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Who is Sshado?

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I have been a member here since 2003 and am FINALLY serious about becoming a game programmer. Anyway, I have never really given my background or stated who I really am (not that anyone cares now, but someday will :P ).

I am 34 years old (wow old...not really). I was about 11 or 12 when I started programming in BASIC. I had fun with it, but didn't do too much with it. I loved playing Atari and eventually Nintendo games. Good or bad, puberty hit and I spent the next 12 years or so chasing girls.

I was mainly a console game player until someone introduced me to WarCraft II. I loved it. Then I played Diablo and StarCraft. Awesome games. I found a couple of co-workers who liked to get together and play some LAN games. I got engaged to my wife, then EverQuest came out. Almost didn't get married.

Ever since EverQuest, wife hated me on the computer. I started playing Asheron's Call, but went back to EverQuest. Then I quit playing for a while, but Diablo II came out - great game. Stopped playing again until Dark Age of Camelot came out. My friends and I got together on Sundays and played that until Shrouded Isles came out. Eventually, I tried EverQuest II and found myself playing World of WarCraft A LOT.

While doing all this, I went to college and got an A.A.S. degree in Information Networking. Didn't do too much with this degree and got my B.S. in Computer Science. I am currently a manager at a huge company that I have been with for 15 years and I am working towards my M.B.A.

I had to learn Visual Basic at work quite a few years ago. It was fairly easy, but I loved making the programs work. My favorite part was making user interfaces. Since becoming a manager, I haven't been able to do anything fun.

I am bored as hell......BORED AS HELL!

A couple of years ago I started teaching myself some programming. I thought I would learn best by joining an indie group developing a game. Raymond Jacobs was looking for some help on Mornings Wrath. I contacted him, but he had just found someone to help him. He said he could possibly use another one and that I should IM him. I didn't because I wasn't sure if I was good enough. I wish I would have contacted him because I could have learned a lot. If I wasn't good enough, he would have let me know :P

Now, I am working on learning C++ very well. I have four books that I am hoping will teach me most of the fundamentals that I need to program games. After that, I am planning on joining a group because I feel that making games is my true passion!

That is my story and why I am here...
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