In response to I--Shaolin's "Where is the Love",
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Posted 24 January 2000 - 02:02 PM
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Posted 24 January 2000 - 10:20 PM
Well, from what you said, I don't think you'll have any problem at all getting into the game industry. Hell, I wish I had have started when I was eight. Just keep doing what you are now. Read as much as you can and don't neglect the more boring parts of computer science like algorithms and theory. Also, learn all the math that you can.
There's really no need to rush though. You have time to learn at your pace and as your education permits. A CS degree is starting to become a standard requirement for getting a game programming job with many companies. I'm sure this isn't news to you, just don't let college sneak up on you in a couple years. It almost happened to me. You'll want to take the ACT/SAT (or whatever you take in Australia) early so you can get into a good school (and scholarship).
As far as where to work, I have interviewed with well known companies and small developemnt houses that stay in the shadows. I finally took a job with a small company. In my opinion, it's just a better working enviornment in every aspect.
Many of the larger companies are too business oriented to be fun. Games are no different to them than office applications. With a smaller company, you tend to feel more a part of the team, and everyone there is truly a game fanatic. Oh, and as far as money goes, I ended up making more at where I am now than I would have at one of the biggest companies. (This didn't affect my decision however. I would have taken the job for a lot less).
The point of all this? Give me a minute and I'll think of one. You sound amazingly level headed to be as young as you are. I have talked to people ten years older than you who weren't near as grounded. Keep going like you are and NEVER stop trying to learn and you'll do great.
Edited by - I-Shaolin on 1/25/00 4:23:59 AM
Posted 28 January 2000 - 01:48 PM
Thanks for giving me a reply in such detail. I thought over what you said for quiet a while. I could understand that everything you said whould be true.
As for skipping the more boring parts like algorithms and theroy, I am always looking for info on that as well. This is because I belive a lot of game code is derived from standard algoritms and theory(especially math algorithms).
My dad used to be a bussiness app programmer and has done tertiary studies in computing. I feel that him having that experience has been very good for me. (eg. If I read something that I don''t fully understand I can ask him and he will be able to make sense of it and explain it to me in such a way that I will be able to understand.)
Anyway, I would just like to say thanks for the help. It is always helpful and encouraging to hear advice from people who have had experience and know what they are talking about.
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Posted 29 January 2000 - 02:37 AM
and please teach me how to learn programming language
Right now iam 15 years old, iam new at programming!
but i have learn C/C++,pascal,VB,Html,Win32 programming
but a little bit
so i need an ADVICE from the X-pert
please post to me!!