The Very Weird Thoughts of Smith

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wow, it has been a while...

Well, it's been quite a while since I posted anything, but you know how it is. Summer job, Senior year of high school, not to mention the myriad other things that are keeping me busy. Just haven't had the time to come on here and post much of anything. But, that's gonna change now. I'm going to do my best to keep this thing regularly updated and continuosly full of my inane, probably boring rants. So bear with me, or you can stop reading, I don't care.

Let me start off with a little revelation I've had recently. Anybody who knows me knows that I'm pretty much a skeptic at heart. If it can't be proven through empirical evidence, then I ain't got time for it. For me, that goes for pretty much anything, but it mostly focuses on religion. I can go ahead and tell you that religion and I have never really gotten along at all. That's because much of it can't be proven, not even a lick of it. Most folks just believe that because it was written down a long time ago, that it's gotta be true. Around here, they're young when they get ahold of 'em, while their minds are still like clay. I've been through it, I even believed in it all once. Very second I got into science class, though, I knew I'd found my place. Seeing everything, the things I saw a lot like gravity and inertia, all proven scientifically, categorized, explained and comfortably put to rest, that made me really comfortable with the universe. I was only a kid, but I knew that science surely was doing something right.

So, I gave up on religion. I consider it an outmoded idea that is slowly dying under the dead weight of a supressed, brainwashed membership. To me, all religions have been about exclusion, just like on the playground as kids. Telling the other kids to piss off because you're part of something that they aren't. Only it goes further than that. Instead of making people go away, some religions like to come and try to pull you in, swell their ranks by adding your poor, uncertain butt to the mix. People will cling to any idea, so long as it gives pie-in-the-sky promises and tells you that everything's gonna be alright.

But how does that affect the real world? That's what I always wondered. Why were these fanatics working so hard for some happy fantasyland in th

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Several reasons why I want to be a videogame designer...

1) Spore- This is the real reason I first started wanting to get into game design. This game convinced me that anything, and I do mean anything is possible in designing games. Will Wright is a genius in every sense of the word, and is on the verge, I believe, of revolutionizing games as we know them. Just Google "Spore" if you want to know just why I am inspired by this game. Also expect another blog later just about Spore.

2) The fact that I have always found games to be fascinating and innovative. Not only are they still a young entertainment medium, they are bursting with potential. Games are also an art form (You hear me Roger Ebert?! An ART FORM!!) that has quite a bit of room to grow, and much exploration is left to be done. I would like to be one of the pioneers that works, credited or uncredited, towards bringing games into their golden age.

3) I like the challenge of having to design new code to do new things within the game. I also appreciate the fact that creativity and unusual chains of thought are needed to design games that are AAA titles. Also, since games are always changing, with new technologies to work with and new engines to buld on, the field seems to be the place for versatility and dedication.

4) The eventual reward of being able to show my ideas and creativity in projects when I earn the right to contribute to the team in a more meaningful way than simple coding. While I know that this will not come soon, I anticipate and even savor the challenge of getting far enough to where I have proven myself to be a valuable asset to any company that would hire me.

Well, that was a productive post. Don't expect many of these.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Introduction time...

Well, it would seem that I finally decided to stop being lazy and start a blog. The real purpose of this blog is for me to get my daily thoughts down somewhere so that others can see them and maybe gain a better understanding of how I think. But be careful, it's quite bright and scary in here, and some people might be disturbed at just how optimistic/geeky/fanboyish/unusual my posts will be. I'm just gonna wrap this up for right now and come back later with some more stuff for anybody who cares. Peace out.

-Smith