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What other areas of programming can I look into?

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The only reason I ever started programming was because I loved making games, and 4 years on I'm starting a computer science degree and am starting to think about what I really want to do with my life... I've looked into games programming and like to think I have a good idea of what the industry is like and quite frankly the whole idea doesn't seem too appealing anymore, and am starting to think about research or a career in industry, but since I've never done anything other then games programming I'm really not sure what research would be like. I am however absolutely certain that I'd rather work in McDonalds then become just another battery hen programmer working on boring databases and stuff, as I just hate stuff like that, there's no satisfaction in them like there is in getting proper jumping physics in a game for the first time, in succesfully implementing AI in your game for the first time, in seeing a spinning cube onscreen for the first time, in creating a 3D terrain for the first time. I've had to make use of database systems for my A-level computing (that's high school for you americans) in Visual Basic and I really don't want to be the guy who builds the customer ordering system for Homebase (large UK DIY store). Thanks for your time. [edited by - Kyo on May 26, 2003 7:55:24 PM]

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Those databases are boring, but that is where the money is. Get the code monkey job with the good pay and do game dev as a hobby. It works great for me.

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Yeah, and database work also eventually turns into maintenance work when the system workers don''t have a clue of what''s going on. I think the database developer with a hobby of games development sounds attractive as there would be (almost) no tight time schedules. I''m currently in the same situation as you taking a computer programming course in a College (2nd year).



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There are different areas of DB development. Front end development is probably the most appealing and boring. Any deeper than that and database becomes a part of your life.

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I am however absolutely certain that I''d rather work in McDonalds then become just another battery hen programmer working on boring databases and stuff, as I just hate stuff like that, (......)

I had the same problem, when i started my computer science degree i quickly realized that it *sucked ass*...

On the very first day of class i saw this vision of me, 4 years from now, programming databases (read: dumping buttons on a Visual Basic form and putting sql queries behind ''em) or writing software that makes the conveyer belt at a meat proccesing-plant runs as efficiently as possible. Those visions got worse and worse over the next six months... ...so i dropped out

I''m going back to school in september....

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or writing software that makes the conveyer belt at a meat proccesing-plant runs as efficiently as possible. Those visions got worse and worse over the next six months... ...so i dropped out


Someones gotta make them burgers for Kyo to flip

Seriously, most jobs are boring some of the time, but if you like making games, do you think that you would still enjoy it if you had to do it for a living, with all the pressure and politics that goes with it ?
If it was up to me, I''d take the DB job for the money, and stick with game dev as a hobby.

But then it''s not up to me

Bp.

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or writing software that makes the conveyer belt at a meat proccesing-plant runs as efficiently as possible. Those visions got worse and worse over the next six months... ...so i dropped out

Seriously, most jobs are boring some of the time
Once a wise man sayd "Do job You love, then You will never know what Job is".


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Basically any job where you don''t have creative input is going to suck. Research wouldn''t be bad, provided you stuck it out long enough to score a job with some form of creative control.

However my suggestion to you is to get a degree in business. There''s nothing that says you can''t keep taking classes in whatever else strikes your fancy, but a business degree goes a long way towards the sense of freedom you seem to be looking for.

It seems most people compartmentalize their life, put on a new persona and head into the "coal mines" of work on a daily basis. They usually end up sleeping away an extra eight hours of the day and end up feeling somehow as if their life has passed them by in an instant. Unfortunately most people also seem to be under the impression that this is just the way of life and don''t bother looking for a better way.

It''s my opinion that most of this hardship stems from the desire for a sense of security. Security which I might add, doesn''t exist. Capitalism is the name of the game in our society; a business degree will teach you the rules.

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Embedded systems! YAY! thats what I hope to do, I start my degree next year... should be 1337... maybe I can get a job programming tanks and such ^_^


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Yup, Embedded Systems is a great career. I''ve been doing it for 4 years now since I graduated College, and I really enjoy it. You learn so much, and the experience is invaluable. You really get to the meat of computers and processors, etc writing firmware. Check it out.

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One advantage to working in an area like databases (or some other area where speed is of major importance) is that you''ll probably learn how to write very efficient code, which could be a great benefit in your game programming hobby.

I know a guy who writes various SQL related stuff at his job, and he programs games as a hobby. I''ve had several email conversations with him about my programs, and it''s amazing the simple things he does to speed up my programs. I send him my source code, maybe an hour later I get a response. He changes like a dozen lines of code and the program runs 200% faster. Just little things you would overlook or just not think about usually, but his job is to think about those things.

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