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8 Reasons You Should Probably Be A Game Developer

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1. It's Lucrative

While it's not the most important aspect of game development, it's definitely worth mentioning, entry-level game developers' salaries start at about $40k. You don't have to make it to a triple-A company to make good money. And if you do, you're set.

2. It's Fun

I'd say this is the most important and most attractive aspect of a game development career; It's fun! You get to develop video games and play them while you develop them. How awesome is that? Have you ever thrown so much time and effort into a college project, or any other project really, and just marveled at the end result? Imagine getting paid top dollar to do that.

3. It's In Demand

Game Development and the rest of the Information Technology field is not going anywhere. According to inc.com, last year Information Technology was the fourth most lucrative industry in the world- not America, the world. Sure, game development is just a sliver of Information Technology, but, as you'll see in my next point, it's all relative. By the way, you can check out that inc.com article here.

4. Your Degree is Versatile

Say you're not feeling game development, but your 80% finished with your program. Doesn't matter. The program covers a ton of fields in the Information Technology realm not limited to just creating video games. I've found there is a lot more than you would think that goes into developing a video game, and those skills can be translated elsewhere.

5. Work Remotely

The great thing about game development is that it's a technology-driven field. That means there's a very good chance of being able to work remotely. One of the hardest parts of following through with a career path is deciding if you want to relocate. There are so many variables that you have to take into consideration. Maybe you have a family member that needs taking care of. Maybe you just bought a house. Maybe you don't want to leave your friends. Maybe your partner doesn't want to leave. All of these scenarios cause role conflict. Do I sell the house I just bought? Do I split with my girlfriend? As a game developer, you may not have to. Working remotely isn't a sure thing, but it's definitely an available option.

6. Team Building Skills

This is where working in a remote setting becomes really cool. I'm currently in a course where my classmates and I have been split up into four teams. It's honestly one of the best experiences I've been a part of in my academic AND social life (I know, I'm a geek). We set up a group chat account, have a team logo, have meetings, and all share/update a video game we're working on- just like in a real-world setting. The team building skills learned here are priceless and will translate to any type of team setting, whether it's on a baseball field or at a day job, the concepts are the same. It's just the criteria that are different.

7. Do What You Love

I'm gonna' drop the old cliché here- do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life. It's cliché, but it's true.

8. It's Diverse

Going back to point number four, versatility. The program covers a diverse group of subjects that all go into game development but can be used in other concentrated fields such as Graphic Design, Animation, Project Management, Web Development, and so much more...

Game on!


Bill is a 31-year-old writer/game developer from Boston, Massachusetts. He's a content creator in Southern New Hampshire University's Odyssey community, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and is wrapping up his Game Development program in October 2018. With an Associate's in Liberal Arts and a forthcoming BS in Game Development, he is ready to excel in the gaming industry. Outside of work, Bill can be found supporting local bands in the greater Boston area.

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!
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When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes, and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts that are worth following:

-@brandonwoelfel

-@tess_and_sarah

-@brandymelvilleusa

-@goldenretrievers_

-@cats_of_instagram

-@zodiac.signs

-@thegrilledpineapple

-@jazzjennings_

-@chipper_thegolddog

-@llauratheleo

-@heyshalice

-@sailorhaley

-@sandcloudteam

-@photosabss

-@sharkbaitblond

Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your Instagram photo that you wish to post!

1. Life goes on, with or without you.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12. Life is a gift.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you used to be.

16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

17. Get the gist.

18. Boy, it's the 21st Century, get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

26. Happy as a clam

27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." — Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars — Coldplay

46 . I keep dancing on my own — Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself — Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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Culture Has Changed With Technology, And We Need To Focus More On Human Connection

The way we interact day to day has changed drastically since smart phones have been introduced.

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Growing up in an era where you can track your friends, view parties through snap chat stories, and create an entire persona digitally has shaped the way we think and live.

Listening to my parents tell stories about how they grew up, couldn't be further from how kids today spend their summer days. We've all heard our parents complain about how we are on our phones too much and you never see kids playing outside anymore, it's sad that it's true.

It scares me to think about how the next generation of kids are going to be because right now we are already faced with countless cyberbullying cases, mental illnesses rising, and obesity amongst young kids. Having grown up when social media in its toddler stage, I don't feel that it has the same effect that it does on kids born in the '00s.

The smallest of things like texting 'here' when you get to a friends house rather than going to the door or honking. Sitting at lunch with friends you feel that undeniable urge to check your phone. Using your phone as a buffer when a situation gets awkward.

Dating has changed, and with the rise of online dating, there is less of a need to go up to someone you like if you can just message them a funny gif to break the ice because talking face to face is too intimidating.

Don't want to leave your house to get food? No problem, have it delivered to your house. Want to break up with someone? Do it over text.

Human interaction is becoming an option; it's becoming something we can avoid. Granted, technology has helped to accomplish amazing things but it is swallowing our social lives and how we live day to day.

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