What I did at Recurse
After working as a data engineer for three years I decided to quit and figure out if I could find a more creative application of coding.
I heard about The Recurse Center from a friend and applied with the hopes of exploring creative coding in a structured and social setting.
The Recurse Center is a self-directed, community-driven educational retreat for programmers based in New York City.
It turned out to be a fantastic decision. I learned a ton, made great friends and came out with the skills, knowledge and determination to pursue game development as a career.
I stayed for a batch and a half, which lasted 4.5 months.
While I was there these are the things I worked on and studied:
Game Development #
Worked on the networking and shaders of ungroup (a multiplayer game with a custom engine). Pairing with friends helped a lot.
Organized a game jam and made the first version of mimic with a friend.
Worked a bit with a friend on their open-world unity game where you can freely talk to NPCs using a language system.
Started a Game Dev Interest Group at RC with a friend which I still attend a year and a half later!
Read through some of The Book of Shaders.
Attending a raymarching workshop and implemented marching in PICO-8.
- Read through almost all of 3D math primer for graphics and game development and worked on the problems.
Creative Coding #
* this post was created retroactively in june 2021