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Member Since 15 Sep 2003
Offline Last Active Jul 24 2016 09:05 AM

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In Topic: Community College or Game Development?

10 April 2016 - 11:28 AM

Well, what degree have you enrolled in? Computing? Hair dressing? Tiddly winks? Shaving?


If its a degree that has you doing some programming, maths and software develpment then 100% it will be worth it.  If its something completely unrelated and - quite frankly - useless towards the goal of developing software then you need to switch to a more relevent degree.


In the end, its a decision that only you can make. Some swear by having a degree, is a right to a job or that "the paper" is for wiping their bum clean.  I took mine out of fear of the future and peer pressure, but in the end, I felt it was both a personal accomplishment I am proud of and yet it was also holding me back from allowing me to focus on exactly what I wanted to do.  Did I get a job out of it? No, but it did teach me how become a better programmer, and it allowed me to become part of the field in some small way - helping other students when the chips were down, some in very unfortunate situations.


Consider what all have said here, and make sure you have thought it through thoroughly before throwing in the towel.


God speed!!! ^_^

In Topic: Java (and not only) keyboard input delay

10 April 2016 - 09:50 AM

As Istarnion said, have the listener set a boolean flag, and then have a thread use that boolean to update the textArea.  Just be sure to synchronise the method that updates the textArea...

In Topic: Typing skills

10 April 2016 - 09:12 AM

There are three tests you must pass, first of which is with the Colonial marines in a frigate mess hall...




...then its a trip to a Federation starship, wait till everyone on the bridge has gone to bed, locked the doors and try your lips at some serious hacking...




...and finally, you travel back in time to 1986, san francisco...




...when your interviewer looks like that at the computer screen...you know you landed the gig. :D




Seriously. I have to this date never worked as a programmer, but I can type fast.  Its really a case of taking your time and letting your fingers do the work - something to do with muscle-memory?  I find a previous hobby of writing screenplays(just for fun!) to have helped immensely as that gave me a lot of practice at typing. 

In Topic: The first video game enemy you ever murder.

08 April 2016 - 01:34 PM

First game ever was "Learn to Read 4", but my first confirmed kill was Space Invaders on the ZX Spectrum, 1982 by Psion. Many times the baracades were overrun by those goddamn ET bastids, but they paid dearly with many lives, ten-fold, on the next go! MWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

In Topic: Beginner looking for help with 2D 8Bit based game.

08 January 2016 - 05:56 PM

I know you might be eager to leap straight into a visual game, but put that aside for a while and focus your efforts into learning how to program, first.  Once you know the basics(text, input, files, conditions & loops) then proceed to write a text-based game.


Yes, it will take time and some patience, but it'll be well worth it.  If you can find value in just variables, condition statements and loops then you will know for sure that you are a game developer at heart.  Give yourself as much time as you need for this and most importantly, have fun with it! Not only are you learning the prized skill of programming, you are also able to flex your imagination, even if the output is just limited to text on the screen. 


I usually recommend C( not C++ ) as a first language, but you can actually use any that you are comfortable with; Python is a very popular choice with beginners, for instance.


Whatever you decide to do, I hope you at least have fun!