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Member Since 11 Dec 2003
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In Topic: Why do so many fanmade projects seem to fail?

25 April 2012 - 04:32 PM

My opinion is that there are two major reasons.

(1) Volunteers have other commitments. This could be their "day jobs," families, etc., but generally unpaid projects are "passion projects" that aren't necessarily allocated the same time as other commitments that the volunteers may have.

(2) It's (generally) not possible for a fan made project to have the same quality of work as the original off of which they're based. Things like high profile games have experienced, well compensated developers that spend years at work to complete -- with huge teams. Hobbyists have neither that experience nor that luxury.

And lastly, yeah - legal issues.

In Topic: System Administration in gaming

24 April 2012 - 10:00 PM

System and security administrators are some of the (typically) unsung heroes of the gaming industry. Especially for things like MMO (or any online game really), optimized servers, competent DBAs, extremely high uptime and confidentiality, integrity and availability of data are all of paramount importance.

You may not see sysadmin booths at GDC, but trust me that to be a senior sysadmin at a major organization, you've gotta know your stuff really well.

In Topic: How to code faster?

29 October 2010 - 07:57 AM

I'm sure a lot of people will start mentioning programming methodologies (Agile programming, TDD, GTD, etc.) to answer this question, but my point is vastly more simple.

Plan it all out ahead of time. Your brain can't focus on planning out your program and also writing clean, efficent and quick code. It's one of my favorite sayings that 15 minutes of planning before you sit down at an IDE will save you hours and hours of debugging, refactoring and basically a huge headache later.

Hope this helped a little, good luck!

In Topic: Online Courses

04 June 2009 - 11:43 PM

Just chiming in to say that if the alleged university does not have a physical campus, do not take classes there!

Your best bet is to talk to admissions department of real, physical universities like the ones listed by the above poster and talk about options for completing some (or all) courses online.

In Topic: Need help finding a host

25 May 2009 - 03:13 PM

You might be interested in some of the services SoundClick offers, but I'm not really an expert in the field.