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  1. L. Spiro

    rotating using trig functions

    Based off your posts and code, I feel you are unqualified to make that assessment, and the most likely problem is that you do not know when and how to ask questions or to get help in general, as you demonstrate repeatedly here. Even now you are unable to ask questions, and I was one of the very last who had faith that you were sincere in your efforts, but I am now convinced you are just an obnoxious troll. Having these kinds of problems after this long can only be intentional. So now that the joke is over, perhaps you can just leave us alone now? I'm not sure why it is funny to troll a community that is just aiming at helping people make the video games that all humans enjoy, but it's either that or you know "sin(), cos(), glVertex3f(), * = multiply, I should push/pop matrices, begin/end things evenly," and yet you somehow completely have literally no concept what-so-ever as to even barely begin to ask a question, which would be suspicious on its own, but from someone in a field where asking questions is 1,000% necessary, and the answers always more complex than how to ask a question? Enough is enough. Even if you were legitimate (hint: you're not), it wouldn't matter because you can't ask questions, so why would anyone bother trying to help you go into an industry (or pursue a hobby project or whatever) in which you need to be able to ask questions? When people come here and ask how to make X big game, we don't start giving them advice on how to do the 10th step until they have demonstrated completion/understanding/mastery of the first 9 steps. We call that trying to run before you can walk. Right now, knowing how to ask a question is walking, and no one should be trying to help you get past anything else. Why are we applying a different standard here? I am interested in helping people program, not in teaching them the basics for being a human. When you decide to stop trolling, I may still be willing to help with your code, assuming you knock the crap off soon enough that I haven't gotten completely utterly sick of your act (hint: stop trolling soon or I will not be the only one who abandons you fully). L. Spiro
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    Japanese Dining Etiquette

    Sometimes you will not know whether their reactions are bewilderment because of your mistakes or surprise because you got it right. In many cases the correct answer is: Your way. For example eating pizza with bare hands, regardless of what they think about it, etc. As for french fries, I personally always used fingers, and I have observed others using forks and fingers. I do not specifically recall seeing anyone using chopsticks. L. Spiro
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    What do game testers learn?

    You learn how to trigger common bugs, you learn where bugs might be hiding, you learn what information to include in a report, you learn what to seek, etc. If you stay in a single company, then this knowledge may lean towards their games (you may find patterns that indicate possible bugs but only because you know how Rick on the 20th floor codes (it's always Rick, isn't it?)), but at least some of it is always globally applicable. The task of a tester is to keep finding new bugs, they get fixed, and then the tester tests again to confirm. Through conversations with artists, programmers, musicians, and designers the testers learn which of these fields is most interesting to the tester for his or her future, and how to apply said field in the context of video games. Through conversation, you may find out why certain design choices were made etc., and these discussions will make you a better designer in the future than if you just sat and played games, or a better programmer in the future because you got some good in-house advice etc. L. Spiro
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    What are you working on?

    You forgot to tell me all the details about the plot. Go ahead, I have my notebook. Muhu- muhu- MUHUHAHAHAHAHAAA! Mu- mu- muhuHAHAHAHAHAA. Mu- mu- mwahahahahahaaaaaa!!! MWAHAHAHAAmu-mu-MWAAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! L. Spiro
  5. The original post can’t possibly justify 11 pages. This needs to be split or closed. L. Spiro
  6. If you are focused only on bragging rather than helping then you should not post. This is no longer in the realm of just giving a personal example to buttress your point; you’re only trying to compete now and it is not helpful. People do not only chase money, and clearly what you think is important in life is not a consideration shared by many. To the original poster, do not get mislead. Salary is not the most important thing in the world, and even if it were luck is equally a factor. Nothing about a degree guarantees success or salary, and likewise having no degree does not guarantee low success and salaries. All of life is a balancing act between what skills you equip yourself with, how you position yourself (when and where), and how well you spot micro-opportunities that add up (for example knowing early on that you need to stay close to someone (and later ending up making the deal of a lifetime because of said contact)). Whether you pursue money or whatever else, there are always multiple routes there. Imagine all the physically based rendering research being done. I worked with Yoshiharu Gotanda (a popular researcher in this field who frequently gives talks at Siggraph and releases new rendering algorithms: http://research.tri-ace.com/) at tri-Ace and he is a mathematical genius (hence his works and contributions). He also dropped out of high school and did not attend a university. L. Spiro
  7. No need to get so worked up, @Rutin. What @Fulcrum.013 is saying doesn’t make him or her insightful, it simply makes him or her wrong. At one point he or she made this claim: Since the above is factually false (where did they learn before universities? Who taught Newton? Since math describes the universe, it is open for exploration equally to all, and it is entirely possible to teach one’s self, even if that means reading a book), @Fulcrum.013 seems to want to take a hard-line stance on what is required to be a programmer for some kind of ego boost, most likely to say, “Grr! I went through the time and money and I can’t accept how much of a waste it is so I will pretend it was the most essential thing in the universe!!” You should not let someone work you up who has his or her own entirely different set of motives when offering “advice,” and @Fulcrum.013’s goal here is clearly only to shame anyone who was smart enough to follow through with the purpose of school (to get a job) and thus to stop school before it gets needlessly time-consuming and expensive. It’s just important that the people reading his or her posts realize this as well. L. Spiro
  8. I don't see the big deal. I dropped out of high school and have no degree of any kind in any field. If you have experience then you are missing a portfolio, not a degree, and certainly never ever will there ever be a need for a master's. It's weird that you even considered it. I have a very hard time justifying that level of education given that I've always been higher-paid than anyone in any of my previous companies who is pursuing a master's, even when they are older, but especially when I am older. We are talking about something that put us both in the same company and yet at the same age gave me a higher salary, while giving them a higher debt with a smaller salary to use for paying it off. Meanwhile, I'm a "senior" in the same company at the same age, simply because I relied on workplace experience to rise through the ranks. You can see the issue here. You may have gotten into the mindset that school is useful for preparing for your future. You need to remember that at some point you are in your future, and school is no longer relevant. As Hodgman mentioned, papers are needed (or useful) to live overseas, but I took a 1-year vocational course to get a simple diploma in "Computer Programmer." Thanks to a simple diploma that I got in 1 year I have lived and worked in Thailand, France, Japan, the UK, and America. This industry is about what you can demonstrate. You will never need more than a portfolio and your work experience. L. Spiro
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    Should I work in HCL?

    Not without asking your cousin and getting generally more information overall. There is no reason your unknowns need to be unknowns before you make a decision. If you think something is a scam, get information on it and determine if you are correct. There are a lot of things here you need to answer for yourself before any of us can help you. If it is the same as what you are doing but better, then go for it. Game testing is not just playing games, but that doesn't mean it is a scam; a manager could just be being facetious. I personally do not accept commutes of over 1 hour, no exceptions. It seems to me you should be asking someone who works there about these things, and you know someone who works there, so there is not much we can do. L. Spiro
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    Taking the First Step

    If this is an online text game then why wouldn't you use mIRC and code it in mIRC Script? Your goal right now is just to learn programming concepts, which you can do easily enough via mIRC Script, while mIRC handles the online communication and interaction for you. It is easy to get people in to play your game, and that is most important. It's how I got my start before I did any real coding, so I know from personal experience that it is easy to get going, easy to get results, easy to get people to come try it out, and easy to switch to C++ when you are ready for a real language. L. Spiro
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    What are you working on?

    If I get to rule the world, you will get a little dog basket bed. With your name on it!!!! I forgot the manga. So yes I am working on this manga. Takes place in the future, Japan. Can't give too many details, but here are some teasings. (Right-to-left reading.) The panels will read roughly: Top row: She is walking, minding her own business. A flash catches her attention in the 2nd row. Middle row: Everyone is surrounding her, taking her picture. Then suddenly they all stop and go on about their businesses. Bottom row: She falls. "What? How could this-? Why me? How??" She pulls out her phone. A man answers. "Hi honey. Are you crying? What happened?" Satomi replies, "I've been snapped." First panel (upper right) needs to be redone as this takes place in the future on a very changed Earth. The lovely young woman minding her own business after her shift at the hospital is Satomi. Her husband: Hospital guard: The friendliest non-suspicious janitor you ever saw: If there is a hero to this story obviously this guy either is or is not that hero. Obviously. Also working on a superhero web comic: L. Spiro
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    Creating a language - Static Libraries

    You do some work when creating the .EXE, as you have to build your import and export tables, but that is all done via your own custom routines if it is your own custom language and compiler. Once you have a .EXE your work is done. Windows will use the offset table to write the correct function addresses into the correct locations in your code (or commonly a simple array of function addresses will be updated) based off your import table. This is not your run-time task. There is no black magic on your side. L. Spiro
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    Creating a language - Static Libraries

    I don’t see the problem. If your binaries are meant to run on Windows (regardless of the language that compiled them) then you typically will end up with a standard .EXE which will be loaded and set to run like any other. This means you will necessarily be linking to the standard Windows libraries and the offsets will be fixed during run-time by Windows after loading your file. Even if you have some other plan and you don’t want to call the Windows provided GetProcAddress(), implementing it manually is fairly easy. Also note that the addresses of the most crucial Windows API functions are static across all executables of a platform (x86 or x64), so parsing just enough to get at those functions is even more trivial, but again I am not sure of the necessity. If you plan to run on Windows then you will make a .EXE file and all the work is done. L. Spiro
  14. How hard is it to post your code? Why is this like extracting teeth? Do you just not want help? How are we supposed to move forward? You claimed that your code matches what is in your first post, but unlike then, now your code gives you an unhandled exception, so something has changed. POST YOUR CODE. L. Spiro
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