Goal: Becoming a professional game developer [Done]

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I’ve found a site, where people write about their goals and divide it on the simple tasks. Other people can give them a piece of advise and some support to inspire them to keep moving and don’t stop. I think, it is a good kind of motivation, that’s why I have my goal on this site too. Hope it will help me

Day 1

After I compiled a list of goals, I’ve realized that 4-5 months is a short time. There are a lot of programming books in my home, that I bought and almost didn’t read it.. I should stop buying books, until I read at least two. Now I understand that only people, who can finish their goal, became a good specialists

Until recently I’ve programmed every day about half a year. But then the game Metal Gear Solid 5 was released and at the time I forgot about everything. Now I need to string up, because is is really not enough of time. Especially annoying that I’m 25 years old and I’m still not in the gaming industry, not even in the position of junior, although there are a lot of programmers who work as team leaders and seniors and they are younger than me. It is annoying and makes me learn something new every day. I hope this site will help me to develop faster

Just remembered how much time I spend to study when I was at university. Much more than now. At university I knew that if things are not learned, then I can be expelled. Now there is no such strong motivation and often I get distracted during the study.. play games or watch games. It is not normal .. It is urgent to change the attitude, yet I still can jump onto the departing train .. And after work I don’t really want to learn. Another thing is when I work at night — then the whole day is free

I started to understand how to work with the WPF library MahApps.Metro, through which you can make apps which looks like apps in Windows 10. It looks great. And I’ve made a table, to which will write, how much time I spend by watching video tutorials. Some time ago I could watch a video of 5 minutes and say that that’s enough for today. But now I can see it on the table and I understand that this is not enough. Today is the first result — 31.15 minutes. Not very much, but better than usual. The main thing — to be honest with yourself

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Day 2

It is the second day after registration on this site. I looked at the other people’s goals and found some pretty ambitious, especially in the game development. But many of them ended up on the stage, where it ends planning part and part where people need to do something. I have this problem too. Hopefully in the future I will bring everything to the end. Today watched 39.56 minutes of video tutorials. Watched lessons about Metro library. Now it seems that everything is pretty easy. Soon I could independently write something. I can not wait to get started, but first I want to see all the lessons

I want to watch all the video tutorials over the last month. In total they last about 17 hours — should watch at least 30 minutes per day. I watch them in the mode of fast playback at the speed of 1.5x — 2.0x. And read book about WPF with 1,000 pages — need to read 33 pages per day, if I want to finish it in one month. After all, there are still other books … Hope someday I’ll sit in a comfortable chair and code in a big game studio, then I will remember this with a smile


Day 3

Today I watched video tutorials for 31.21 minutes. Learned:
— Popups Metro style
— Pull-down menu int the Metro style
I found a program that records what programs working on computer and for how much time. With it you can determine how much time you have programmed and how much time spend in the Internet

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Day 4

Today I watched 106.56 minutes. Finished Metro and started WPF MVVM.
I must say that this site is really motivates because I want to write about the results of the day. And plus, I have already said that you need to watch at least half an hour per day. And I spread files with video tutorials on the desktop. I am very annoying because of it and I try to see everything quickly, to be able to remove this files from desktop

I just realized that if I will come to the interview and let interviewers to read all this then they will say, «Dude, you’re watching video tutorial for half an hour a day and you really think you can surprise us with this? It’s nonsense.. did you even wrote a program? «.
So it is necessary to watch at least an hour a day and after then write a program. Need to figure out what kind of a program would it be

What I just learned — it’s just a nightmare. I am using the program ManicTime and learned that today I sat in the internet .. FIVE HOURS! And studied for just 1 hour. If I were studied 5 ours every day for a year, I could already have job of my dream, a house, a wife, a yacht. Instead, I’m sitting on the balcony and I write this .. Now I will learn as much as I sat in the internet


Day 5

Yesterday I watched lessons for 106.56 minutes — three times more than usual. Today, only 33.7. I understood that it is hard to learn as much as I sit in the Internet. Today I spent an hour on the Internet. Maybe this will help get rid of dependence from the Internet.. I will sit lower, and therefore have less to learn

Yesterday looked direct goals of others. It is not cool when a person throws something on the floor at the end of the path and says that he came to the end because of something .. I understand now how it looks like .. If you have a goal, then you need to achieve it. And there is a lot of people who have goals «to achieve 100 goals» some of which are washing the pan, cleaning the closet. People just have nothing to do. It is better to have only one goal, but cool

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Day 12

I am still continue to learn new stuff about WPF, C# and linear algebra. I watched almost all videos (today watched 33.44 minutes). Left unwatched 2.5 hours of lessons (a total of 20 hours), they discuss very specific issues and to understand it you need to face them in the real project .. That’s why I decided to finish with the video lessons and move on to writing some application to fix everything in my head

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Day 15

Here is my WPF app — it is a hacker simulator and I make it using C# and XAML
There is no code here yet, only design

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Day 21

I’ve made a new design for my app and now learning algorithms. Last week I was on interview in Crytek, and specialists I spoke with told me that I need to learn algorithms and C++

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Day 23

Lecture about common order-growth classifications

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Day 38

Finished one of my projects and learned a lot of new things about algorithms

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Day 42

I decided to continue to make my cyberpunk game. I did this game constantly, but I was shattered by the fact that because of problems with version control system a lot of things was gone from the project.. I didn’t wanted to do again what has already been done

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My code is horrible. If you work on the project from the start without a break, then you don’t notice. But if you abandon it and then again begin to work on it, it is necessary to re-understand the code. When you have a fresh look at your code, you can see how terrible it is. It would be great to know all the patterns and how to use them


Don’t remember which day it is

I’ve done a lot of things in my Cyberpunk game and now I want to work a little bit with the algorithms.
Video below inspired me to to create a program (like on the screenshot below), which can visualize work of the different sorting algorithms. I will make it using Qt/C++. Unfortunately I have only 35 days to make it, because after it the trial version of the Qt creator will be over

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Working on the «Chronicles of the Cyberpunk»

When I just started working on this projects, it was just for fun, as usual. I didn’t even thought that it could become a real project. Bus as more I work on it, so more I want to make a really cool and high quality game. The worst thing is that I want to make it alone to show myself and everyone around what I can do.. and it means that I will make it for a long time

Finally added photos of my pictures and.. it looks really cool. Now I want to delete all downloaded models and other stuff and make it by myself in blender

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Every day it looks better and better

Added a lot of animated stuff. Now scene looks more interesting

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Animated textures

Animated textures is a really cool thing. I love it and use everywhere I can

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Active stage of development

Here how underground looks like now. Scene will have a lot of animations, so it will looks interesting

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Decided to use only 4 colors in the game

I’ve made o lot of houses in Blender. And deleted all downloaded stuff from my projects, because I want to create all of it by myself. Before deleting size of project was 5Gb, now it 1.7Gb

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Now I have a neon wall, which was inspired by this video — a masterpiece as for me

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Normal view of my screen

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Conclusion

I am not considering myself as a professional, but my first commercial game is now available on Steam. There is no limit to perfection and now I’m ready to make the next step to become a real professtional

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