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dabeav
01-05-2003, 09:13 AM
I myself am an aspiring game programer. But for a day job I work in a tech service shop routing calls. FACINATING I KNOW. Im just curious how many of us programmers are actualy making our worth with our programs?

Julien Cayzac
01-05-2003, 09:58 AM
isn't there a forum for the ones who like polls ?

Julien

WhatEver
01-05-2003, 04:17 PM
I work in a woodshop building die racks.

When I program, I add things to Spider3D.

zed
01-05-2003, 05:55 PM
>>isn't there a forum for the ones who like polls ?<<

there was talk of adding some new forums a while ago (i dont think nothing came of it)

myself ive had at least 100 different jobs over the years (usually fruitpicking)
at the moment im been thinning apples since november (only 4 more days and thats finished + then ill be onto 40hour weeks, its gonna be like a holiday http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif)

jwatte
01-05-2003, 06:05 PM
I write code for a living. Then I write code for enjoyment. Sad, really. At work, I write and design code that makes systems faster, more scalable, use less network bandwidth, and render better. At home, I write and design code that make systems faster, more scalable, and render better. For variety, I don't need to worry about network bandwidth at home :-)

Tom Nuydens
01-06-2003, 12:37 AM
Originally posted by jwatte:
I write code for a living. Then I write code for enjoyment. Sad, really.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who's like that http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif

-- Tom

Eric
01-06-2003, 12:50 AM
Same as Tom and jwatte...

Just in case you'd like to know what kind of things I am coding:
http://www.mottmac.com/html/06/software.cfm

(yes I know it's a shameless plug but I don't expect any sale from posting that here!)

Regards.

Eric

[This message has been edited by Eric (edited 01-06-2003).]

Robbo
01-06-2003, 01:39 AM
I work for an Infrared Imaging software\hardware company (software developer).

We are big in Cement!
www.thermoteknix.com (http://www.thermoteknix.com)

AdrianD
01-06-2003, 02:01 AM
i write code for a living:
games and other 3D-related apps in opengl. http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif

ToolTech
01-06-2003, 02:46 AM
I started my own company a couple of years ago and now I am having the time of my life in that company writing a 3d scene graph. I am the only one in the company so its a bit boring doing all the work myself but at least i am the boss ;-) as well as the chief programmer ;-)

Devulon
01-06-2003, 02:54 AM
Yes we all have our day jobs. I do engineering/design/drafting work for the military. Anyone who is in engineering knows it's not as glamorous as it sounds. Engineering is how I got into graphics. Long time ago I starting doing CAD work and I got a free demo copy of MAX since were I was at the time was plugged into AutoDesk. I was also doing a lot of development and modding for different games (this is way back in the day). The two things came together, programming and art design. Unfortunately I am still doing engineering for the really nice paycheck. Wouldn't be doing it for any other reason.

Devulon

Bob
01-06-2003, 03:08 AM
I don't think I could stand coding all day at work, since I do it in my spare time aswell. Would be too much programming for me. I have a degree in electrical engineering, but now I'm going deeper in the fields of signal processing and telecommunication.

okapota
01-06-2003, 03:18 AM
im just a student in the 12 grade. soon i will fo to the army.

Eric
01-06-2003, 03:36 AM
Originally posted by Bob:
I don't think I could stand coding all day at work, since I do it in my spare time aswell.

That's why I have a Playstation 2 for my spare time!

tfpsly
01-06-2003, 03:46 AM
I finished school a few months ago, and I'm looking for a job now :-(

GPSnoopy
01-06-2003, 03:47 AM
Currently studying computer sciences at college...

Looking forward to finding a job as a programmer after that.

Bob
01-06-2003, 04:04 AM
That's why I have a Playstation 2 for my spare time!

But I don't http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/mad.gif

gaby
01-06-2003, 04:47 AM
I'm working in communication : graphist, CG with Maya is the big part, but I've done a game at Kalisto (Mindscape, finished), a racing game for Michelin and more funny things (cinema managing system, multimedia programs...). I'm composer too.

I'm an independant, when I haven't more job I'm working on an "advanced" tool for realtime 3d graphics and a big project for TV channels. I've started this project 5 years ago.

Gaby

Eric
01-06-2003, 04:56 AM
Originally posted by gaby:
I've done a game at Kalisto

RIP...

A guy from my school worked there. Were you based in Bordeaux?

Regards.

Eric

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gaby
01-06-2003, 06:42 AM
Yes, in Bordeau, in 1995. I've made the game Al Unzer Jr Arcade Racing, do you know ?

Gaby

SirKnight
01-06-2003, 07:42 AM
Yes, in Bordeau, in 1995. I've made the game Al Unzer Jr Arcade Racing, do you know ?
Gaby


Hey I think I have that game!! http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif Back shortly after windows 95 came out I got a new PC with win95 loaded and my first win95 game I bought was an Al Unser Jr racing game. I bet it's the one you made. http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif I thought it was pretty cool. The only gripe I had was I had to change to 256 colors from my 16-bit to play it. But was still fun! http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif

Anyway, I'm a Junior at college and i'm in Computer Science. I go full time to SWT State University in San Marcos, Texas. I hope to get a job after I graduate in graphics but if not it's ok, as long as it pays good. http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/wink.gif I'll still do graphics at home. http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif

-SirKnight

Won
01-06-2003, 07:44 AM
I build software for 3-D displays.
www.actuality-systems.com (http://www.actuality-systems.com)

-Won

Mezz
01-06-2003, 07:46 AM
Occupation: bum.

(University student).

-Mezz

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davepermen
01-06-2003, 08:04 AM
i'm apprentice at the zeba AG as it supporter. (www.zeba.ch if you care, but its written in german, or so, i think...)

what i do for living? dunno.. i live chez parents, no need for doing anything for living yet http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif but i'm working hard here (you see it, i post on the forum http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif)..

having only vc6 here, and a gf2mx.. wanna go home, meet my radeon9700pro http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif and vc.net, and win2000, and all that beauty..

well, i continue working now.. or so http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif

V-man
01-06-2003, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by Won:
I build software for 3-D displays.
www.actuality-systems.com (http://www.actuality-systems.com)

-Won

Hey that's pretty interesting. I had the idea on how to do this kind of thing a few years back, but building one is not simple. It uses 3 lasers for the red green and blue?

I do contract work for now. Also continuing to push on my own project (3D text tool)

Humus
01-06-2003, 08:22 AM
I'm currently a student, but am pretty much done, only have the so called examination work to be done, which I'll do at ATi in early february if everything goes well. http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif I'm only waiting for the work permit.

Coriolis
01-06-2003, 09:03 AM
I make games for a living. My company is currently working with Activision on an unannounced title, so I can't say what it is yet. Here's a screenshot (http://images.ea.com/eagames/official/moh_alliedassault/sshot/sshots-big/june6-sshot-lg_03.jpg) from my last game, though:

EDIT: apparently images aren't allowed, so I'll just link it.

[This message has been edited by Coriolis (edited 01-06-2003).]

Halcyon
01-06-2003, 09:28 AM
Hey everyone...I'm an aspiring graphics programmer (not game programmer http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif) I'm not that much into programming games (they're fun to play though). I'm a college student getting his csci major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities....who knows what i'll be doing =).

- Halcyon

Robbo
01-06-2003, 09:31 AM
Originally posted by Coriolis:
I make games for a living. My company is currently working with Activision on an unannounced title, so I can't say what it is yet. Here's a screenshot (http://images.ea.com/eagames/official/moh_alliedassault/sshot/sshots-big/june6-sshot-lg_03.jpg) from my last game, though:
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Lol Cori - we have a GURU in the house! (loved that game....).

gaby
01-06-2003, 09:34 AM
>>win95 loaded and my first win95 game I
>>bought was an Al Unser Jr racing game

Yes !!! It was the first game for Windows95, presented by Bill Gates itself at the starting show (so exciting for me!). I've done it alone for 80 % : 3d engine, editing tools, shapes, 3d design, compression system, etc... It run 100% software, and the gameplay where very funny.

I hoppe you will be surpised by what I'm actually developping... ;-)

Gaby

SirKnight
01-06-2003, 10:26 AM
Originally posted by Coriolis:
I make games for a living. My company is currently working with Activision on an unannounced title, so I can't say what it is yet. Here's a screenshot (http://images.ea.com/eagames/official/moh_alliedassault/sshot/sshots-big/june6-sshot-lg_03.jpg) from my last game, though:

EDIT: apparently images aren't allowed, so I'll just link it.


Wow you worked on that game!? Tottaly awesome man. I loved that game. The Normandy beach assault was one of my favorite parts. It reminded me so much of Saving Private Ryan. http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif

-SirKnight



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pocketmoon
01-06-2003, 10:29 AM
12 years Oracle database apps developer. Currently Unemployed due to job being outsourced to india. ho hum

zen
01-06-2003, 01:05 PM
Just a university student.I'll hopefully be done in a couple of semesters.I'd like to work in the graphics/game department after that.

saaaaay, what's the chance of that happening if there's no graphics/game related hardware or software company in my country?Not good,eh?Sh*******t.

fresh
01-06-2003, 05:04 PM
I write graphics engines... currently on the PS2, but have done Glide, D3D and OpenGL (my true love http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif ). When I'm prototyping anything or just screwing around, I use OpenGL.

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zeroprey
01-06-2003, 05:24 PM
3rd year university student who later wants to later work at a game company.

i am very surprised and disconcerted at how many people here are not working for a living with anything graphics related. damn, doesnt make my chances look as good.

fresh
01-06-2003, 05:47 PM
Originally posted by zen:
Just a university student.I'll hopefully be done in a couple of semesters.I'd like to work in the graphics/game department after that.

saaaaay, what's the chance of that happening if there's no graphics/game related hardware or software company in my country?Not good,eh?Sh*******t.

It's difficult to get into these days. Best thing to do is write a bunch of little demo apps or a simple little game that shows your knowledge. Kind of like what Humus does http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif

zen
01-07-2003, 01:14 AM
It's difficult to get into these days. Best thing to do is write a bunch of little demo apps or a simple little game that shows your knowledge. Kind of like what Humus does


But there's no graphics/games company in my country.Where will I work?

knackered
01-07-2003, 02:19 AM
Leave your country.

Medal of Honour: Allied Assault is written using the Quake3 engine, isn't it? Why did they need a graphics programmer? http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif

Nutty
01-07-2003, 03:36 AM
console games coder.

ScottManDeath
01-07-2003, 05:48 AM
Hi

currently I'm studying computer science in germany (FH Schmalkalden, for the introduced http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/biggrin.gif )in the 3rd semester.I'm looking for an half year apprentice for fall 2003 in a 3D graphics / game programming company in UK or US.

After study(in ~2.5 years) it would be nice to get a driver-writer or something other 3D graphics related.

Bye
ScottManDeath

Coriolis
01-07-2003, 08:06 AM
knackered:

It is based on the Q3 engine with the FAKK2 modifications, but we made a ton of changes ourselves. I added a roam-like terrain system to the game, did work on higher-quality software lighting for models, worked a bunch on the custom light compiler, optimized the continuous-LOD'ing skeletal models, and teamed with an artist to make a bunch of the special effects. However, about half my time was spent on the AI.

rgpc
01-08-2003, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by Coriolis:
I make games for a living. My company is currently working with Activision on an unannounced title, so I can't say what it is yet. Here's a screenshot (http://images.ea.com/eagames/official/moh_alliedassault/sshot/sshots-big/june6-sshot-lg_03.jpg) from my last game, though:

EDIT: apparently images aren't allowed, so I'll just link it.

[This message has been edited by Coriolis (edited 01-06-2003).]

What game was that? I don't recognise it. Is it any good? http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/wink.gif

I write VB apps for various clients. Exciting stuff like delivering Crystal Reports, financial apps etc. (Yawn)

I tinker with GL when I get the chance - would love to never use VB/SQL Server/Crystal again - but it pays the bills...

knackered
01-08-2003, 11:44 PM
The game he's talking about is "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault". (american spelling of the word 'honour').
It's a game written using an enhanced version of the Quake3 engine, involving allied missions against germany in europe during the 2nd world war. Kind of Saving Private Ryan: the computer game.
It's very atmospheric, the AI is pretty convincing at times, and the multiplayer is superb (nice weapons and maps).
The only downside of it is that if you get your history from computer games, then you'll be under the illusion that americans fought the war alone, when statistically the only accents you should hear in the game are british, russian and german. I blame stephen speilberg.

JONSKI
01-13-2003, 04:00 PM
Manual labor in the Florida heat @ $10/hr http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/frown.gif . When I get out of college, things are gonna change, though. I promised myself this.

zed
01-13-2003, 07:19 PM
>>Manual labor in the Florida heat @ $10/hr<<

thats 2.5x what i earn http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif, sighs and thinks of the days i used to work in europe + get paid heaps for doing bugger all.

zed
01-13-2003, 07:33 PM
>>Manual labor in the Florida heat @ $10/hr<<

thats 2.5x what i earn http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif, sighs and thinks of the days i used to work in europe + get paid heaps for doing bugger all.

grenadier
01-16-2003, 01:57 PM
Earned my BS in Computer Engineering last spring. I've been working at SAIC, writing 2D and 3D visualization tools for solar & plasma physics and fusion ever since. I'll be going back to grad school for my Ph.D in the fall.

...and in my spare time I code games http://www.opengl.org/discussion_boards/ubb/smile.gif