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Why becoming a game programmer?

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#21 Captain Goatse   Banned   


Posted 05 January 2000 - 04:56 AM

What kind of fame? All you get is sweaty nerds! Yach!
Teenage girls after 16 are something, boy!

#22 DarkMage139   Members   


Posted 22 January 2000 - 09:48 AM

Reply to Arch@on''s message.

Hey, I''m a teenager, and I''m friends with a lot of girls (heck, I''m friends with all the good-looking girls). Everyone from around like, 13 to 17.

Besides, how many "sweaty nerds" know karate and martial arts (I think I qualify for a brown belt, at least on the Judo standard).

Keep in mind that not all "nerds" are like what you see some movies. Sometimes the only thing we share is our knowledge of math, and our ability to program.

#23 Anonymous Poster_Anonymous Poster_*   Guests   

Posted 22 January 2000 - 10:19 AM

I became a games programmer because the opportunity arose, and I couldn''t see myself saying anything but ''yes''

Its not the money - most people I know with similar skills & qualifications earn more...

It IS the lifestyle I want. I don''t wear a suit, I don''t have to arrive on the dot of 9am, and I get to do something I really like doing all day.

Personally, if I am making enough money to live, and I''m *happy* - then I''m a winner. I know heaps of people that are unhappy in their jobs, or just can''t take the 9-5 drudge, and I know how much more relaxed I am than them.
(except at RTM time, when things get a little crazy!)

This doesnt mean you have to be a games programmer to be happy, but for some people (like myself) - it''s the perfect job.


#24 I-Shaolin   Members   


Posted 22 January 2000 - 07:13 PM

I don''t think that there is really anything new I can add to this discussion, but here''s my take.

For me, the ultimate goal of a career is to get paid for what you love doing. This is exactly what a game programming career is. I get to work with people who are just like me on projects that are incredible.

Face it, when I go to work, I don''t have to deal with suits telling me to cut my hair or wear better clothes. Hell, my boss who is the owner of the company wears jeans and a T-shirt (just like me).

Also, I get to work with technology that no one outside of the game industry can. How else can you program for the Dreamcast?

And as far as the money issue goes. Who the Hell cares? I get paid very well for doing something that I would do anyway. And this way, I can devote all my energies toward game programming. Far more energy I could if I had to spend all day programming some "Intranet Solution."

#25 Mr_Black   Members   


Posted 27 January 2000 - 09:16 PM

I don''t know if this has already been posted, but here is my $0.02 on this issue. A lot of people have been mainly talking about game engine development. There is another side to game development, tools. And programming these is just like programming "business apps". I recently downladed a copy of a Game Programming lecture form Robert Huebner and one of the key parts of developing a game that he list is ''Game tools''. In it he states that ''Tools should account for 50% of your programming effort" apparently Jedi Knight was 50% tools, 50% engine. I know that the first games that you create wont need that many tools, but your later ones may.

I''m not trying to deture any one from game programming just trying to make sure everyone keeps there eyes open and not blinkered.

As I said just my $0.02 or seeing as I''m from the UK that should be 0.02p!

#26 I-Shaolin   Members   


Posted 28 January 2000 - 12:00 PM

Yes, there is a lot of tools development in game programming, but I would rather program a level editor than some COM interface for a databse (I interviewed for a job just like this).

Edited by - I-Shaolin on 1/28/00 6:02:55 PM

#27 Gecko   Members   


Posted 28 January 2000 - 12:25 PM

I would have to say that game programming is a creative outlet. i have always been creative and artistic, but i was never very good at art. i got into things like D&D and Programming because they are art forms, and a way for me to let out the "inner artist". So for me its really just art on a technical level. plus its fun as HELL! gotta admit that feeling you get when you see something you wrote finally work is amazing!


#28 GalaxyD   Members   


Posted 29 January 2000 - 02:36 AM

Simple question, simple answer:
Why becoming a game programmer?
Because I don''t have the literary skill to write a book and I don''t have the money to make a movie...

2 cents from me...



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