Fang Talks

Fun for the whole family!

Nah, I’m not talking about my life. My life’s pretty decent.

I’m talking about my study here. Been game developing (or hanging around in communities dedicated to that) for the past week or so. It’s been great, I’ve already learned a lot about how Unity works, I got introduced to C# (one of the better languages, as far as I’m aware) in a fun and engaging way, and hell, I’ll probably start learning 3D modeling soon! It was all so fun, and even for the very basic, really interesting things were used, so the “hurray” bonus you got after learning everything was really huge!

If we take a look at how my study’s going though, it’s a way different story. If we take a look at the Java programming course alone, it’s hella boring actually. Sure I wasn’t expecting them to teach us how to make fancy games or anything, but most of what we’re doing boils down to making simple interfaces for simple systems that store a bunch of information, and print it out if you so request. And all that in rather clunky ways, too. If that’s what my job’ll end up being, then I’m out of here! I want to make useful programs for the masses, not some obscure, specific interface for the local hospital or something. Sure it’d be neat, but I’d like something more interesting than that. The pacing in that course is terrible, too, since they assume everyone starts with zero knowledge. Understandable, but they should’ve accounted for a few wiz-kids.

Aside from that, the other courses are downright stupid. I can see why you need to be able to do proper planning, be able to explain what you’re going to do to someone with zero coding knowledge, and know how to work with a team. I completely understand those are necessary skills. But there’s so much emphasis on them. It’s probably because of the whole “IT guys are autistic” thing which made them focus on teaching about communication in the first place. Ugh. It just all isn’t interesting. I don’t enjoy going to school all that much, and I often have trouble staying awake in class. I want to do something, accomplish things. That just isn’t happening in the context of school right now.

Maybe I need to seriously start thinking of switching next year. Maybe keep doing Computer Science, but at a University. Maybe the pacing will be better suited to me. Then again, I don’t want to have to sweat my way through the courses. I want things to be chill, like they are right now. …I’m asking opposite things, aren’t I?
Or maybe I should go and do game development? Nah. That stuff’s usually really strict, and really, really busy. Hard, fast-paced, you know, the things I want from my study, but at the same time would prefer not getting.

Or I could go man-mode. Stop studying, spend all my time developing things, and make a living that way.
~ Fang


  • 04/03/2013 (9:22 PM)

    Hobby projects are always more fun and one always learns more than from any lectures or practicals. In that sense, university wouldn’t be different. There’s just probably more buddies there, interested in making a nice game project together.

    Me too, me too .. once this satellite project is finished. =)

  • 04/03/2013 (6:00 PM)

    No matter what school you go to, you’re going to have BS classes you won’t like. When I went to school (I have a degree in Information System Security) I had to take a class on saving the environment. I kid you not. And I got a D, because I know nothing about environmentalism. The class genius passed with a C. He got the highest grade of all of us.

  • 04/03/2013 (12:39 PM)

    Studies always important. Got to keep that in mind.

  • 04/03/2013 (8:43 AM)

    Man-mode is awesome but risky. I’d keep going to classes but keep working on those games in your spare time. If either goes sour, you can always fall back on the other.

    Keep your options open right?

  • 04/03/2013 (2:09 AM)

    Well it sounds like you really do need to think about what you’re going to do. School is going way too slow for you and while I would normally preach patience, I’m pretty sure the school year has been going on long enough for you to move on to other things now. Other, more advanced, things. I would suggest considering doing more productive things in your free time like your game and web developing, make sure they can actually be backups and contingencies before deciding to just kiss goodbye to school. Stick with school for now, but also keep to your extra-cirricular activities at your own pace. Sneak your dev work in to school so you aren’t falling asleep in class and have something to do while you’re bored waiting for everyone else, including the teachers, to get to your level.

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