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Posted 05 November 2011 - 09:25 PM
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:41 AM
All I'm asking is; do I have what it takes?
Posted 06 November 2011 - 12:29 PM
All I'm asking is; do I have what it takes?
Dunno. Sounds like you could, but I must caution that's there's a lot of red flags raised. High school, and even local community colleges are not challenging. Top tier colleges and game companies are challenging. Just because you think you're hot shit in the minors doesn't always translate to the big leagues. A good work ethic, a good dose of self-awareness, some ability to learn on your own, and a big dash of tenacity are very important. In a few years you'll be faced with the awkward truth that knowing something is far less important than school made it out to be. Experience is vital for programmers.
Just a warning: I was pretty much in your boat. Had the 4.2 GPA in my junior year without studying; skipped my senior year and went to college. And y'know what? I wasn't mature enough to deal with that. I didn't have the work ethic needed to succeed at a competitive school. And while I've gotten to be a very good programmer since, it took about 6 years more than it should have.
Knowing things is good. Having aptitude for programming is important. But just be aware that there's a bunch of other things that aren't necessarily obvious that go into making you successful.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:38 PM
The basic question, which I suppose I should have clarified, was; Is this a good start? (I honestly don't know how competitive programming is)
The basic plan is; get ready freaking good grades, and hopefully get a full ride scholarship. If not, take 2 years in some local college (or however long it takes to get the core stuff out of the way) then start moving up, and hopefully get into a competitive college for a Masters.
Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:45 PM
Posted 06 November 2011 - 08:29 PM
Permit me to throw out an analogy and see if it helps explain our replies a little better.
Take a long rope and tie it around a pole stuck in the ground. Your goal is to stretch the rope from that pole over to a tree a little ways away. Now, imagine that your rope is not just tied to the pole, but also wrapped around the pole. Is the rope pointing in the right direction to get to the tree?
You're still young. You have a little bit of education and some starter practice, which is good. But you're still coiled around that starting pole. You have to unwrap and start pulling on the rope to figure out if it's going the right way; right now, you can almost think of it as if it were pointing everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
Now, this shows that you're at least thinking about what direction to take, which is a good thing! But you haven't really moved all that far towards the destination. It will take a lot of time, experience, and life discipline to get there - a lot of pulling on the rope. I hope this doesn't sound discouraging; frankly most people your age aren't nearly as self-aware with regards to their futures, and that alone gives you a small advantage. But you're also up against some serious competition.
Just as an example: there are people in the industry who, at your age, had already been programming for over a decade and published several of their own games, often for profit. It is not uncommon to hear of the upper-percentile game developers leaving college with more development experience than most people will have in their chosen careers by their mid 30s. And a lot of those people still find the competition in the industry to be fierce, and have to continue working for opportunities and advancements.
As Telastyn noted, there's nothing wrong with the plan you've described - but it's the same general approach that thousands of other people are taking, and it doesn't really set you apart from them. To get noticed - and to have a reasonably secure chance of landing a job in the business - you need to exceed even that standard. Yes, by comparison with most 17 year olds, you're ahead of the game - but on an absolute scale, there's a long road ahead.
Personally, I get the feeling you can succeed if you really put your mind to it; so I hope this is more of a challenge to you to push yourself even harder, rather than a sign to give up :-)
Posted 11 November 2011 - 09:41 PM
Posted 11 November 2011 - 11:45 PM
Loom, the OP said, 5 days ago:
*cue sarcastic voice*
So you think you're hot stuff? ...
So I think he got the point already. Let's let the OP do his reading and see how things develop.
Thanks for the replies, I'll get started by reading some stuff on here.
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