Video Game Development! There's alot I'm wondering about....

I've always loved videogames, why else would I be on this site right?
 
And for as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a part of making them., but I will admit that I don't know a whole lot about it. It's a pretty wide field to work in with a lot of different jobs. I don't want to sound  naïve, I know it's hard work but I have no idea on how to get started. I want to be a programmer but I don't really know what I can do
 
So can I get some help and tips from people in the community, I'm currently in school with a focus on computer programming but it hasn't even come close to bringing up games yet.  So are there any sites or programmes or anything I could look at? I'm 17 years old btw and I would love to get started with all of this now
 
Sorry if I wrote a crappy blog, wrote it in kind of a hurry

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I've always loved videogames, why else would I be on this site right?
 
And for as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a part of making them., but I will admit that I don't know a whole lot about it. It's a pretty wide field to work in with a lot of different jobs. I don't want to sound  naïve, I know it's hard work but I have no idea on how to get started. I want to be a programmer but I don't really know what I can do
 
So can I get some help and tips from people in the community, I'm currently in school with a focus on computer programming but it hasn't even come close to bringing up games yet.  So are there any sites or programmes or anything I could look at? I'm 17 years old btw and I would love to get started with all of this now
 
Sorry if I wrote a crappy blog, wrote it in kind of a hurry

Posted by gakon

There was a good thread on this subject a while back.  There's some good stuff in here.  Unfortunately I can't give you much advice myself as my only programming knowledge lies in PHP, which has no application in video games (except maybe large browser-based games).  Game Maker or Microsoft's XNA program might be good places to start.

Posted by ShadowVirus

I'm studying Software Development at the moment in college, we've touched a bit on C# and used some game creating programs such as Platinum Arts Sandbox, it's a free program to download, just search for it on Google, that's a pretty cool app to use. i've also made a few small games using Flash which uses actionscript. 
 
I guess that's all I can do to help, but that thread gakon posted has much more than what I've got to offer.

Posted by Venatio
@ShadowVirus said:
" I'm studying Software Development at the moment in college, we've touched a bit on C# and used some game creating programs such as Platinum Arts Sandbox, it's a free program to download, just search for it on Google, that's a pretty cool app to use. i've also made a few small games using Flash which uses actionscript.  I guess that's all I can do to help, but that thread gakon posted has much more than what I've got to offer. "
We're working alot with C# in school right now, well it's the only thing we do at the moment but I suspect it doesn't have alot to do with games
 
I think we're gonna do stuff with the XNA development tools soon though
Posted by tourgen

Competition is high, pay is low, and the hours are LONG.  Just what I've heard though.
 
If you want to make games there isn't anything stopping you from doing it right now.  Even if it's just a simple text adventure game, just make something.  If your coding is up to it yet start with a HalfLIfe mod.
 
Check out the guys at LudumDare.  They run little game compos every couple months.  Get an idea of what other people are up to.
 
If you're into graphics check out FX Composer for writing your own shader code.   Pretty portable stuff that gets most of the gfx coding attention during a game development cycle (since everyone is using pre-fab'ed middleware engines these days).
 
Ever heard of the Unreal Engine?  There is a free SDK for non-commercial use.   The Unity engine is another decent place to start.