Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Hey everybody! Most of you probably don't remember me, but I use to be a pretty regular poster here on Penny-Arcade in the games and graphic violence forums. In 2005, I joined the Marine Corps and never really had much more time for games or forums. Long story short, I was injured in Iraq last year and was medically discharged from the Marine Corps in April, and I've come back to my gaming roots (well actually, I've come back to Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress 2, mostly - I'm addicted). This whole situation kind of came as a surprise - I'd always planned on doing my time in the Marine Corps and then transitioning to a career in federal law enforcement. But because of my disabilities, that is no longer an option for me.
But I still have my paycheck coming in from the government and my full GI bill to go to school. I was sitting around, thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and I realized I've wanted to learn game design since the first time I played Mario Bros on my NES. And these forums have some of the most educated, and talented people I know when it comes to games and all thing geek . So I was hoping some of you would have some advice and information about how to pursue a game design career. I've got several diferent sets of advice from using Google. I've got an interview scheduled with a rep from Full Sail university, and their website makes it look promising. Can you guys recommend anything else to me or share any personal experience and knowledge? Thanks for any help you can give.