I'm 22. Male. Spent 4 years in high school heavily involved with programming video games. Did the whole C++/DirectX path of choice. Got pretty damn good until college when I stopped.
Now it's 4 years later and I'm wondering if I should begin again. One of the reasons I quit 4 years ago was because I didn't want to be 80 years old, looking back on life, and wondering if making video games was really what I should have done with my life.
You know, one of those "do you regret NOT doing anything" thoughts.
Now, upon realizing that technology is the future, I'm starting to question my original thoughts. I began wondering if I should come back to game programming when I asked myself "what else would I be programming?".
Well, I'm going to school for engineering. Do I really want to work on the next word? Do I want to work on some sensor for some Iphone or other unimportant device? Do I want to be working on processors? (I'm a computer engineer by the way, hardware and software).
When I realized that I'm going to be: A) Programming - more than likely,
B) working long hours in the technology field, C) Never get to see the big picture anyway (so working on a space probe would be retarded because it's not like you assemble the entire thing yourself... I'd work on the damn wheel motors or something - just my luck).
So in reality, if I'm going to be engineering something it might as well be fun. I guess I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth it to spend my entire life on video games. But like I said, it's either that or something else, since I'll be programming something anyway. I'd rather work on the next Halo than a new Microsoft Word.
But this brings with it a huge new question. Should I even do engineering? I look outside and love the outdoors, love exercising, love interacting with people. But what the hell would do I do with it? I go to work for a business and get into the same dilemma as game programming vs. word programming: I'm office bitch for which boss? I'll look back when I'm 80 and said I worked on business proposals. Is THAT what I want to do?
Long-winded post. I apologize. I'm going through a mid-life crisis at 22 years old. At least the majority of you know what you want. Any advice/criticism/whatever responses welcome.