Moped Madness

Ho chi Minh (aka Saigon) has to be the most crazy, chaotic, hectic and full on city there is.

And i loved every single bit of it.
cool shot...
posted January 18th, 2011  
oh fav!!!!
posted January 18th, 2011  
great capture of all the activity!!
posted January 19th, 2011  
and murray, i'm not sure if i've mentioned it to you before, but you have my son's dream job! he's only 11, but he wants to create video games. any advice? (:
posted January 19th, 2011  
@bcurrie Two main ways to get into games.

1 - programming. Become a coder for games - need to study computers and programming. Do a computer science degree, and learn various programming languages. We mainly use C++ on our games.

2 - artist - for the artistically minded study either animation or 3D modelling. Main software packages used are Maya and 3d max. A strong artistic talent is required here along with the technical knowledge of the 3d packages.

The third strand whihc is harder to get into is to be a designer - again a computer science degree is strongly recommended as a design job is still heavily technical, although knowing programming is not needed. Scripting knowledge and such like is used though. And play LOTS AND LOTS of games to be a designer, they need to know games.

Steer clear of games courses generally. Most are useless and don't teach the required skills. more specialised art and computer science course are better percieved in the industry.

To get into production i.e. producer like me - most come through the ranks of other disciplines (art, code, or design) and sometimes QA. I came a different route after working in project management for many years outside of the industry.

QA is also a way to get ito the industry - as a tester - but its the worst job around, pays shit money, and i wouldn't wish anyone the job of tester.

To sum up - if your son is artistically minded then learn 3D art or animation. If he is technically/computer minded then learn programming or computers and go the code/designer route. Get him to start learning these things now even at 11. The sooner he starts then he'll be one step ahead of the competition.

And be patient and strong willed. Its a VERY VERY difficult industry to get a start in. Persevere though and you can make it. I won't pretend its easy though. But If he's committed he can do it.
posted January 19th, 2011  
@hednod wow--thanks so much for all the information. i really do appreciate it. he's much more artistically inclined (you can see many of his paintings in my 365 first album). he loves to draw, he's even done a 'storyboard' of a game he wants to create. are you familiar with 'little big planet'? he has created lots of his own 'levels' within that game, and just loves it. well, again, i really do appreciate the info, and that you took the time to share it with me. (:
posted January 19th, 2011  
i remember when i went to vietnam, my family thought i was so silly for being so nervous crossing the street. it's second nature for ppl there with the massive bike lanes everywhere
posted January 20th, 2011  
Great action shot!! Gotta love the traffic over there...
posted January 20th, 2011  
WOW!!! This is wicked cool!
posted January 21st, 2011  
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