In regards to XCOM 2 I would strongly suggest getting the Yet Another F1 mod.
In short anytime you have a unit selected (yours or an enemy if you are aiming at them) and press F1 it displays stats including every single perk/skill they have.
I would not play XCOM 2 without it because all it does is give you info you should really have been given.
On the topic of Uni I took a year off after my sophomore year because I was convinced I wasn’t going to be able to finish my degree because I was bad at math. So I took a position doing data entry and it was so mind-numbingly boring and the pay was so bad for how much work they wanted me to do (like 60-80 hours a week because they gave me a company laptop so I could “work from home”) that I started looking back into how I could finish my degree.
I ended up getting an amazing advisor who I explained to that I really wanted a CS degree but right now I just don’t see it happening because I know I am bad at math and she advised me to switch degrees to IT because it was essentially the same as the CS degree in terms of structure except math stopped at Calc 1 (which I had passed already). When I explained to her that I really don’t want to do IT because I don’t want to just fix people’s computers and printers for the rest of my life she gave me some of the best advice I have received that I hadn’t really thought of doing, go spend a weekend pretending you just graduated college and are looking for your first job.
The advice was solid because it made me realize that almost everyone who is hiring is just looking for someone with a CS/CE/IT degree when it came to software development.
So if you are like me and not sure about your degree go spend a weekend just looking at where you would like to end up and what it will take to get there.
And I know I already said this in another thread or two but I would be very cautious about getting a degree in game design. Please take the above advice of checking out what these positions are looking for in candidates before you spend 4 years and a lot of money to get a degree that you then find out really doesn’t mean a whole lot. Just searching around on indeed for 15 minutes I haven’t seen a single result for a listing that specifically mentions this degree as being required or a plus which to me is a big red flag.
I don’t know how else to put this then to be blunt and say universities are still capitalist businesses. They realized kids coming out of high school have dreams of being game developers, instead of being realistic and telling them to look at their art, CS, or writing degrees they instead just made a new degree and called it game design. Because let’s be real if you have grown up all your life being told you need a degree to get “the good jobs” and a university tells you that you can get a degree in that thing you dreamed of you are much more likely to attend there. If you are doing it for the knowledge keep in mind also that a lot of people in this industry keep blogs/vlogs and write about their experiences and things they learn on sites like Gamasutra or all the wonderful GDC Vault videos that are very much structured like a college lecture. The amount of free knowledge about game development is incredible for how young it is. That isn’t to say that I don’t think there is nothing to be gained from these classes just that personally I would see them as elective classes to take rather than something to make your major.
I really am not trying to come off as overtly hostile but I was once in a very similar position near graduation of high school and was convinced the only way I was ever going to get to design video games was by going to a school that offered that kind of degree. Thankfully I had a friend at the time who knew people in industry that sat down and talked to me in a steam group chat about why I should strongly reconsider. It really sucks to see people who want nothing more than to fulfill their dream only to be taken advantage of and I don’t think we talk enough about how people can reach these goals to prevent this abuse.