One thing I really love about the games industry today is its “openness” compared to many industries. To start out in the games industry you don’t need a degree. All you need is a computer. And an Internet connection. If you log on online right now, you can immediately visit web sites such as Blender, GIMP, Inkscape, and (of course) Unity to get access to professional-grade game development software completely free of charge! The result is that almost anybody in any place on any budget, from any background and at any age, can sit at a computer and be a game developer right now.

Of course, none of that openness guarantees you’ll automatically know how to use the tools, or that you’ll even like the results you get from them. You need ...

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