. You may not be doing it for your cv i think it's very important you view it through that lens.
    I went to Portsmouth uni and tend to agree. Unless you really like rowing or sailing boats in your free time, then it's awesome.
    I could probably get into sailing again, like I said I'm still shopping about and used portsmouth because a mate of mine is there currently

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    Quote Originally Posted by XenosisMk4 View Post
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    Small update on the Uni thing

    Turns out I meet the UCAS requirements (somehow, don't ask) and Channel Islands students almost always get accepted because our tuition is subsidized (tfw eligible for 100% student grant, thanks I guess)

    How do people feel about Portsmouth? A bunch of people I know say the Uni there was great and there are a load of relevant work experience places, and it's a reasonably short ferry ride home for holidays

    Haven't applied yet obviously but for the course I want to do: http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/comput...es-technology/ or something similar I'm still shopping around
    If you're going to do it i'd pick a stronger uni in terms of its general reputation. You may not be doing it for your cv i think it's very important you view it through that lens.
    I went to Portsmouth uni and tend to agree. Unless you really like rowing or sailing boats in your free time, then it's awesome.
    I could probably get into sailing again, like I said I'm still shopping about and used portsmouth because a mate of mine is there currently
    As a mature student you could take your time getting some pretty great a-levels and resultantly go somewhere very good - i'd aim high if you're serious about it tbh

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    Small update on the Uni thing

    Turns out I meet the UCAS requirements (somehow, don't ask) and Channel Islands students almost always get accepted because our tuition is subsidized (tfw eligible for 100% student grant, thanks I guess)

    How do people feel about Portsmouth? A bunch of people I know say the Uni there was great and there are a load of relevant work experience places, and it's a reasonably short ferry ride home for holidays

    Haven't applied yet obviously but for the course I want to do: http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/comput...es-technology/ or something similar I'm still shopping around
    If you're going to do it i'd pick a stronger uni in terms of its general reputation. You may not be doing it for your cv i think it's very important you view it through that lens.
    I went to Portsmouth uni and tend to agree. Unless you really like rowing or sailing boats in your free time, then it's awesome.
    I could probably get into sailing again, like I said I'm still shopping about and used portsmouth because a mate of mine is there currently
    As a mature student you could take your time getting some pretty great a-levels and resultantly go somewhere very good - i'd aim high if you're serious about it tbh
    Fair, at this point in my life I don't want to end up getting a degree for the sake of it and it not actually being useful for anything, so that's a pretty good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keckers View Post
    Uni doesn't matter if you are going into a relatively new industry. Games development isn't going to have the hang ups that a stuffy law firm does. Most important is getting a good industrial placement and making a few contacts.

    Portsmouth is a bit of a dump but uni is what you make of it.
    Even in the IT industry the uni choice matters a bit. We're pretty selective of where we take on students from, but mostly because we're a Microsoft based dev shop and almost all unis seemed to do java as their language of choice (at least when I last looked a few years ago).

    I'm sure plenty of unis will have a wide range of societies and social groups to join, a friend went to Hull 2 years ago (maybe 3) and joined a bunch to keep himself busy. He still thinks it's weird at times being 30+ with lots of 18-21 year old around but some of them aren't bad.

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    One thing, isn't Portsmouth geographically the closest English uni to Jersey? You have a free choice judging by your comment on subsidized tuition. Use that and see something different. I personally would also look at options abroad, like Germany (tuition free, low cost but high standard of living) or a Scandinavian country. US unis still offer tons of prestige but are expensive.
    Either way, shop around. I'm fairly certain we can provide a first or second hand opinion on just about any uni in the countries mentioned.

    @Jolin: get help. I should too btw....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
    One thing, isn't Portsmouth geographically the closest English uni to Jersey? You have a free choice judging by your comment on subsidized tuition. Use that and see something different. I personally would also look at options abroad, like Germany (tuition free, low cost but high standard of living) or a Scandinavian country. US unis still offer tons of prestige but are expensive.
    Either way, shop around. I'm fairly certain we can provide a first or second hand opinion on just about any uni in the countries mentioned.

    @Jolin: get help. I should too btw....

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    I think being out of Jersey will be enough of a culture shock for me without adding "wtf is everyone saying" to the mix

    (yeah I know that most places are really good with English anyway)

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    Quote Originally Posted by XenosisMk4 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
    One thing, isn't Portsmouth geographically the closest English uni to Jersey? You have a free choice judging by your comment on subsidized tuition. Use that and see something different. I personally would also look at options abroad, like Germany (tuition free, low cost but high standard of living) or a Scandinavian country. US unis still offer tons of prestige but are expensive.
    Either way, shop around. I'm fairly certain we can provide a first or second hand opinion on just about any uni in the countries mentioned.

    @Jolin: get help. I should too btw....

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    I think being out of Jersey will be enough of a culture shock for me without adding "wtf is everyone saying" to the mix

    (yeah I know that most places are really good with English anyway)
    Go hard on the culture shock man. It's good for you.

    Germany is pretty good for that as mentioned before. Everyone speaks English anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isyel View Post
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    One thing, isn't Portsmouth geographically the closest English uni to Jersey? You have a free choice judging by your comment on subsidized tuition. Use that and see something different. I personally would also look at options abroad, like Germany (tuition free, low cost but high standard of living) or a Scandinavian country. US unis still offer tons of prestige but are expensive.
    Either way, shop around. I'm fairly certain we can provide a first or second hand opinion on just about any uni in the countries mentioned.

    @Jolin: get help. I should too btw....

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    I think being out of Jersey will be enough of a culture shock for me without adding "wtf is everyone saying" to the mix

    (yeah I know that most places are really good with English anyway)
    Go hard on the culture shock man. It's good for you.

    Germany is pretty good for that as mentioned before. Everyone speaks English anyway.

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    probs better english than most the english you'll meet in portsmouth.

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    Just to fucking combo break the love in of positivity as a cautionary tale, i went back to uni as a maturer mid 20s person to get my life back on track. Had a massive wave of anxiety and depression, totally failed for 2 years and ended up in a mental hospital. No degree, two sets of Uni debt and no decent life prospects forever more. So its not all sunshine and rainbows.

    I mean isuppose ive got some tales from the hospital ward to pass over a beer or 2 but was it worth it?



    Not every case is worse case though. Go for it!

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    duckslayer i fucking luv ya fam
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    Big ups to you xeno to taking the initiative to get out there, I think this will be a hugely positive move for you. However without trying to dissuade you, I would caution you against setting your sights on game design right out of the gate. It is a highly competitive field, the hours are bonkers and the pay isn't great. Unless game design is a great passion for you already, that you have been working on homebrew games or mods etc, you should focus on getting your core curriculum out of the way and really ask your self what about game design actually appeals to you? Is it the design? The coding? The story telling? Find out what drives you and focus on that, because it will result in a more refined skill set and open up significantly more avenues for you to pursue as well as keeping game design as an option if that is truly what you want to do.

    Again I don't say this to dissuade you from doing it, but as someone who was truly convinced that game design was going to be my future; but soon realized that my passion is actually designing and creating things which lead down a different path with greater, more varied, and more lucrative opportunities. You're just starting your journey so there is no need to box yourself into any particular path until you know which way you want to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56k Lagman View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56k Lagman View Post
    drink some piss boys
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    Quote Originally Posted by XenosisMk4 View Post
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    Small update on the Uni thing

    Turns out I meet the UCAS requirements (somehow, don't ask) and Channel Islands students almost always get accepted because our tuition is subsidized (tfw eligible for 100% student grant, thanks I guess)

    How do people feel about Portsmouth? A bunch of people I know say the Uni there was great and there are a load of relevant work experience places, and it's a reasonably short ferry ride home for holidays

    Haven't applied yet obviously but for the course I want to do: http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/comput...es-technology/ or something similar I'm still shopping around
    If you're going to do it i'd pick a stronger uni in terms of its general reputation. You may not be doing it for your cv i think it's very important you view it through that lens.
    I went to Portsmouth uni and tend to agree. Unless you really like rowing or sailing boats in your free time, then it's awesome.
    I could probably get into sailing again, like I said I'm still shopping about and used portsmouth because a mate of mine is there currently
    As a mature student you could take your time getting some pretty great a-levels and resultantly go somewhere very good - i'd aim high if you're serious about it tbh
    Fair, at this point in my life I don't want to end up getting a degree for the sake of it and it not actually being useful for anything, so that's a pretty good idea
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    I for one am schocked at this new xenosis and i hope the best for him.

    Portsmouth is the Stag/hen house of the South i was told the two times i was there. Never seen so many skanks on one evening ever, and im from Holland.

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    Ow wait im thinking of Bournemouth....whatever i was drunk as fuck the first time with Eve ppl and the other times were work related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight Hustlin View Post
    Big ups to you xeno to taking the initiative to get out there, I think this will be a hugely positive move for you. However without trying to dissuade you, I would caution you against setting your sights on game design right out of the gate. It is a highly competitive field, the hours are bonkers and the pay isn't great. Unless game design is a great passion for you already, that you have been working on homebrew games or mods etc, you should focus on getting your core curriculum out of the way and really ask your self what about game design actually appeals to you? Is it the design? The coding? The story telling? Find out what drives you and focus on that, because it will result in a more refined skill set and open up significantly more avenues for you to pursue as well as keeping game design as an option if that is truly what you want to do.

    Again I don't say this to dissuade you from doing it, but as someone who was truly convinced that game design was going to be my future; but soon realized that my passion is actually designing and creating things which lead down a different path with greater, more varied, and more lucrative opportunities. You're just starting your journey so there is no need to box yourself into any particular path until you know which way you want to go.
    This. I also did something similar in job terms and quickly realised it was a mistake.
    The games industry as a whole has a terrible rep for hours/pay/job security and it's mostly justified. Yes there are some exceptions, but on the whole it's a harder work for less reward compared to similar positions in more "boring" sectors of development.

    So definitely have a good long think about why you want to get into games development. If it's because you really want to work on games then great, go for it.
    However if it's mainly because you like playing games and this seems like a related thing, give it a wide berth and do something more boring. Odds are you'll end up having more free time and money to spend playing games that way...

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