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  1.   Yes, if I disagree with a dude on the internet, that tells a lot about my attitude.
  2.   My advice is that you read the forum FAQs, as was pointed out in the thread that was closed. Many of the links in sections #3 (education and preparation), #4 (getting good answers and dumb questions not to ask), and #5 (applying for a job) apply directly to the questions you asked. Section 3 talks about what you can do without a degree, why getting a degree is important (tl;dr: you are not the only job applicant), and what you can do if your life circumstances prevent you from getting a degree. Section 4 about getting good answers and dumb questions not to ask covers most of your old post and part of your current post. In this post "I don't think I have what counts", in the last topic "I have anxiety and depression from exams", "I am tired of being in this state of mine", and the wonderful line "A decade ago when I was ten I had a bad experience." If those are true then you need psychiatric help as you would be unlikely to hold ANY steady job. The FAQ covers frequent things like "Am I good enough?" "Am I too old/young/stupid?" "Is it possible?" and so on. And section 5 covers actually moving along to getting a job, applying for jobs, talking to people, and so on.     These are frequently asked. You are asking them yet again. The answers have not changed since the last time they were asked.     I never said 'A decade ago when I was ten I had a bad experience.' whatever that implies. I never asked whether I should go for a degree or not and I'm not asking whether I need psychiatric help or not.   And an answer 'It's never enough' to a question 'Is it enough?' is just plain stupid.   From all this, I was expecting something along the lines: 'No this is not enough, you should do this and this and that and with what you got you may have some chance in getting a job.', which is what Ashaman73 said.
  3.   Replying just to thank you for the post, exactly what I was looking for. Really helpful insight.
  4. Helo there, I'm interested in how much further knowledge would I need to have an entry level position at a game development company or even if what I have counts. I have been doing self-thought C++ OOP programming for about 3 – 4 years now during my spare time. I have also been using Ogre3D Graphics Engine quite extensively and I have some experience with DirectX, which I was using for at least a year. I have made a 2D game with DirectX and C++ and a 3D game with Ogre3D and C++. I've used Blender to make models and manage the scene. There are some screenshots for the thrill of it:   Any advice/comment is appreciated. Thank you.   P.S. Apparently I cannot use jokes, exaggeration, sarcasm, depression and doom and gloom like sentences. This is a repost from my last thread, hopefully now it's compliant with the rules.
  5. Helo there, I'm interested in how much further knowledge would I need to have an entry level position at a game development company or even if what I have counts. I have been doing self-thought C++ OOP programming for about 3 – 4 years now during my spare time. I have also been using Ogre3D Graphics Engine quite extensively and I have some experience with DirectX, which I was using for at least a year. I have made a 2D game with DirectX and C++ and a 3D game with Ogre3D and C++. I've used Blender to make models and manage the scene. There are some screenshots for the thrill of it: I know that this is just scraps and nowhere near to the level required in the industry, but I'd like to know your opinion. I'm retaking my exams this year as I'm currently on a gap year. I had some quite severe cases of anxiety and depression last year due to the exams and I will try to take the exams this year somehow. My grades will end up bad and I will have to defer my application for another year. I'm really tired of being in this state of mind. I remember when I was 10, I spent months trying to firgure things out and implement stuff, now I'm 19 and I spend my days trying to cram irrelevant stuff just to get a letter on a piece of paper; progress... I'll probably end up flipping burgers anyway, so any advice/comment is appreciated. Thank you.
  6. Hello,   I've been having some problems with anxiety and depression the past year or so. I had to take a break from the university to get better. Althrough I never had a problem with motivation to code before (apart from the times I realised that I sucked ) now, having motivation and the will to do anything is extremely difficult.   I wanted to know, what does motivate you to code? Is it playing other video games? The project you're working on? Your work environment? The people you work with? All the problems that need cracking? Or simply, do you just think it's your work so you have to do it?
  7. Hello,   I'm currently choosing a university where I would like to do my BSc Computer Science degree and I came across an additional accreditation, which allows to have a membership in The Chartered Institute for IT and become a chartered IT professional.   The chartered institute that I've mentioned is a British one, however there should be equivalent ones for other countries as well.   I know that chartered status is a requirement for engineers and some other positions to get a decent job in the industry. Is this of any good for a game programmer or is it just a posh title to have on your CV? Would it make any difference for an employer after graduation?   Thank you.
  8. Thanks for a response Bacterius     No one told me that, I just blindly assumed that and that's not the main reason why I chose java, it's because I was told that using something brand new is better than taking what you already know.     That's way too hard to code, isn't it? It involves a lot of physics and it won't end up being very exciting, if I would do that.     Mmm... What? How can a maze be four dimensional? Did you mean a moving maze? You're right, it's more for a psychology student, I'm not very interested in that though.   I thought this through and decided to make a game, since it's what I'm the most passionate about. All I need is a good idea that I could easily present and write about. I've came up with a fast-paced ninja game, however it doesn't sound very unique or unseen, so I'm still thinking about this , please help.   If anyone have any ideas, please drop them down here, you would help me a lot, thank you.
  9. Hi, for the past weeks I was thinking of an idea for a project associated with programming to do over the summer. This project can involve anything, from a sophisticated algorithm to a small video game, as long as I can write 5000 words about it and keep myself motivated. I enjoy mostly everything to do with video games, i.e. visual stuff and I assume you guys do to , that's why I'm asking this here.   So far I've came up with ideas, such as programming Fractals, or making a simulation of Game of Life, but these aren't very unique or exciting ideas and I assume it would be hard to write 5000 words about them.   I have 2+ years of experiance with C++/DirectX/Ogre3d Graphics Engine, but I plan to use Java for this, because I was told that doing something that I don't know is better and It's generaly easier to use Java for a project like this.   If anyone can drop an idea they think is great, bad, fun or involves some interesting maths/computing concept, any video game idea or even an inspiring website ,  please do. I would be really grateful, as this is really important to me. If I will come up with something new, I will post it here.   Thank you very much .
  10. [quote name='mdwh' timestamp='1349207326' post='4986168'] My personal experience and impression is that academic record will trump spare time hobby programming knowledge. Part of the idea is that someone with a good record can be taught to program, plus the grades are a better guarantee and objective test. That's before we consider that good A Levels give you a better chance if you want to ever work in other areas. Spare time programming knowledge is always helpful to put you above the others, all other things being equal, but I wouldn't let it sacrifice academic results. What do you plan to study at university? If you're dead set on programming, I assume something computer related, in which case, you'd be learning that there anyway. Unless you're talking about what looks good to a university, in which case, you need A Levels. [/quote] I'm planning to do a computer science degree at university. Yes, I definitely need A levels in any case and I'm not going to sacrifice my results, however many people say I should have plenty of spare time for programming, but I don't get the point where learning or practising for my A levels finish and my spare time for programming starts, since the more I work on A levels, the better my grade will be and I can't be sure that working 2 hours a day at A levels will guarantee me the best grade [quote name='noisecrime' timestamp='1349237544' post='4986272'] The obvious question is what A-levels are you studying and if programming is your passion, why does it sound like none of your A-levels are geared towards it? Surely in this day and age there must be some decent computer/programming A-levels? Clearly some courses such as Maths and Physics will be beneficial, so I would expect you'd be doing at least Maths A level too? However even if none of your A levels are geared towards programming I still don't see why you have to drop it. Plenty of spare time to keep development of your programming skills up. As to what is more relevant it depends as to what field of programming employment you want to get into. For the more creative side (games etc) I still believe that you can get much further pushing yourself, creating demo's , showing off your abilities, than any current education can do. However for more commercial side (say banking) then I would guess grades and qualifications are more important. One thing though, whilst this is an important time in your life and getting good grades can open opportunists further down the line, don't feel that your life is dependant upon what you do now. You can always go back to education, or gain certifications later in life. Indeed myself and many people I know didn't really have a clue at 18 yrs what they wanted to do or indeed where they'd end up. So self-education, further education and putting yourself through certifications is common place later in life. As long as you have drive you'll be fine. I will state though I have personally be massively disappointed in terms of the education I was provided. Granted at the time programming and computing wasn't see as valid or important as it is nowadays, but even so, O-levels and A-levels seemed geared to learning to pass the exams, whilst University was better, I still feel much if not all of the benefits I got from it was due to putting in the extra work to learn stuff on my own. I'd say in terms of my skills, knowledge and experience in programming, that has all be self- taught and hugely benefited from the internet. It has done me well, though that is partly also due to the 'work ethic' and drive I have, which I think also goes to show that its not simply about grades. [/quote] I'm doing Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computing. Computing is the only subject that should be targeted towards programming, however I already know all the programming taught on the course and it's just the theory that I need to memorise... And again, when does the work towards a better grade at A levels finish and my spare time starts? (I've mentioned it in the above reply) Yes, programming on my own is the only way to learn programming or show my skills/work/passion that is why I'm thinking whether I should keep programming. And I agree that I can get certifications later in the life, but I want to create the best situation for me to get into programming at this stage, since I already certain what I want to do. It's not only about grades, that is for sure, but there are two ways to go: either with the system, or against it. Where with the system, means going to the best university and getting the best grades that would put me at the top of the list at a job interview, wouldn't it? And against the system would be putting my programming work to a personal statement that I will have to send to the universities I will apply to, however that will mean nothing if I will get a bad grade in my A levels... So the safe and the best way would be getting the best grades from my A levels as possible as many people have said before, but it's really disappointing being stuck for 2 years perfecting some letters on a sheet of paper, when I could be improving at programming, but if the grades are really important, then I can definitely put that effort and wait that time, but I have no idea which way is right
  11. [quote name='frob' timestamp='1349203530' post='4986146'] I've never heard any game programmer say "I had too much schooling". I have heard many game programmers say "I wish I had taken a class in ..." I recommend you take full advantage of the academic environment while you have it. You won't have it for very long. [/quote] Where is the agree/like button gone? [img][/img] Thank you for a reassuring opinion. However, it's really sad to drop programming for so long time [img][/img] I could learn so much during this time [img][/img] which is the main reason while I'm thinking about this
  12. [quote name='way2lazy2care' timestamp='1349185125' post='4986047'] Preface: My understanding is that A levels are pretty much like your junior/senior year of high school in the north american system, as you are only compelled to stay in school till you are 16 in most of the UK. If I understand correctly, your A levels are a determining factor in getting into university/which university you get into. IF MY UNDERSTANDING IS INCORRECT IGNORE EVERYTHING I HAVE TO SAY. Post: In my experience, worrying about the later years of high school in north america was unnecessary stress. You shouldn't slack off, but as long as you are doing well (read: not perfect, but more than acceptable) you should be fine. Unless you have a goal of going to a very specific university, and you know that that university requires higher marks than you are getting it's really not something you should be terribly fussed about. What you miss out on by stressing is worth more than what you gain from the extra work. It's generally understood that interpersonal skills can be just as important for success as technical knowledge, so it's a really good idea to make sure you're developing those as much as your technical knowledge in either regard. Another thing worth noting is that if you plan on going to University, one thing that gets terribly overlooked by students is that it's more about developing the skills you need to teach yourself rather than being taught. As long as you aren't sacrificing your foundation or learning how to teach yourself, learning new skills/knowledge isn't that difficult in the majority of situations. It is, however, very difficult to take advantage of all the things you won't be so keen to do once your body starts feeling old and you aren't in an environment where social opportunities are popping up constantly. tldr; Don't sacrifice the opportunities unique to the temporary environment around you in order to gain something you could gain simply in an environment with less opportunitie [/quote] So you mean that I should try to gain the best I can from the environment I'm in at the moment, or in other words, drop programming? What did you mean by developing interpersonal skills and social opportunities? [quote name='mdwh' timestamp='1349193647' post='4986079'] I don't see why it isn't possible to do both... I wouldn't sacrifice A Levels. I mean, there's obviously the whole question of work/life balance (no one spends 100% of their time on education), but I wouldn't deem them as something that can be dropped. If you view them as that unimportant, why are you taking them? A Levels determine what University you can get in. They'll also be used by your first job interviews if you're applying before you've taken your final exams, as well as perhaps influencing starting salary - and perhaps be used as an indicator after that. Even if you do forget the work, they're still an indication of your capability and potential. I'm not sure saying "Well I could have done better, I just slacked off because I preferred to work on something else" is a great interview answer... [/quote] Don't get me wrong, I consider A levels very important, however I've heard that even after university people don't have enought programming experience or knowledge to get a job.
  13. Hello, I've just started my A-levels this September in UK that take up most of my time (usually all) and therefore I stopped programming, which I was doing quite intensively before . I am sure that after the end of my A levels, I will forget most of what I have learnt during the past three years (which is quite a lot ) I really need advice or any guidance on this, is it more important getting a better grade at A levels, or keep improving at programming? (Since there are around 365 days in a year, every day – a new concept/technique = 365 new concepts/techniques ) Would be grateful for any advice or personal experience Thanks.
  14. Hello I created a 2D game with Direct 9 on one machine (desktop), which has a maximum of 1280x1024 pixels resolution, however, when creating, I only used 800x600 windowed mode. Today, I tried to move the game to my laptop, which is widescreen with a maximum of 1366x768 pixels. The window that my game creates appears to be smaller on the laptop than on the desktop and all the sprites, including the 800x600 background sprite also look small and very low resolution, can anyone help? please, I really need this game working for tomorrow [img][/img]