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Getting Your First Job Can Feel Impossible!

Two years ago…. it was.  My days would go by slowly, without a single thread of a message or a beep on my phone. Days would become weeks, and weeks would become months. I wondered….what was I doing wrong? Not even a single interview, are you kidding me? Zero dollars in my account. To top that off employers creating paradoxes on their job listings by saying they want experience for most minimum wage jobs, but how can I get experience if no one is hiring? But to cut to the chase of how I got a job, my sister worked at retail store and by using her as a reference, I believe I got the job after the interview. But what if you don’t have any references? Well, to increase your chance of a first job you might have to lower your standards a bit and look for smaller jobs,  tidy up your resume, and practice interviewing with your friends or family. Why? Because you’ll be surprised at how you really come off to other people. And you’ll be able to correct those mistakes.

Splatoon 2 Thoughts After 2 Weeks

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Splatoon 2 is a fun game in my opinion, especially when you have the right food to enjoy it with. For example, I buy coconut drinks to feel like I’m more in the sea atmosphere that is Splatoon (sounds weird right haha) but it helps with immersion. I’m having a lot of fun in salmon run, rainmaker mode, and tower control (my favorite modes) as I don’t like spraying turf that much with ink. Online can be a bit painful sometimes though with disconnects when using the game in handheld mode, but docked is fine. Music can be a hit or miss, I loved the salmon run music along with the Mr.Grizz menu music, I’m not crazy about the multiplayer music. Overall great game, worth the buy and I haven’t even touched the story yet.

How I Started Making Games

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In the year of 2015, I had started to try to learn programming to make games. I had absolutely no clue how to even get started, I didn’t know jack…. I thought programming was for the smart people (I was wrong of course and I didn’t have the right mindset). But my brother who had started programming in 2012 knew something about programming. He directed me where to start. Basically, I started with a C# language book and I was reading alot of information, thinking I was gaining programming skills.

COMPLETE FAIL I must say, I started learning after doing some real programming and then reading a book for more depth and concretion to solidify what I had done.

I couldn’t retain the information and I couldn’t connect the dots to why I was learning these concepts (variables, objects, arrays). I closed the book. My brother tried explaining the concepts to me and I couldn’t understand what he was saying, it was foreign to me, I was like WTF. I gave up for a year, and now it was 2016. I hear about this website called “Udemy”, and I take a course on Java language instead of C# language because the book didn’t make sense to me (There’s many programming languages, you don’t need to learn them all, mastering one is a good idea, and creating projects with that language is where the real action happens). The course actually started to help me out a little bit. Things started to not look so blurry anymore, I was starting to understand. But I was still writing “Hello Worlds” and small text-based programs (small calculators, small bank program, small shop, and a whole lot of text programs without any pictures).

Basically it was looking like something like this.

“How much cash would you like to deposit?”

(Me typing amount): 500 Gold;

Account Balance = 500 Gold.

Would you like to deposit Gold? Press 2 to go back to menu.

So I was like so…. how am I going to make a game from this? (I now know if you learn the Java programming language, you can make android games in Android Studio Software, not IntelliJ Software I was using). I heard about Unity (a program that makes 2D and 3D Games). But I had trouble with this, So I didn’t do Unity at that time. Then I heard about GameMaker Studios, and that there was when I really started to make 2D games. It was very easy, and there was also this drag and drop feature to make a game (But I coded it instead, in Game Maker Language). Following tutorials after tutorial made me start to connect the dots and get a game going. Programming in general, whether using Java, C#,  or C++ languages, started to make sense. Basically learning the fundamentals of coding in general regardless of which language you choose matters the most (variables, arrays, methods, classes). But I still have loads and loads more to learn, programming is very much an endless learning journey, but you don’t need to know everything, just what you need, at least learn the fundamentals and then you choose what libraries, framework, or language you want to use.

My Hero Academia Made Me Think Heroes Were Cool Again!

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I have been watching an anime show called  “My Hero Academia” and let me tell you it’s a fantastic show. I have never been into super heroes for the longest time in years, I mean ever since Christian Bale played Batman, but now that’s over. It just seems like super hero movies have become a comedy act where nothing is taken seriously anymore and story is put in as an after thought. Just place a lot of CGI and special effects and the movie is done is the practice now, PROFIT.  I must admit I do love Iron Man’s jokes and his sarcastic humor. But I miss character development in which you grow to care about characters. And that is where My Hero Academia comes in, it has all that and more, accompanied by epic music. I can’t wait for the next episode :).

Reviewing The Reviewers

Reviews have become much more difficult to decipher nowadays in my opinion, whether it be a movie, TV show, videogame, restaurant, etcetera. Some reviewers have little to no experience with a product or similar products that came before it, and yet they can criticize or judge whether something is good or not and tell others to buy it. And you know what? They can! But now the situation becomes a muddier mess to tell whether something is good or not. Now it becomes a deducing session about finding other reviewers saying common things about a product until it almost sounds like a fact to the ears. (Example, If a lot of people keep saying the food tastes stale, then chances are the food is stale). And so forth, but we always leave that very small probability that the food is fresh. But yeah, going to end the topic here for now (I could keep going, but this is good for now I think.) Like I haven’t even gone to talk about payed reviews yet.

Overthinking Things Too Much!?

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Whether it be interviewing for a job, or going out to eat, or trying to figure out how a programming or a math problem works, I think sometimes we can overthink too much. To the point where we make things much more harder or complicated then it actually is. Already thinking of how big a subject is or how hard something is beforehand actually creates a illusion of difficulty that wasn’t even there before. Many smart people overthink too much and sometimes this can stop them from getting something they want that an average person may have because not everything requires deep thought. Sometimes simplicity is the best answer to a problem. Sometimes just going with the flow of how to do something or learn something before thinking what it actually is a whole makes life much easier and solvable. Like in programming you might not know what anything is no matter how much you read about it until you close the book and start trying a few problems. But hey, this is my view on things, I hope you enjoy and have a great day.

Zero Profit Ebook!

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I learned a lesson after publishing my first book on Amazon kindle. The lesson of no profit after seven hard months of writing. Okay fine…. I made a dollar throughout the whole 7 months of it being published on the platform (most likely from someone in real life I know.) But I lost about 200 dollars getting my book a cover illustration, proofread, and writing in Microsoft Word which costs 7 dollars a month. Not only that,  I lost alot of time because I fell for the e-book hype train. That making ebooks can make you tons of money (only true for a few individuals). So what went wrong I wondered? Well it’s not easy to find out the exact issue, but after doing some more research, this is what I’ve come up with. I published my ebook in the wrong niche or genre (so nobody is going to be able to find my book). Also I have no audience so no one knows it exists or will spread it around (no wonder companies pay for advertising). It’s not that my book is bad or anything, although it could be, just those two things are probably the main factors for its demise really. So I would say do the math before you write an ebook, and be weary of the risks before you spend time and money on writing a ebook.