UPDATE: A lot of things have changed. Some of my perceptions and ideas have evolved during this time period. But the facts below are facts. Other than that, I would like to say that the story is kinda outdated.
So what then…
There is this thing that I like to create stuff. Stories, drawings or just ideas like how can I make a magnet float over the other. My bro and I used to play a lot of video games. But out of all the videos games, I liked RPGs the most. I used many programs to make an RPG. Some of them include RPG Maker (Piece of cake), 3D FPS Creator (A sure mistake), Yoyo Game Maker Studio (Nice), Gamesalad (Fair). They all don’t appeal me much. They are not innovative or something like that. At least, not for me. Then, I saw a bloom. I saw beauty in the cubes. Beauty in cubes? Some of you might have got it. Yes, I am talking about Minecraft which ultimately leads me to programming. Programming makes me want to create. Innovate! However, I learned much of that but still… where is my dream RPG? Actually, I tried it 3 times and failed, leaving behind many lines of crappy and crippled code.
Minecraft is a creative sandbox blocky game. You can build anything with blocks. Crappy graphics but the fun part of Minecraft is the logic creation. Minecraft is not just a game where you put blocks and build. It has two core logic creation features namely, Redstones (quite similar to the concept of electricity) and Command Blocks (put commands and run them). Creativity is the main aim of Minecraft but it has a whole deep story and survival + adventure features as well. The game creates an infinite world where you can do what you want. I am not advertising Minecraft but it’s my favourite game. There is no age restriction and everyone can play it. The creativity has different complexity levels. Those who are noobs in creativity and heroes in action can play survival or adventure stuff. Those who like creativity but are not good in it can start by putting different blocks together. Those who are at least good in creativity and also loves electronics, will definitely, love playing with redstones. Those who are good at creativity and love the idea of programming can go for Command blocks. Want Minecraft, here’s the link.
(Programmer’s story PART-I)
OK! Let’s talk about me… I start playing it… First, not appealed… Later on quite fascinated… I started putting blocks together. Then, I tried Redstone and loved them… I started to use Command Blocks pretty late. Writing single line code in it and executing it felt so innovative and fun. It’s quite hard at the start to get all things right. I have struggled with the commands. Later on, it feels easy… so easy… Then, somewhere, I did read something like, “Programming is just like the codes that you type into the Minecraft’s Command Block.” The game’s graphics and every aspect of it look like, “I can make Minecraft in at least, a week!” These two things made me go for Java because Minecraft is coded in Java. Of course, Such thoughts came to only those people who have very little knowledge of programming. Before that situation, I always avoided programming. After that, I begin my journey by simply finding a brilliant series of video tutorials for learning Java from scratch! I want to have easy access to these video tutorials from my Android device. So, I somehow ended up getting Udemy Android App. Here, I reached my online favourite teacher’s video tutorial series on Java. His name is John Purcell. His website is here. Here, I learned Java, not all videos just halfway. If you want a tip for learning programming, here’s a golden tip: the more you do coding by yourself, the more you get it all done. From doing it by yourself, I don’t mean to get yourself frustrated on errors. The other golden tip is: the more you do googling for programming stuff, the more you get it all right (Note: not ‘done’, I said ‘right’)
(Programmer’s story PART-II)
But… where is your dream RPG?
What’s your problem?
OK! Let’s say that I started to make an RPG… I hardcoded some of the setup codes and managed the libraries, etc… Now, I need the right kind of art. From art, I mean Sprites (images or textures) and SpritesSheets (which are just collections of many Sprites to animate). And that is, of the very fine and right kind. I need to hire some really good animators. I need to interpret ideas with that hired animator so that I can get the right kind of art. One may suggest me ‘this or that website’ for getting art pieces but… is that your cheap dream? Really, I mean… are your ideas already present in that global village. Apart, from Sprites, we need composers and musicians. Right kind of music, right kind of sound effects, right kind of GUI. OK… this is what a programmer can’t do. But there are many things that an average programmer can’t do as compare to an expert programmer. Handling lighting using shaders, pathfinding AI and some tuff algorithms’ implementations can’t be done right by even a fine programmer! In the end, I would like to say…
There is always so much to learn and you should always be the one who wants to learn more. This is a universal fact for all kinds of education! If you consider yourself complete in the knowledge of a particular subject, you are definitely not missing out a lot.
–+ Conclusion +–
My story is mine… You could have or will have a better story than that of mine. My story though looks small but it is just more than 3 years in my life. This is the magic of learning. You learn and you should not feel bad about learning. Apart from that, miracles are always a chance of which everyone should hope about. You dream something and you fulfill it. Never be hopeless.
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Sir, I have seen your marvelous talent and I am amazed by your programming skills at such level. You have established your name and fame within a competitive society and such a great talent is indeed great for the company that mark their second name as innovation and motivation. Please keep it doing what you are doing and keep up the good work!
Thanks Usman! Keep learning to program and ask me where you get some problem. The community is here to help you!
Bravo dude, keep on keeping on homie
Thanks for supporting me, toni!
Can’t wait to see more of your content ❤ ❤ ❤ Bas never back down, like *EA* says: ‘It’s in the game’, But you Own the game!! ❤