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    Long time away

    How's everyone doing in GDNET Lounge?  I've been away from here for a looong time, thinking maybe I might need to dust off my video game programming chops and get back at it!
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    So who is still around these days?

    I remember you very well actually and it seems like just yesterday you were online. I'm actually an old timer but you don't know who I am and I'm not telling! =P [/quote] ... Yoda??? =)
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    So who is still around these days?

    I guess you would consider me to be an old timer-- not sure if you remember me though! Nontheless, i'm still around here and there in read-only mode. If anyone cares for an update, I don't really do anything game-dev related anymore, I sold out and became a project manager in the financial world.
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    Best platform for motion-sensing games

    Have you tried dance central (preferably drunk with friends)? It's a life changing experience. [/quote] I have SingStar Dance, and though I haven't manage to terrorize friends with it yet, I have played with my wife watching and she gets a huge kick out of it. I've performed such hits as "Step By Step" and "Poker Face" lol. ..And.. I just admitted that on a public forum..
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    Best platform for motion-sensing games

    I have a Wii and PS3. I was never quite happy with the Wii, so I tried Move on PS3. My opinion? I love it! It's everything that I wanted from Wii - high precision, the great graphics that PS3 already had, cool games... I highly recommend it. The system is pretty much 100% accurate, as opposed to the flailing around and halfway accurate approach that seems to come from Wii. For instance, in "The Fight", you need to punch like a real person and it perfectly mimics it. With boxing games on the wii, you can do other motions to "fool" it. The only thing is that you mentioned that it is "Cheap" to do Move.. that wasn't my case at all. Look at it this way -- you get the starter pack for 100$, an extra controller (many games require 2 for one player), 50$, then 2 more controllers so another player can play, $100 more, then a game.. 50$... $300!!!!! For my purposes, Ps3 move is way better than Kinect(games dont match with my interests), and Wii(Inferior technology).
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    Internships at Lockheed Martin

    Quote:Original post by isometrixk Quick background: I'm persuing my degree in Computer Science and transferring credits to Virginia (moved here fairly recently). I am currently 26 and looking for internships at a Lockheed branch right near me while going to school. Is this considered a late age for applying for internships? My father is suggesting at this point, with no degree yet, to try and find entry level positions for smaller companies and take a temporary leave of school. Which in my mind makes absolutely no sense. I would assume at 26 I could use my age as an advantage towards scoring a decent internship at a more profound company such as Lockheed Martin. Also, I would like to know how did you go about handling school AND work? I have to work full time and I learned real quick that working full time and going to school full time is so hard and my poor grades did not reflect my capabilities as a student. The easy solution is to just goto school part time then...ok, I could do that but I really don't want to. Assuming that I cut my credits per semester in half, that would change my 2 years left of school into 4 years (apprx). And I refuse to be 30 when I obtain my degree. Please share serious suggestions and/or personal experiences in relations to this matter. Thank you in advance. I went back to school at a pretty late age (25) to get a second degree, and here are some of my experiences: Lockheed was actually a company that a lot of people went to from my school (lockheed, ernst & young, and Merrill Lynch were the three biggies). I interned at Merrill the summer before year before I would have graduated, and made the same amount as people made as a starting salary. They kept me onboard as a part time employee until I graduated, after which I had an offer for full time. My age didn't negatively affect me in any way, if anything it helped. (plus it's not like you are THAT much older than your peers. Most people didn't know I was older than them until I told them.) At Merrill I got 60k/year as an intern/part time (pro-rated of course), and a bonus. (i think the bonus was a couple thousand). It's probably more now. I'm pretty sure Lockheed should be comparable. Conclusion: Go for it! You can make 13k or more over the summer, and if you can do a good time and negotiate to stay on part time or continue interning over the school year, you'll be flush with cash. I managed to sock away most of what I made and buy an engagement ring that summer! :)
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    Can someone help me name my API?

    Graphical Open Application Textured Scene Emulator FTW [Edited by - ktuluorion on December 22, 2010 8:36:40 PM]
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    Was I the only one who thought they might get hit with hello.jpg when they clicked into this thread? Am I the only one who REMEMBERS hello.jpg? Lol.
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    where's that funny guy?

    Quote:Original post by owl Quote:Original post by Don Carnage No, Tim and his many aliases (see http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/topic.asp?topic_id=583565) hasn't been by for ages. There's a couple of threads somewhere about funny characters from these forums... Maybe the olden days were funnier, but I think also much more frustrating for the mods [smile] Quote:Original post by ChurchSkiz Quote:Original post by ktuluorion Yoda was my hero.... I prefer a more wholesome hero...like herpes. lol He's still my hero!!! :) LUV U TIM!!!! YODA IS TEH BEST POPPET!!!
  10. Here are two options you might want to look into: Asus EEE PC, which is a laptop where the screen swivels around to be a touchscreen. The other is the Sony Reader PRS-900 (daily edition). It's an E-reader that I own, and it comes with a stylus and is touchscreen. I believe you can take notes on the touchscreen with the stylus. It's also a really nice device if you like to read, and you can flip pages with a normal page flipping motion since it is all touchscreen, so it still feels a lot like a real book. Hope that helps!
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    Anyone Familuire With The Colleges in New Jersey?

    I have degrees from Rutgers and The College of New Jersey. I know a lot of people from both schools that have become really successful. TCNJ got *me* personally a way better job -- I got recruited to Merrill Lynch out of tcnj, along with about 25% of the other CS graduates (we only graduated about 12-13 people that year). I'd say that's pretty good placement. There is Seton Hall and NJIT in Newark, as well as a Rutgers Campus. From what i've seen, though, it seems like Rutgers graduates get better jobs than SH and NJIT.
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    Anyone remember StickSoldiers?

    Yoda was my hero....
  13. Quote:Original post by superpig I've been reliably informed that rendering speed increases if you cast fireballs instead of rays. You need to really get into it though - stand in front of your computer, do the appropriate hand wriggles, and shout 'FIREBALL!' The more passion and energy you put into it, the faster your rendering will become. HA-DOU-KEN!!!!!
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    Living & Renting in New York City

    Quote:Original post by djz How does living & renting in New York compare to other major cities in the US? From what I've read, prices are outrageous, and the spaces are tiny. Is there such a thing as an "affordable" condo there? ( less than $400,000 to purchase ) - I'm guessing nothing in Manhattan, but what about Queens or Brooklyn? As far as monthly rent goes, is a "Studio" apartment for $1000/mo something you would see in any of the burroughs? From the prices and stories I've read, I'm shocked that anyone can afford to live there! What's the lifestyle like? What's the job market like for programmers, or information technology professionals? Are most of the white-collar jobs located in Manhattan? Are wages typically higher than elsewhere in the states to compensate for the higher cost of living? For those who live(d) there and have lived elsewhere or travelled much, how would you rate NY City as a place to live compared to places like Vancouver / Seattle / LA / Toronto / Montreal or London? You generally earn more in/around New York. There are tons of technology jobs in the NY area. Many are in the financial sector (which I am in). You might be able to find a small studio for a bit more then that.. I would say more like $1400/mo. Not sure about actually buying houses. Lifestyle: NY is busy, there's always something to do. Basically, if you want it, it is there. I've never been to most of those cities, but I think it's pretty similar to something like London or Barcelona.
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    Interview @ Google

    Quote:Original post by Rydinare Quote:Original post by ktuluorion Man, I don't know if you guys are a bunch of crazy code nerds, or my experience has been a little different than some of the rest of the world's. I went to Merrill Lynch out of school, and EVERYONE had a suit to interview with them. I realize that is a bank, and not a more "nerdy, loose" culture, but every interview i've ever had (except for when I was young and interviewed at pizza hut and a video store) I wore a suit to. I can't believe that people think it would be a detriment -- let's look at it from Dave's point of view. Dave - "This guy cares. He made the effort to have everything in place, wear a suit, have his hair done well. He obviously puts the effort into what he does to make sure that every detail is in place. On the other hand, person B has hair standing up, and didn't have the attention to detail to put it down." Not that i'm making fun of the guy with the hair, but I just feel like in the real world(tm) being able to be attentive to detail and being a good business person is more important than being a brilliant programmer savant. Once again, the hole in my theory is that half of my interviews have been in tech at wall st. firms, and the others have all been other fairly professional places. On an unrelated note, I would love to be able to wear shorts, t-shirt, and bare feet to work. That would rock. Hi. You got the wrong impression. Personally, I'm apparently in the minority here, but I would've preferred to wear a suit. I was specifically asked not to, because it would be considered weird in their environment. As far as the hair, you make a valid point, it was a stupid oversight, but something I normally don't obsess about because I hadn't had that problem before. I was on two hours sleep and missed it. Oh well, you learn. I mentioned it because it was amusing, in retrospect, but you seem to have taken it further than it was intended. So, if it helps you, ignore my initial post. As for being a good business person, like you said, it's highly dependent on where you work. Also, I didn't meet anyone named Dave. [smile] Don't get the wrong impression -- I wasn't being critical of you. I definitely understand the lack of sleep thing and oversights. I was more just commenting on the (mindblowing to me) concept that there are interviews for professional jobs where you wouldn't wear a suit. I understand that maybe i'm wrong, but I always just viewed it as a given. As an aside, i've probably mentioned IRL to about 3 people this thread, particularly the jedi knight interview. Thx Gamedev!
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