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It's just dawning on me how important this community was to my growth as a teen

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« on: November 01, 2016, 05:19:36 pm »

Hello everyone, it's been a long time.

Been lurking every once in a while, thought I'd share a bit what's happening on my side.

I'm in 4th year Software Engineering now, still one year to go. I have managed to maintain my GPA at 4.16/4.3, and getting some scholarships every once in a while.
I've spend 8 months working at EA Sports on NHL15 in 2014, that was a blast. Next summer I'll probably be working at EA Motive, the new Montreal studio.
I'm in a game development student association, and I was appointed Lead Programmer, giving me tons of responsabilities and making me the reference about development and experience in the industry. Being involved has made me much more sociable, and I now have a pretty good reputation at my school. I'm also the main contact point between my school and Ubisoft.
With the club, I'm participating to various coding competitions, and we've gotten staff picks for 3 of them, and won one of them in May. Next winter I'll participate to a big competition and we really hope to gain a lot of prizes.
I've been in a relationship for the past 6 months, with a wonderful girl (name's Sophie) who is making my life amazing. We're constantly together, I'm spending half my time at her place, and we are extremely close. We have been friends for 8 months before going out together, so it has grown really steadily and I think it has helped us get to know each other. I am really proud to be with her.
In April of this year, I went, with my girlfriend and 6 other students, to UK and Ireland as an ambassador to my school, and for 2 weeks we met with schools and companies to develop partnerships. Who would've guessed that Shymon would ever become a public speaker haha. Still can't believe it myself.
I have also completed my first full game. It's a co-op/competitive game I've been working on since January 2013. Has beautiful graphics, is translated in 7 languages, and I was the only programmer on the team. It's not available yet and I don't think it ever will be because I left the team and they've decided to remake it completely. But I have been presenting my version at various indie meetups and it has been really cool. I am slowly getting more and more recognition from the industry and I feel it is making my future prospects look very favorable.
I think that's pretty much it, I still have my share of worries and insecurities, but I have been trying to keep myself busy and this has worked out well for me.

I am really grateful that I got to know this community and all of you guys. I feel you were around during the times in which I felt doubt concerning my own future and feelings. Chatting with you guys, playing with you guys, sometimes arguing with you guys, have shaped me as an individual and got me to grow in a lot of respects. I have learned to mature as a person while keeping my heart young. And I am so happy about that.

Thank you all for having been there for me, and for accepting me with all my excentricities and long posts.


Congrats Rosim Smiley EA, though? Ouch (you saw it coming)

I really regret not following the game dev path. I won a few dev contests in uni and got close to some studios but for some reason I just didn't follow it. My best friend ended up moving to Sweden to pursue his game development career after his game was nominated for a Bafta whilst I returned home and took up a local job. Thankfully there happened to be a huge global company right next to where I live, and somehow I never knew they existed lol. It's retail stuff, but hey, we get to deal with Nintendo which was a nice coincidence considering I'm a fan.

Hearing all my friends running off, chasing their dreams and doing great things... I get jealous. It hits me hard. My job isn't interesting and nobody sees my work aside from the people who use it to do their job - and they don't care. I still try to make games though, it's my hobby after all despite never ever finishing one.

I've moved up from a PHP developer to a C# developer and I have to say, C# is a beautiful language. I'm currently making my own code editor with it for Game Maker (gml) as one of my little side projects. Next up, I want to extend the GML language and make my own improvements on it - such as adding much-wanted OOP principles and giving it a typed makeover.

I miss our conversations, Rosim. All the best Smiley

Oh, and your game better not be another one of those moba games. Tongue However if you ever check back here, let me know when/if you release it. Let me play it!
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