mm.. that message icon was a joke (weird mood :D)
I''m 17 (started with qbasic) and now I know (real mode) asm, c++, directx (I just dropped my last project to get more into windows coding.. it featured a pretty fast graphics engine with fake translucency in mode13 coded with pure asm). I''m reading up A LOT on d3d right now. I *will* make it into the game industry NO MATTER WHAT. :D. I''ve been coding for 2 years, and most of the time I spent skateboarding .
I know my skills aren''t impressive. My point is that the average person (assuming I''m average) can learn very quickly with enough determination and the internet (books help too).
anyways... there are a lot of coders I know that don''t come here.. many are ages 12-16 and are quite skilled in [real] 3D graphics and asm. actually.. I was surprised to see that so many of the coders here are 20+ years old.. I thought I got into it too late! :D
I''m 16 years old now, I have been programming for nearly 6 years now (QBasic was first, then Turbo Pascal, then Turbo Assembler, then Delphi and now C++), I''m NOT programming in Windows, but DOS and Linux (...ok, windows too, because with the Allegro library you can port to other platforms without changing a single line of code...).
But anyhow, you didn''t get "too late" into it , because the most important factor is the skill, not the time! That''s the main idea of that reply...now I don''t know what to tell you in addition...hmmm....