Lead Frontend Developer for Caktus Group
Calvin is rarely able to pull himself away from the keyboard. Even in his spare time Calvin enjoys writing and gaming on his computer.
Game Development as a non-Game Developer
It is easy to think you can pick up game development when you’re already an experienced developer, but every discipline has its own skillsets, lessons, and approaches. Developers new to making games can have very difficult sets of challenges if they are totally new to software development versus having an established history of non-game development. Sometimes that experience can pose a deceptive hurdle to overcome.
Everyone who gets into game development faces an uphill challenge with many things to learn. I’ll be talking about the unique challenges of getting into game development with many years of other development experience under your belt and the misconceptions, re-learnings, and benefits of entering the field with an existing non-game development background.
– The lesson a transitioning developer has to learn that they’re a newbie all over again in many ways
– The hurdle (or lack there of) of changing programming languages
– The skills that remain universal to any development: planning, breaking problems down, testing your code
– Your quality gap as a seasoned developer versus a fledgling game developer
– The importance of finding your new community