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Member Since 15 Sep 2003
Offline Last Active Jun 05 2014 04:39 PM

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In Topic: Do you ever get frustrated at work?

04 June 2014 - 03:49 PM

Well, I don't work in computing(sadly) but I used to get frustrated in my current day-job. 


The worst thing was going out of my way to apply professional standards to my work, but then finding out the hard way that I was wasting my time due to the nature of the system.  On the one hand they put a company rule book in your hand and - in their own words - say disciplinary action will be taken if not adheared to, but on the other hand you are surrounded by cowboys who then frown upon you for doing things by their bloody rule book!


When you see the cowboys getting away with murder, getting promoted through a popularity game and the genuine professionals getting kicked in the nuts and told "not good enough" when overloaded with work...you know its time to accept that the job is bullshit and that you work to live and not the other way around.


Funny, since I've learned to "let go" at work, I've been a lot happier in my job and at home.  Just do your contracted hours and your best.  In the end thats all you can do.

In Topic: Your first game / programming project?

02 June 2014 - 01:35 PM

At the age of 20 I learned the C language and made a command-line RPG based on the Bubblegum Crisis anime series.  It was a six month project but I enjoyed it and was my first full game.  With each compile and test, it was a wonderful experience to see a program come alive - maybe not visually, but at least through messages displayed on screen.  It was such a nice experience that I even remember watching the first ever Big Brother show in the evenings whilst beavering away at it.


Wasn't there a guy obessed with a chicken? I swear there was! ^_^

In Topic: Is Programming Fun or Work for you?

02 June 2014 - 12:59 PM

Well, I only started programming because it was a means to an end; making my own games. Over the years though it had grown beyond that and became my focus and discipline and now my passion.


I would say that programming becomes at least comfortable when you become more serious about it by spending more time thoroughly learning your languages and studying better ways to develop your projects and also maintain them.  If you can take the stress out of programming through employing all that your language has to offer, and write cleaner and leaner code, then it can only get better.  If you learn some maths, then you can sometimes reduce the amount of code you have to write, which will of course help reduce stress.

In Topic: I would like to know of your average score of your highest education level.

02 June 2014 - 12:18 PM

My highest level of education is a Degree(Bsc) without Honours.  It is named "Open" as I was allowed to choose the modules from any subject, although roughly 90% of the modules were Computing.  On the other hand, I already had a Diploma in Computing(which I am most proud of) so I'm not so worried about it not being a named Degree.


I would considered further modules in either software engineering or maths, but tuition fees here in the UK are bloody expensive now - they have effectively trebled in price.  I'm now back to teaching myself from books bought at the local Waterstones.

In Topic: Information for a beginner

01 June 2014 - 05:27 PM

Without knowing the specifics of the game you wish to make nor what languages you already know, its hard to say.


If you already know a structured language such as C and are making this 2D game for fun, then I would recommend learning Java and using its standard libraries for basic graphics and keyboard input.


On the other hand, if you wish to take it to a professional level and have commerical goals in mind then C++ and DirectX is the way to go.


Whatever you decide to do, good luck with the project!