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The people over at GameInstitute.com are retarded (or, they were a couple years ago when I was taking some of their courses.)

1) My Intro to Game Programming instructor told me that you can't use switch() on a char.
2) They give you a camera system, no strings attached. IMO that's like giving white powder to a crack addict. You know he's going to snort it without really looking into it. Seriousy, what's the point of even learning how the view matrix works when you've got a camera system that supports free-roam, first, and third-person views?
3) Their apps are native 640x480 (800x600 and 1024x768 were pretty standard 2 or 3 years ago.)
4) They used the arrow keys and the mouse together. I've never EVER met a left handed computer user which would be the only good reason to use the arrow keys instead of WASD (especially for a FPS camera.)
5) They've tripled their prices over the past 2 or 3 years and AFAIK their courses haven't changed very much.

In other news I got my camera system integrated with WM_INPUT and a base object system done. I have the velocity system integrated with the free-roam camera, but I'm thinking of removing it because it can be QUITE annoying, but I think that's because it's implemented wrong (the velocity follows the direction of the camera, so it's more of like a flying object instead of a free-roam camera (for example, if you dive down toward an object and as you pass through it, you pitch up, you'll follow the object's X/Z axis instead of continuing to go down.))

I need to implement the mesh system so that I can attach a camera to an object and setup a third person view.

I have almost $90 saved! Sadly, that's the most I've had in quite a while.

I'm almost finished with my current TLCoM map. Just have to fine tune some things and add some interaction and it'll be all set. But, now it's time for food, a shower, and then bed.
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4) They used the arrow keys and the mouse together. I've never EVER met a left handed computer user which would be the only good reason to use the arrow keys instead of WASD (especially for a FPS camera.)


There is nothing wrong with that, and it's not even uncommon. Of course, they SHOULD have a means of rebinding keys.

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4) They used the arrow keys and the mouse together. I've never EVER met a left handed computer user which would be the only good reason to use the arrow keys instead of WASD (especially for a FPS camera.)


There is nothing wrong with that, and it's not even uncommon. Of course, they SHOULD have a means of rebinding keys.


But there is something wrong with it: it's awkward[razz]. Plus I haven't played a FPS that used the arrow keys by default. But yea, key-binding would be nice, but then again, it was in the graphics course, so keybinding would have muddled up the code.

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Yeah, I took their intro to game programming, about a year ago. I really liked it.

Though, what has sadly kept me away from taking anymore courses are the fact that they hijacked the prices and now the course I would really be interested in taking (DX9 graphics), its over 200 bucks. Bah. :|

But yeah, aside from the minor things, overall I think they have put together a great package. Tons of information all wrapped up nice and perdy.

I'm still considering on taking the DX9 course when I finish paying for this semesters tuition.

Regards,
-Dave

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Yea, I've been thinking of taking a couple of their new courses, but the only good way to do it would be to take one of the packages and they're still way expensive. Unless you actually get textbooks now (before you had to print them off yourself.)

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I never even began to consider the idea of examing what courses they had available so as to begin weighing the choices as to wether or not I would ever even visit their web page again.

Pay them for classes? Yeah, right.

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You'd think people would pay for courses that they'd take in real life and not just some hacked course on the internet....

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You'd think people would pay for courses that they'd take in real life and not just some hacked course on the internet....


College courses cost a LOT more than 400 dollars. I wasn't even there for a full term and it cost me $6000. Plus, internet courses are a lot more convenient. For example, I don't have a car.

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You'd think people would pay for courses that they'd take in real life and not just some hacked course on the internet....


Game Development isn't even at a lot of universities yet. So that means, if I want to take a Game Dev course, I have to go out of state. In state, 130 bucks a credit hour... Out of state, your looking at 400 a credit hour. Online $230 bucks for a class.

Hardly a comparison and hugely justified for doing so.

EDIT: Yes, now they actually ship you a text book.

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