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Looks like fun. I've heard game development (for an employer) is quite the sweatshop though. What are the employment prospects and expected salary for someone proficient in this software?

Also, wondering if there any competitive open source game engines to aide in learning.

I can definitively say that where I work, at EA All Play's Sacramento studio, is not a sweatshop. We encourage eight hour days (plus lunch break, however long that ends up being), and every Friday afternoon there is free beer and fun presentations to end the week.

Right now, though, our only programming openings are for Java server engineers. Sorry.

I do recommend learning Unity though, if that's what you're interested in. As Unity improves, its easy cross-platform deployment becomes more and more attractive to larger companies.

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