Hello everyone! I'm Voltano, a new game developer but not so new to the world of programming. In a way I'm kind of a game developer since I was a kid (though not that good, as I learned over the years).
I started getting into programming in my Sophomore year of High School. I started with BASIC on my computer via self-teaching and then realized I could use a similar programming language on my CASIO graphics calculator at school. I was able to build a simple combat engine for "Dungeons & Dragons" in my calculator with my skill. From there I have started teaching myself C++, until I started taking official classes on the language at BGSU Firelands. Now I consider myself experienced with C++, C#, and ActionScript, with the ability to pick up any new language quite easily.
I guess my career with game design started before I typed on a keyboard. I loved my Super Nintendo console but I couldn't afford any games for it. But I had a lot of great ideas for games while playing the few I could try out that I made my own paper & pencil RPGs in my youth. Today I still do it as a hobby. I haven't published one yet, but it has made me do research on what paper & pencil RPGs I could obtain (mainly Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun, and Pathfinder) to craft my own game.
As of right now I'm still experimenting with making video games, though I have made a few in my college career. I've recreated Think-A-Dot and Asteroids in Flash via ActionScript, and Klax in XNA. Right now I'm currently working on a graphical roguelike game in XNA and just scheming of what to do with the AI. I have a blog where I write up articles on my thoughts of the game industry (The Game Scientist), which also has a link to a few games I made. I'm hoping to find a place where I can offer downloads of my games so people could try them out and see my work instead of a screenshot for now.
Right now I'm still in college finishing my last year, getting a bachelors degree for Computer Science. I'm interested in any kind of work if anyone needs a programmer. I reside in Ohio with my family, so if there are any game developers in this area I would love to hear from you. Thank you for reading my long introduction post!