I’m still slowly chipping away at the isometric engine, and I’ve made a couple more changes to the Japan level after watching someone else play. I think I’m going to implement some sort of difficulty setting, which should make the game more fun for everyone, though it will take a lot of work to get it started.
I don’t have any new uploads yet, but I wanted to draw everyone’s attention to this video from Code.org, which is a nonprofit group dedicated to trying to bring programming classes to every school in America. I remember discussing with someone once how much differently programmers see the world- I remember distinctly watching my first hockey game, and in the back of my mind I was trying to design an AI behavior that would emulate what the players were doing. While fishing one day, I was looking at the surface of the water, and wondering how I’d go about implementing a 3D Ripple/particle engine in QBASIC.
After all the military uselessness I’ve endured, I feel like I owe it to myself to do something in life that I’ll actually enjoy, and I’ve been working towards becoming a math teacher. I love teaching, training, and explaining, and math fascinates me. In my high school, the programming teachers were always some other sort of teacher primarily, who also had a collateral job with programming, and so I never really thought that I could just BE a programming teacher. I’ve been toying with the idea- for a few months now- about trying to get some sort of basic computer science degree along with my math education degree and teacher licensing, so hopefully I can land myself in a similar position.
To teach programming- wouldn’t that be an amazing sort of experience?
Anyways, this video- it’s a really well-done little PSA-style thing with interviews from a lot of the computer giants- Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Gabe Newell, etc.
Also, check out some of those offices, man. How incredible would it be to work there?!