Why am I here? Well that certainly is the question. I guess I had to have made up my mind at some point, I certainly wasn’t born with the desire to make games.
I always enjoyed playing video games as a kid. I absolutely loved games like Midtown Madness 3 and Lego star wars. But I never wanted to make them when I was a kid. I didn’t even care how they were made, let alone want to learn. I just thought they popped into existence, like dinner or cartoons on TV. My attitude pretty much continued this way until my first year of high school. It was at this point in my life that a my new friend introduced me to a whole new world of video game. Minecraft. It was because of this game that I gained interest in the creators of video games. Realising that Minecraft had been made by only one man, Markus Persson or Notch, made me think that I could do that too. So I decided I wanted to be a games programmer and make games like Notch.
This was a ludicrous dream, I didn’t realise how long it took to make the game, or that his story was a very rare solo success. But I had made up my mind. So this mindset continued through most of high school. I realised that I had actual skill in making games, when following instructions with a large amount of hand holding when it came to coding. It wasn’t until I was halfway through year 11 that I changed my goal. This happened when I entered a mentoring program run by my school. I was given the chance to be mentored by a professional in any field I was interested in. Of course, I wanted to be mentored by a games programmer. Sadly, they couldn’t find one close by that was willing. But they were able to find a games designer, Zac Fitzwalter, and asked me if he would do instead. I was fine with that, the guy worked in games, he’d do. After talking with Zac and seeing what he did, I became interested in being a game designer, rather than games programmer.
And so the story arrives here. I am starting my course in games design, with no plans on backing out or changing path any time soon. That’s why I’m here.