So, who are you?
I am dark knight Cecil, Captain of the Red Wings -- wait, let me try that again.
I'm Cecil McRae, born and raised in central Florida, video game lover and programmer. Given any moment, I'm probably on a computer.
Why are you a game programmer?
Video games have always been an important part of my life. I got started early, not quite Atari early, but NES early. I've been playing ever since. In the 5th grade, I had a programmable calculator (TI-82 maybe?) and I was really tired of punching out the quadratic formula. So I stumbled around with TI-BASIC, I don't think I even had anything beyond the user manual, and created a program that would prompt me for a
, and c
, and return to me the two possible results of the quadratic formula.
Some time that same year, I came to the inevitable question: "What do I be when I grow up?" Well...I like video games...and someone needs to make those video games. I made a program, so I can probably make a video game. So, since about the 5th grade, I've wanted to be a video game programmer. I stuck with it, taking AP Computer Science clases in high school, got my B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida, and then my M.S. in Interactive Entertainment at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA).
Along the way, I've written a lot of programs, quite a few of them games or related to games (If you're thinking "Like what?" Then you should go to my portfolio page
Things that I always love seeing in games are zombies, post-apocalyptic scenarios, and altered timelines.
But those are just my absolute favorites. I love almost every kind of game, and I pride myself in having played most games people can name.
Some of my favorite games include: Covert Agent, Dwarf Fortress, the Fallout series, the Left 4 Dead series, Minecraft, the Monkey Island series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, Team Fortress 2, Tribes 1 & 2, Tyrian, the Worms series, and X-COM: UFO Defense.
As far as programming goes, I really enjoy solving problems that stump other people. Every once in a while I'll browse Project Euler for a problem to bend my brain a bit.
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