Well... Hello, I'm John, I'm 18, and I've always aspired to do some form of entertainment media. For a long time, I was undecided between films and gaming, but I've finally decided on gaming (about a year ago actually) due to the fact there is more room to place things, little tidbits, quality. A film is limited to 2 hours usually, and I just couldn't see myself being able to work within those sort of limitations. Thus, the interactivity and somewhat loose limits of gaming intrigued me. I'm currently actively partaking in a Game Design course through Mountwest Community and Technical Center (MCTC) in Huntington, WV. It kicks ass, and we're moving into our new campus in the Spring! I'm currently looking for a team to either start an indie project or begin modding with. Thus far, my skills are mostly in Mapping, although I'm looking to improve in all areas. I play music in my spare time, enjoy motorcycles, cars and mechanical things of all sorts.
The way I see it, programming at all is tricky business. It takes a knowledge toolbag of sorts, as a basis you need a certain amount of ever-present things that you can link together like Legos and contort to your needs. These things go in your toolbag and you bring 'em out to tackle anything you might need to do. But it's not always so simple, cause I doubt you'd bring out the trusty nailgun to re-work kitchen sink plumbing...
Unrealscript is just something else though. Like going to the beach, you throw a pale in your bag and head off to build your magnificent sand castle. Without a beach for your castle to stand and depend on, you won't get a castle. But without your tools and own creative flair, nobody's going to like your Facebook pics of the same old sandy beach...
Woo! Got a new GPU recently, snagged a EVGA GTX 460 SE SC for cheap recently and got it installed. Computer's running graphics-heavy apps and most games gorgeously now, even on the pre-historic Pentium D CPU. Got some computer build plans together as well, as follows:
CPU: Pentium D 2.8GHz Dual-Core
GPU: EVGA GTX 460 SE SC 1GB GDDR5 VRAM
MOBO: Intel 945P Chipset
RAM: 512MB x2
PSU: Corsair 500w
OS: Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3
Relatively stock Dell XPS 400 from a while back, not a huge problem, most people trash these computers but mine has outlasted every single one of my friends' built/bought systems AND given me less problems with more solid and consistent performance, so I'm relatively satisfied with it overall... But, its coming time to finally upgrade to something beefier, with more space and better capability of keeping step with ever progressively more complex graphics. So, I had this little build blue-print in mind:
CPU: Intel Core i5-540
GPU: GTX 460 SE SC 1GB DDR5 VRAM x2 in SLI mode
MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55
RAM: 4GB Kingston DDR3 x1 (subject to change, dependent on OS)
PSU: Antec High Current Pro 1200w
I'm honestly unsure on the OS. I'm hungry for the new DX10/11 features, but I'm fond of my nice stable XP, so I'm just really torn... But I think that will keep me pretty satisfied for a while... Write in if you see any problems or have any suggestions. :D
Yeah, I hate blogging haha... Nothing ever became of Samantha, but she was a loopy bitch and girls are easy to find on campus so its whatevs. Just cruising along really, I'm in a beginner level C++ course and I'm learning UnrealScript in my spare time, as well as juggling work, cars, modeling here and there, life, etc. No current projects that are a main push but I do have a fairly burly one I'm plugging along at a little at a time. Using it mainly to teach myself UDK but if I could assemble a team, it would be quite the little game.
My first active day as an MCTC student was today. Man, it was badass... 11am was Intro to Gaming. Since its the first day, we had a whole introduction period where we got acquainted with the professor and discussed what exactly we would gain from the next two semesters, in this class... They're going to teach me Game Logic, how to develope, write out and build ideas, to use Adobe Flash and Actionscript... I actually in formed the professor and his colleague (whom were oblivious to its existence) of ModDB here. :D Overall, an awesome class full of awesome people.
Next was College 101. COL 101, for short, is now a forced class. Every MCTC/University student must have completed this class to graduate. Needless to say, to any of you who may know me even remotely, this didn't make me all that happy. The class pertains in no way whatsoever to any of my long-term Gaming Industry or Business Industry goals. Although, the people there were friendly as well and according to the professor's introductory speech, I'll learn how to make the right decisions and things of that nature... Don't really need that, I take good care of myself as is. But the class will also delve very in-depth, into studying skills and tips and tricks like that. Should definitely come in useful on down the road, especially in the next few years. On another negative, the class costs $170 + $50 for the book. On the positive, its basically a free 3 hours of credit. Easy shit...
Last, but not least... IT 101, Computer Fundementals. Awesome, awesome professor. I had trouble finding the classroom (or "assroom" as some hallway signs are modified to say xD) because some dick told me I was in the wrong classroom and I spent 20 minutes looking for IT 101, when I had the right room in the first place. But... It wasn't all bad. It's also an easy class... I'm going to learn to use email (lmao), Microsoft Word (still roflcoptering), Microsoft Excell, and Microsoft Access. Shouldn't be TOO hard, plus its also fairly full of awesome people and this cute Samantha chick who was sending me some looks :D I'll have to catch up with her on Wednesday ;)