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  1. School? I would not call it that way.

    [quote name='SteveDeFacto' timestamp='1322989542' post='4890353'] [quote name='jtagge75' timestamp='1322846626' post='4889831'] [quote name='SteveDeFacto' timestamp='1322819663' post='4889724'] I was home schooled my entire life and sat inside every day programming. I have no regrets other than not having a move diverse education but i have mostly made up for it now. [/quote] When you are 70 and sitting around the bus stop with a bunch of other old farts hearing them recant tales of the "glory days" you might rethink that. [/quote] I won't be sitting at a bus stop with people who wasted their lifes when i am 70. [/quote] Way to have the post go completely over your head and show how completely arrogant you are at the same time. Good show chap.
  2. I spent high school in front of my computer

    Never at any point did I think swiftcoder implied that you shouldn't program but that you should have some balance in life. A lot of people seem to be taking some kind of personal offense that you can like programming but not have it the complete focus of your life. I self taught myself C in my teenage years as well as doing sports, band, and school dances. I've learned to rebuild a small block Chevy. I've learned to frame interior walls and drywall them. I've learned to shoot high powered rifles. In college I drank four and five nights a week, did a lot of drugs, and consorted with women of loose morals. I learned how to repel. I learned some very basics to black smiting. I skydived. I learned to fly planes. But, I still took time to learn new things about game programming. I now have three quite successful games to my credit and I'm going to be the overall lead on my companies next game. I'm not going to be the lead because I'm some super ace programmer (I'm average at best), its because I've become quite the people person and can relate to most anybody I meet because I've done a wide range of things in my past. My companies CTO didn't get where he was because he is some super ace programmer. You only get 70-80 years on this planet if you are lucky. If you want to spend that time hunched in front of a computer that is certainly your choice. But there is a wide range of things you are missing out on. If you are at some bar and guys are talking about crazy things do you want your story to be how you repelled down a sheer 100 foot cliff after a two day hike in the Utah badlands or that you got jacked up on Redbull to stay up for another WoW guild raid?
  3. School? I would not call it that way.

    [quote name='SteveDeFacto' timestamp='1322819663' post='4889724'] I was home schooled my entire life and sat inside every day programming. I have no regrets other than not having a move diverse education but i have mostly made up for it now. [/quote] When you are 70 and sitting around the bus stop with a bunch of other old farts hearing them recant tales of the "glory days" you might rethink that.
  4. [quote name='YogurtEmperor' timestamp='1315980020' post='4861395'] [font="arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"]A [i]successful[/i] programmer will have his or her hand dipped into all areas of game creation. He or she should know how to competently speak to designers, artists, and musicians (and with other programmers, probably). The fact is you have an advantage over these people by being a programmer, if you also know something about their professions. Artists make good art, but they don’t know what formats are good for this part of the game or that, etc. (until they gain experience by working in the industry for a while, but even then you still know better).[/size][/font] It helps to even know their tools and techniques, but that is not strictly necessary. It [i]is[/i] necessary, however, to at least know enough about art to know what kinds of file formats you want from the artists. Artists tend not to know the nuances of RLE compression, when it can make images larger instead of smaller, etc. You need to know enough about music to at least know what type of audio file you want. Stereo? Mono? As we work with new sound engineers, they keep giving me sound effects in stereo. They need to be mono for them to be 3D. Your long-term goal should be to know how to use Photoshop, Maya, and 3D Studio Max, even if you yourself can only make crap with them. You may not be good at art, but you can direct an artist much better if you know your way around the software. If you can’t quite express your vision, you can stand by the artist and tell him or her to “extrude this area out to…yeah right there, now select these faces and make a new phong material and…” You may even find yourself teaching them new things. I’ve taught many artists how to exactly center text or any other object in Photoshop using a little trick they hadn’t considered (I see them trying to manually center things by adjusting them one pixel at a time and eyeing it closely, and that kind of humanoid imperfection drives me nuts). And who knows? Maybe you will find a hidden passion. I like [url="http://soundcloud.com/l-spiro"]music[/url] [i]at least[/i] as much as programming, and am now making a classical CD (and a few other music deals soon to take place). I also do my own [url="http://l-spiro.deviantart.com/gallery/4844241"]art[/url]. L. Spiro [/quote] Superiority complex much? One of the best programmers at one of my former jobs was the technical artist that started out as a modeller and picked up programming on the side.
  5. Remember 'tighten up the graphics' ?

    [quote name='Antheus' timestamp='1313248945' post='4848657'] This is why we can't have nice things. Why couldn't a geek female developer also model on the side? The implication here is that only ugly girls go into development. Look at male developer profiles: "photographer, musician, designer, programmer, climber, painter, writer". It's almost as if programming is a mere afterthought these days. And someone being well paid? Why not. If you can not only develop, but can also serve as public face, your price instantly doubles. Same for Google or other companies. Tech skills are just baseline and salaries for those are usually low. But have a persona, and you suddenly become much more desirable with salary to compensate. Because I don't think a 300lb. Mountain Dew fueled neckbeard in Star Trek shirt would be something companies would like to showcase to attract people. That too defines one's value. [/quote] [url="http://www.brendaguyton.com/painting_images/White_Knight.jpg"][img]http://www.brendaguyton.com/painting_images/White_Knight.jpg[/img][/url] Its also just as wrong to give people the impression there are large breasted, decent looking girls everywhere in game development in the hopes of attracting zit faced virgins to enter a dubious program. Maybe there are and I just work at the wrong place. If anybody does work at such a place give me a PM so that I may submit a resume.
  6. out with the new in with the newer

    [quote name='phantom' timestamp='1310754199' post='4835749'] But it seems we are increasingly living in a world where everyone is equally right and no one can be told they are wrong for fear of hurting their poor little feelings... and frankly that is BS and it's annoying that it seems GD is going in the same direction. [/quote] Already posted a similar comment in the Comments section, but I very much agree with this. This whole conflict free stuff that is being pushed on everybody is just breeding a generation of pussys. I really hate to see what the world is going to be like in 30-40 years with the 'everybody is winner' mentality that is so rampant now. I was the fat computer nerd in high school and was picked on a lot. One day in my junior year I had enough and broke the nose of the chief bully. My life completely turned around that day. No longer was I the outcast, became friends with lots of the jocks, started working out, and lost a bunch of weight. I've never hit anybody since that day. If I had been coddled like so many young people are today I don't think I would have ever taken a stand and I would be another forever alone computer nerd still watching anime.
  7. Negative Reputation

    So now all the computer nerds have their own conflict free zone on the internet. How nice. Since I can't get down rated I have little incentive not to call people computer nerds. Quite honestly, this kind pussification is whats wrong with the youth of today.
  8. [quote name='SimonForsman' timestamp='1306246542' post='4815125'] I don't think anyone looks for self taught first but most companies will consider self taught applicants if they are impressive enough despite requiring a degree in the ads. Impressive is relative, most CS students who are interested in game development will have a few smaller freeware or opensource games under their belts when they graduate so you need to be really good or really lucky to get a foot in without a degree) Someone like Linus Torvalds for example would have gotten hired quite easily even without a degree (He and his work was quite famous internationally long before he graduated in 1996). So if you are self taught, make sure the company you want to work for knows who you are or atleast know about some of your work. (Mods can be a good option here), While it might not say much about your technical skills anything they recognize will increase the chances that they'll look more deeply at your application or give you an interview. (Having made a bunch of unreleased but very impressive tech demos is pointless if they don't even bother looking at them) [/quote] Which comes back to knowing somebody in the company who can get your resume past the HR screening. If a company was just scanning for keywords its a toss up if a pre graduate Torvalds would make the short stack or not. HR people aren't going to have time to go through every portfolio attached to a a resume nor would they necessarily know the names behind big open source projects (I sure don't and I'm more of a computer geek then your average HR drone). Once you are to the interview stage then the resume doesn't really matter as its up to your technical and personal skills to get the job. And since the OP is still in school I'm talking about new graduates and not industry veterans with half a dozen shipped games to their credit where at that point the lack of a degree wouldn't matter.
  9. [quote name='Mike2343' timestamp='1306173496' post='4814669'] Some companies look for self taught first. Having worked on open source projects or having a game you can demo is required for this though, then a test. Seen several studies that showed college/university graduates tend to make the same as high school graduates but are saddled with that lovely debt in most cases. All the companies I worked for didn't pay based on education level but on ability. College is good for making corporate drones though ;-) Yes, I'm biased, I am self taught. [/quote] Can you name some of these companies? I can't remember the last job opening I seen that didn't require a B.S. in something. The job market 10 years ago is quite different from the one today. It is also proven that people with degrees make considerably more over their lifetime then people without degrees. People with degrees generally get promoted faster and higher then people without degrees as well (hence the more money thing). Not saying you can't get a job without a degree but in todays economy you are putting yourself at a severe disadvantage if you don't. Have fun being a code monkey 15 years from now when all the corporate drones have moved on to better jobs.
  10. How Gamestop Reduces Developers' Sales

    [quote name='frob' timestamp='1306000124' post='4813913'] [font="arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"]I'm concerned about both you and your co-worker. The original post looks like either a blatant troll or an uninformed misinformation piece. As was already pointed out, there were many articles and counter-articles in a public debate on the matter about 3-5 years ago. If the COWORKER is the person with the problem, why are YOU clearly stating your own name and your employer in the first line of your grand declaration? The broad accusation "[color="#1C2837"][size="2"][size="2"][i]my name is Jordan Walker from Silver Ray Studios and I am here today to inform you...[that a multi-billion dollar global company is stealing from you[/i]" [/size][/size][/color]will do nothing but harm both you and your employer. Such a statement could easily result in a lawsuit for defamation against both you personally and against your business. Most company policies make it clear that unless you are a corporate officer or HR person, you need to make it clear that your statements have nothing to do with your company and are your own views, not theirs. Generally employment contracts are clear that violations can be grounds for termination. [/size][/font] [/quote] Their help wanted ad claims to be targeting consoles but the only thing they can offer is profit sharing its a good bet that Silver Ray Studios isn't any kind of registered company. So I don't think there is to much of a worry about getting fired over a comment. Considering the aspirations of a console release with no budget I think they can put their fears to rest about Gamestop 'stealing' their second hand game sales.
  11. Male is now the weak sex?

    With the rise of hipsters, emos and other groups who seemingly want to give off a feminine vibe with questionable clothing choices it doesn't seem like it will be to long before there won't be any "manly" men left.
  12. [quote name='avelle' timestamp='1302800594' post='4798467'] [quote name='GraySnakeGenocide' timestamp='1302798010' post='4798448'] When removing static from both methods, I get the following error: "An object reference is required for the non-static field, method or property "ConsoleApplication1.Program.ToFahrenheit(string); [/quote] My fault, I don't write console applications so ignore what I said there and keep them static. "static void ToFahrenheit(string fTemp)" and the same for Celsius should work though. [/quote] Its not that its a console app, its that Main() is a static function. Unless the conversion functions are put into a class and that class is created in Main or the functions are declared as static then Main will never be able to find them.
  13. You Know What I Wish?

    Are you a tool bag in real life or do you just play one on the internet? So not everybody likes your brand of comedy, get over it. The great thing about people is opinions vary.
  14. [quote name='way2lazy2care' timestamp='1299883927' post='4784590'] Yes, and my point is that a lot of people do it the wrong way/get lazy because agile development makes it easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. I'm highlighting a psychological problem that is more visible because of agile, not an agile problem. [/quote] Locking yourself into a design spec that was made two years ago when the full scope of how the app was going to pan out isn't the best idea either.
  15. Linux is a LIE

    [quote name='BronzeBeard' timestamp='1299347111' post='4782129'] Bah, What do you want for nothing? Rubber Biscuit? Wanting it to just work, mac: $1500. Getting it work in a usable environment only to get spyware from a porn site, windows: $300 Pulling your head out of your ass and learning to install home-brew drivers, Linux: Priceless. Money can buy you ease, but freedom is worth more than pennies. Yes I will agree linux has driver issues but... A) it's free it's free C) it's open, for you to fix it. D) it's free You learn to either work around your problems, fix it your-self, deal with it, or fork out $300 for latest windows. That being said Ubuntu sucks, get a real man's linux like Arch or Slackware [/quote] I paid $140 for the OEM version of Win7 Pro when I built this computer. And magically it just worked. I don't spend all day looking at porn or downloading torrents so malware hasn't been an issue. I payed $700 for a Mac mini and it worked even easier then Win7. I can see if you live at home, have a crappy part time job, and lots of free time that endless screwing around with Linux might seem 'fun'. I have a fulltime job and a social life, paying money for something that works makes a lot more sense. And as was stated, "free" in the corporate world generally ends up costing a lot more then just buying something that works.