Full Sail University

I saw an ad on my own web site for Full Sail University. It looked interesting. They seem to cater towards game development. The time it takes to graduate is normally half the time of a regular university. They are located down in Orlando, Florida (hello Disney World).

What caught my eye was the interesting and relevant classes they seem to teach. Some of these classes were Windows Programming, Direct X, Open GL, Engine Development, and Optimization. You can get a bachelors degree in either Game Development or Web Design. They also have a masters of Game Design.

Total cost for the masters is around $30k. This works out to $615 per credit. You can graduate in just 3 semesters. The total cost for the bachelors program is $76k. Ouch. It is around $535 per credit. This program takes a little over 5 semesters to graduate.

You can start any month. They have about 12k students attending now. Full Sail does offer campus tours. They also have an online program. In general I do not recommend online classes. And they offer individual courses on a case by case basis. Might be something to look into.

Call of Duty

Activision released the latest version of Call of Duty this month. It has been breaking all sales records with ease. On the first day, it sold over 5 million copies for a revenue of $360M. In the first 5 days, it has raked in $650M in sales. Damn.

This is the seventh installment of the Call of Duty line. The game is titled Call of Duty - Black Ops. The game was previously announced back in April. It has some sketchy material like torture of prisoners and assassination of heads of state. Good stuff eh?

You are going to need some serious hardware to run this game. A lot of people with decent gaming machines have complained of severe lagging. The stated system requirements are Windows XP/Vista/7, 2G RAM, Intel Duo Core2 processor, and Direct X 9. I don't think my weak laptop can run this thing. Man I need me a good gaming PC.