Narrative Essay About Video Games

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Just like every other kid on the block , I was glued onto some sort of LCD screen since the age of 8. It was until I entered my first year of high school that I truly understood the beauty of video gaming. I was captivated by the fact that videogames could allow users to role play as certain characters and bring the story to life. It created a unique platform for friends to connect. Inspired by this new understanding, I decided that I wanted to create my own game. Extremely motivated and determined to complete this task, I asked my friend if he wanted to collaborate with me and be my animator. Being the young kids we were, we were fascinated by the dreams and accomplishments of our creation rather than the actual work that it will require. …show more content…
I kept on making the same errors that I made a year ago when I first picked up programming. Little did I know that this was a growing pain and it was crucial for me to get accustomed to this continuous struggle. Unlike my other classmates, I persevered when nothing made sense to me. It was the dream of being able to finally make this game that kept me ticking. As a result of this endurance, I finally understood why my code was underlined with red scribbles when I defined a decimal value as an integer or if I forgot a semicolon (a necessary element to end a statement in java). By the end of the year, I decided that I had enough knowledge to make my first application. Starting off small, I created a simple calculator that computed the volume and surface area of a given 3D object. While creating this game, I encountered a lot of obstacles such as creating a GUI —something that was not in the curriculum, It was then that I was grateful for struggling early on to realize that this is what it takes to become a true programmer. A programmer must struggle to learn from his mistakes repeatedly before he can make a polished and refined program. This mentality seeped into my work ethic and I started to realize that mistakes were vital for the bigger picture. I experienced first hand how failures leads to …show more content…
After receiving a grant from the board of education, we registered for a competition called First Tech Challenge. Our task was to build a robot that can maneuver around obstacles a complete certain challenges set up by the committee. My job was to program an app that controlled the movements of the robot. While being involved in this activity, I decided to finish a personal project with my friend. After spending a year learning how to program, I decided that I finally had the foundation to do what I wanted to do all along—create a game After my friend agreed to work together, we continued the project that we first started our freshman year of high school. While being involved in both of these activities, I learned about the amount of effort it takes to create something so simple. In the beginning, I spent countless hours trying to figure out how to map our sprites onto the screen and how to bridge a connection between our robot and the controller. However, the more time I spent working, the more adept I became at programming. Future issues that came up were easier to handle because I had developed my thought process enough to solve the issues. In order for me to further develop myself, I need to be constantly fed projects to do. That is why I think Rutgers is the perfect college for me. While researching about Rutgers’ computer science department, I was

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