I've finished Year 12 and the HSC this year so now as a result I'm looking into what to do next.
I sought of have 2 available options:
1. Spend 3-4 hours a day travelling from Narwee to Hornsby TAFE for 2 years, and come out with a Diploma in Software Development (Games) then go to UTS for another 2 years and get a Bachelor of Science (Games)
2. Go to UTS or Sydney Uni and do a 'generic' computers course
The travelling is the big issue for the TAFE option BUT it'll allow me to do what I love rather than wasting 4 years doing a course I'll probably care very little about. Sure I'll probably go well and get high marks but I won't enjoy it. Business computing and programming just doesn't interest me, that's why I want to get into game development.
I have a good enough UAI to be able to do whatever UTS course I could want, including Computer Engineering or Software Engineering so an option like that is tempting, especially considering the transport issue is solved easily (There's trains straight from where I live to right outside UTS while Hornsby is a bus and a train, or 2 trains)
I guess the 3 big questions are:
1. What would employees prefer? A generic computers Bachelor or a games one?
2. Would Uni drive me nuts with their seemingly business and theoretical courses? Or is it not as bad as what I think? TAFE looks fun because it's hands on, which I have found is the best way to learn.
3. Could I skip both options entirely and go straight into a company? I already experiment with advanced techniques such as Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms (My current AI project uses these to facilitate weapon choice, movement, and decision making), and I've worked on numerous projects ranging from mods up to entire games. The fact that I do know a reasonable amount already could make Uni or TAFE unnecessary BUT going to them I'd get 'the papers', which could be useful. The papers could also be good because unfortunately I have very little 'real' work experience.
I'm VERY passionate about my work - I've spent LOTS of time coding working on new AI techniques, games and other projects just because I like doing it. My dream is to allow developers to give people who play offline a gameplay experience comparable to what you'd experience online through the use of powerful AI technology. I'm also interested in coding new, fun and innovative games.
So... Where to next? Is there a company out there that needs some crazy AI coded up? Or should I go to TAFE or Uni and continue my education?