AboutI develop games under the name Military Banana for Android, Windows and HTML5. I also do pixel graphics for some of SteffTek's games. Unity is what I use most.
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I think I did the stupidest mistake I could possibly do as a developer. Do I still have a chance?
For this question you'll need a bit of background info:
I'm a 17-year old student, developing mostly apps in my freetime. I code since 2011 so I hope to be able to say that I'm at least a bit experienced. I have once shown an app public earlier this year with mediocre interest. I spent the second half of 2017 developing another app as part of an extracurricular activity of my school. On 8th december I presented this new app public under the schools name. As I recall the interest was pretty high, especially when compared to the app in the first half of the year. As the event went on several people that watched my presentation approached me and asked where they could get the app. I said that it was still in development and that they could expect it to come out in early 2018 and I gave them my Twitter. I was super excited and that's where I think I did the worst mistake I could do.
A representative of a company approached me. They were interested in the App because it addresses a topic which is part of what they do. They asked how much I currently make with this app. I responded with "nothing" as it wasn't out yet. They wanted to know how to contact me and I didn't have a sheet of paper and a pen with me (mistake 1). I don't know why I did this, but told them to contact me through reaching out to my school (mistake 2) and said they would find a mail address on my schools homepage (mistake 3) without telling them what my schools name was (mistake 4). They still said that they were about to reach out and look forward to work together with me. They sounded really confident. We didn't have much time to talk but it still would have been enough to get a pan and some paper... 🤦
But I feel pretty stupid now.
I suppose they remembered at least my schools name as my project did stand out (I hope this doesn't sound too arrogant. An app was way over the top for an event like this) and my schools name was all over the place. But I still don't know if they'll ever contact me. At least I learnt from it. I now take a pen and paper with me all the time and I learnt to pitch my current app whenever I'm questioned about it.
I'd like to hear your opinion on that as I never was in a situation like that. Do I still have a chance that they'll contact me? Is it likely?
Thank you in advance. Have mercy if this text isn't error-free as english isn't my native language and I'm sleepy right now. I just wanted to drop this burden for once. 😅8
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I'm very bad at avoiding procrastination. 😥
But the best way to do it for me, is being in a work environment and just start. Pauses are distracting to me, because once I'm in, I'm focused. 💁
School in 11th and 12th grade feels like a huge waste of time. I just wanna dev and earn money.
Not getting used to one single programming/commenting style and because of that switching between multiple styles in a single project.
When I code a line from which I know I want to delete it later I mark it subtly in case I forget to delete it.9
I started this project almost a year ago and soon found out that it is the most boring shit ever. So I tortured myself with it to a point on which now I don't get any stuff done because it is so hard for me to continue. Hope I can finish this soon. The only time I'm productive on this is at night... Which isn't the best time to code as a student.
In some things I have more experience than my teacher. So sometimes I corrected her. Once in class my hair fell in my view so I shook my head to get it away. My teacher saw it and asked what part of her explanation was wrong.5
I first was sceptical because the installer for Visual Studio installed everything except Visual Studio.
But after a restart VS popped up in my programs list.
Can a video game destroy my ram?
My last rant was about windows firing bluescreens at me. Apparently the first time this happened I was playing a game (h1z1 kotk). I thought it was my hdd dying but later I found out that one ram stick was the reason why it didn't work anymore.
I had 8Gb, while running h1z1 it often pushed my ram to its limits.
I'm not someone with a huge knowledge about pc hardware so I ask the question if a game can ruin my ram.5
*me using Windows 10, doing nothing special*
Windows: *MEEEEP* Goodbye. Here, take this random bluescreen. *Restarts*
*10 minutes later*
Windows: You know what? I like these bluescreens and I have so many varieties of them. Here take another random one. *Windows doing this 5 times in a row, no fix works*
Me: Fine... I'll reset my PC.
Windows: A full wipe and fresh install? Nah, I would like to not wipe properly so there will still be some data left. *Bsod right after "fresh" install*
Me: Man... I guess I'll check my drives and ram.
Drives: We are working fine! :)
Ram: *checking...* Oh yeah, there is some hardware problem...
Me: Pls no... I don't have any money...
Ram: I'll show you exactly what's wrong as soon as I finish checking...
Ram: Here you g-
Windows: *MEEEEP* Nah, I'm sure you don't wanna see this memory report... Let's just crash right now. :)
Me: *raging inside* ._.
Me: I'll take care of it tomorrow...15
Xamarin and VS being like:
Vs: Hey, you installed me on a fresh installation of windows. What do you like to do now?
Me: I'd like to create an android project.
Vs: Ok, no problem. But first you need to install Xamarin for it to work. I'll give you this link, just follow the steps.
Me: Yeah, whatever. *Following the instructions*
Xamarin: Alright, just sit back and relax, I'll handle it.
*2 minutes pass*
Xamarin: MAYDAY MAYDAY, I CAN'T BE INSTALLED. REPEAT: I CAN'T BE INSTALLED!!! PS: I WON'T GIVE YOU A GODDAMN REASON WHY!!! AAAAAAHHH!!!!
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(Sorry for my eventually broken english, but right now I can't concentrate)
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It's awesome when your school teaches software which is so unknown that you barely find anything on the internet regarding a simple problem. That we use some ancient version of this software doesn't help.1
To everyone who likes Sublime Text but doesn't want/can't spend money on it: Check out Atom. It's a similar editor and open source.
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Man dat shit is boring af.