I’m an animator and I want to program

HI, I am not a programmer. All I know about programming is a bit of Lingo in director. But I am a 3d Animator with skills in 3D Studio Max. We develop educational CBTs and computer based presentations for corporations. However Real time 3D game fascinate me and I want to be involved in the development of one. What skills do I need to possess to be a 3d game programmer? Will my animation skills help me with that? 

Regards, Ranit

As a 3D game programmer or as an Animator for 3D games. As a 3D game programmer you need to know C and C++ inside out. Of course you can make a game with less knowledge using somebody else’s 3D engine but generally you’ll have to do that on your own. You won’t be able to get the job unless you could do it from scratch.

You might be able to work into it though be using Lingo and or ActionScript in flash (both of which are programming) you might be able to get a scriptor job or a level layout kind of job somewhere in the industry and then kind of learn on the job. Learning programming is probably not something you’ll learn on the job but learning how to make a game in general is.

Your animation skill will only help to the extent that you might be able to animate something yourself instead of getting an artists to do it for you and you might be able to write / design better tools since you have first hand experience with how you use the 3D programs where as most programmers really don’t animate and so they are kind of guessing what the arists need.


  • Javaman
    What 3D tool to use


    I was wondering if you know any good 3d animating tools that are cheap and easy to use.3D Studio Max is the only tool Im’e familiar with.so not that.


  • Javaman
  • Javaman

    can someone answer me please?

  • Javaman

    My uncle has a dog named fred and some times

  • Javaman

    he tells me the most fantastic stories about him and his past life so much I would like to create a game about it.

  • Javaman

    forget that last comment, obviously I am not prepared to make such a statement.

  • Cheap?

    How about free? Blender (http://www.blender.org)

    I don’t know any 3d animation software that is truely easy. I’m sure someday someone will figure out the easy way to do all this but for now it’s still quite a bit of work.

    There’s also Poser (http://www.e-frontier.com/go/poser_hps) which is generally considered pretty easy. It’s not that expensive compared to pro 3D animation software.


  • Javaman

    Thanks! Ignore the stuff about the dog,it was my cousin who wrote that.

  • mrsunshine
    Cheap 3D software

    There’s Softimage XSI Foundation version. Its a basic version of XSI for $US500. Its missing some fancy stuff like a cloth solver and hair but otherwise its a fully functioning version of XSI which is a fantastic tool for character animation (not so much effects).

  • Thanks

    Thanks. I’m using something called GameMaker (i think) and it’s really good if you want to make quick, simple 2d platform games.

    Anyway, thanks.

  • Javaman

    Thanks for the help guys. I’m hopefully getting either StudioMax or Blender now.

  • Game programing

    Need you that?