So you want to be a Computer Game Developer?
by Diana Gruber
Publisher: Fastgraph 2000
If you have the brains, the talent, and the courage to take risks, a career in Computer Game Development may be right for you. The glory, the money, the job security and the creative satisfaction can all be yours, but only if you have what it takes to do the job.
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