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[–] Jesus 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I wanted to be a cartoonist and live in New York. I did not achieve that. I chose to be a complete fuckup and moved back in with my parents instead. But I still draw and write....always hope, right?....right?....

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[–] 123_456 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I wish you the best of luck, sir. Being an artist is tough. I spent so many years of my life trying to be a writer. I just couldn't get my foot into the door. It was painful leaving it behind, but I became too old. Things got tougher. I had to make a decision. 12 years, sleeping on the floor, and making no money is too long. Mainly, no one appreciated what I did. No one liked what I wrote. They had zero respect for me. Even my relatives would insult me. Not all of them. Just some.

I remember when I met my uncle at the cemetery where my grandmother was buried. My uncle told me to quit writing, and go "actually do something." My cousin too. I told him I was writing, and then right away he goes, "What's your back up plan?" Like I would fail immediately. He was extremely condescending about it, yet he knew nothing about writing. He thought "The Life of Pi" was written by Ang Lee.

Of course then there was my mom who also discouraged me. She questioned me, and told me to quit a couple times. One time I tried to show my mom the challenges of being a writer. She made up the plot for a story, and I told her it wouldn't work, that is made no sense.

It was about someone faking her death in the subway, jumping in front of a subway car, and pretending to die from the impact. Then I went something like: "Wouldn't they just search the tunnel for her corpse?"

Major plot hole, right? But when I pointed it out my mom started crying. What's worse is she plagiarized the idea from another movie! She cried because I criticized her idea for a story that was totally derivative. But my mom has helped me out a lot. So, I'm not angry or anything.

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[–] rwbj 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

To be a game programmer. Interesting sample bias that there seem to be so many of us in here! I'd imagine a similar age as well. When I was growing up games were amazing, creative, and always pushing the boundaries. Developers like Carmack were rockstars and for somebody tech and math oriented it was a no brainer.

I suppose I achieved my goal. I have my name on a goofy little game that was ultimately published. Push a few years forwards and I ended up getting a small taste of what more normal large scale development would entail. The dream died there. I love games and game development and working in the traditional game industry is probably the most sure fire way to destroy that. Soulless poorly managed profit-above-all development with unrealistic timelines and upwards of 80 hour weeks during "crunch" which can last months. And on top of all of this nonexecutive employees are treated as little more than commodities. Just a nasty industry. Having a bit of insight into it explains why modern games are increasingly derivative, buggy messes that seem like they were designed by focus groups.

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[–] bioemerl 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You can always make games, and be a game developer, it's just hard to make a living doing it.

But it's more than worth it, to try.

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[–] 123_456 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Shit! I just started getting into game development. I made a game called Loonie Muncher.

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[–] HP48GX 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

not die... so far so good

seriously though, i want to make stuff. create stuff. write music. that sort of thing. i'm slowly getting there.

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[–] HP48GX 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

latest news is that i have anxiety disorder, compulsive disorder and a third one that i do not recall right now. Also, panic attacks.

so i guess i am not up to anything these days.

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[–] Clayton 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I wanted to be an astronaut.

I play Kerbal Space Program, so I will settle for close enough.

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[–] escapefromredditbay 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

have you considered pursuing private space travel like spaceX, etc?

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[–] escapefromredditbay 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

well, you know what they say about just the right amount of personality disorder...

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[–] Nightly 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

To join an R&D department researching futuristic materials.

Priorities change.

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[–] mr_skeltal 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I wanted to be a rock star, I still play but the fame and fortune haven't come knocking yet.

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[–] mr_skeltal 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

No I actually hadn't heard of that site, just checked it out and it looks cool! One of the lads has some recordings on his laptop so I'll get him to upload them and I'll keep post a link on /v/musicoc or something. :D

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[–] bioemerl 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

When I was young I always wanted to build robots. I was under the impression that they were like you see in cartoons. Goddard from Jimmy Neutron, and some cubix style thing where robots were companions to people as pokemon or digemon were.

I remember crying once when my grandpa told me that robots aren't actually smart.

Now I am getting a CS major, and I have been looking a lot into machine learning, and it is almost reasonably close to my original impression of what robots are/were like. I know they aren't actually intelligent, but there is something about a machine learning that brings back those same ideas. So I may well be going back into making robots, although not physical ones.

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