Went on a Tour of EA games studio today....

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#1 Posted by KABCOOL (1147 posts) -

I know this is a little off topic, but I wanted to make a thread where I normally post. Today my programming 11 class got to take a tour of EA games studio in Canada, BC. Just want to say... IT was amazing, probably one of coolest places I have ever been in my entire life. Full outdoor soccer field, basketball/hockey court, Beach volleyball with sand flown in from Malibu, Indoor floor hockey/basketball court. They have there own intermural sports teams which regularly compete with one another. The amenities they have is absolutely insane. Pilates, yoga, full cafeteria with professional chefs. Extremely flexible hours, they basically work whenever they want, as long as they get there work done its fine. They even have there own University in the building which they can take courses at! I have to say after taking a tour I can definitely see myself working there in some way, be it software engineer(programmer), or something else. It was an amazing once in a lifetime chance to check one of these major corporations wo=rk environment, I would recommend it if you ever get the chance. Our class has been learning C++ the last couple of months, of course we are just starting out and only know the basics. So far we have created a Roman Numeral converter, calculator, the infamous "hello world". This tour has aspired me to become a great programmer, any tips? I would like to know your thoughts on this and would a programmer be a good career choice for me?

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#2 Posted by Starshine_M2A2 (4931 posts) -

Didn't learn any secrets then?

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#3 Posted by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

Didn't learn any secrets then?

Starshine_M2A2

they don't want you to see where they whip the programmers

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#4 Posted by Starshine_M2A2 (4931 posts) -

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Didn't learn any secrets then?

wis3boi

they don't want you to see where they whip the programmers

For some people I'm sure that's an incentive to work for EA....
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#5 Posted by TwistedShade (3139 posts) -

I've heard nothing but bad things about the game industry as a career. Long hours, crunch time, bad job security if your game bombs. I wouldn't be surprised if they *dolled* it up a bit at all.

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#6 Posted by nutcrackr (13029 posts) -
Any BF4 news? :( Seriously though, the way you describe it pretty much explains why games are $60 and budgets are insane.
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#7 Posted by Xiumph (109 posts) -

I know this is a little off topic, but I wanted to make a thread where I normally post. Today my programming 11 class got to take a tour of EA games studio in Canada, BC. Just want to say... IT was amazing, probably one of coolest places I have ever been in my entire life. Full outdoor soccer field, basketball/hockey court, Beach volleyball with sand flown in from Malibu, Indoor floor hockey/basketball court. They have there own intermural sports teams which regularly compete with one another. The amenities they have is absolutely insane. Pilates, yoga, full cafeteria with professional chefs. Extremely flexible hours, they basically work whenever they want, as long as they get there work done its fine. They even have there own University in the building which they can take courses at! I have to say after taking a tour I can definitely see myself working there in some way, be it software engineer(programmer), or something else. It was an amazing once in a lifetime chance to check one of these major corporations wo=rk environment, I would recommend it if you ever get the chance. Our class has been learning C++ the last couple of months, of course we are just starting out and only know the basics. So far we have created a Roman Numeral converter, calculator, the infamous "hello world". This tour has aspired me to become a great programmer, any tips? I would like to know your thoughts on this and would a programmer be a good career choice for me?

KABCOOL

Maybe you should work on your paragraphs and grammar before considering working with EA.

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#8 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -

I know this is a little off topic, but I wanted to make a thread where I normally post. Today my programming 11 class got to take a tour of EA games studio in Canada, BC. Just want to say... IT was amazing, probably one of coolest places I have ever been in my entire life. Full outdoor soccer field, basketball/hockey court, Beach volleyball with sand flown in from Malibu, Indoor floor hockey/basketball court. They have there own intermural sports teams which regularly compete with one another. The amenities they have is absolutely insane. Pilates, yoga, full cafeteria with professional chefs. Extremely flexible hours, they basically work whenever they want, as long as they get there work done its fine. They even have there own University in the building which they can take courses at! I have to say after taking a tour I can definitely see myself working there in some way, be it software engineer(programmer), or something else. It was an amazing once in a lifetime chance to check one of these major corporations wo=rk environment, I would recommend it if you ever get the chance. Our class has been learning C++ the last couple of months, of course we are just starting out and only know the basics. So far we have created a Roman Numeral converter, calculator, the infamous "hello world". This tour has aspired me to become a great programmer, any tips? I would like to know your thoughts on this and would a programmer be a good career choice for me?

KABCOOL

To be a good programmer? What will really show your skills it to make a 2d platformer, tile based from scratch.
Either that or being able to torture yourself and do recursion with 5 dimensional arrays and sorting them to make every1 mad

also don't comment the code

about careers, no idea. I'm the only one who isn't a CSE major in my comp sci classes >.>

I went to EA when I was in like 6th grade with my class.
All they made us do was make crappy flash cartoons.

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#9 Posted by Macutchi (5660 posts) -

Our class has been learning C++ the last couple of months, of course we are just starting out and only know the basics. So far we have created a Roman Numeral converter, calculator, the infamous "hello world". This tour has aspired me to become a great programmer, any tips? I would like to know your thoughts on this and would a programmer be a good career choice for me?

KABCOOL

nerd

[spoiler] oj read up on object oriented programming, get your head around that and you'll be fine :cool: [/spoiler]

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#11 Posted by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

[QUOTE="KABCOOL"]

I know this is a little off topic, but I wanted to make a thread where I normally post. Today my programming 11 class got to take a tour of EA games studio in Canada, BC. Just want to say... IT was amazing, probably one of coolest places I have ever been in my entire life. Full outdoor soccer field, basketball/hockey court, Beach volleyball with sand flown in from Malibu, Indoor floor hockey/basketball court. They have there own intermural sports teams which regularly compete with one another. The amenities they have is absolutely insane. Pilates, yoga, full cafeteria with professional chefs. Extremely flexible hours, they basically work whenever they want, as long as they get there work done its fine. They even have there own University in the building which they can take courses at! I have to say after taking a tour I can definitely see myself working there in some way, be it software engineer(programmer), or something else. It was an amazing once in a lifetime chance to check one of these major corporations wo=rk environment, I would recommend it if you ever get the chance. Our class has been learning C++ the last couple of months, of course we are just starting out and only know the basics. So far we have created a Roman Numeral converter, calculator, the infamous "hello world". This tour has aspired me to become a great programmer, any tips? I would like to know your thoughts on this and would a programmer be a good career choice for me?

JigglyWiggly_

To be a good programmer? What will really show your skills it to make a 2d platformer, tile based from scratch.
Either that or being able to torture yourself and do recursion with 5 dimensional arrays and sorting them to make every1 mad

also don't comment the code

about careers, no idea. I'm the only one who isn't a CSE major in my comp sci classes >.>

I went to EA when I was in like 6th grade with my class.
All they made us do was make crappy flash cartoons.

Sooner you get comfortable with recursion, the better. :) Get to coding OP! Make me a lemonade stand game. And make me some recursively drawn art too while you're at it.
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#12 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -
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[QUOTE="KABCOOL"]

I know this is a little off topic, but I wanted to make a thread where I normally post. Today my programming 11 class got to take a tour of EA games studio in Canada, BC. Just want to say... IT was amazing, probably one of coolest places I have ever been in my entire life. Full outdoor soccer field, basketball/hockey court, Beach volleyball with sand flown in from Malibu, Indoor floor hockey/basketball court. They have there own intermural sports teams which regularly compete with one another. The amenities they have is absolutely insane. Pilates, yoga, full cafeteria with professional chefs. Extremely flexible hours, they basically work whenever they want, as long as they get there work done its fine. They even have there own University in the building which they can take courses at! I have to say after taking a tour I can definitely see myself working there in some way, be it software engineer(programmer), or something else. It was an amazing once in a lifetime chance to check one of these major corporations wo=rk environment, I would recommend it if you ever get the chance. Our class has been learning C++ the last couple of months, of course we are just starting out and only know the basics. So far we have created a Roman Numeral converter, calculator, the infamous "hello world". This tour has aspired me to become a great programmer, any tips? I would like to know your thoughts on this and would a programmer be a good career choice for me?

KHAndAnime

To be a good programmer? What will really show your skills it to make a 2d platformer, tile based from scratch.
Either that or being able to torture yourself and do recursion with 5 dimensional arrays and sorting them to make every1 mad

also don't comment the code

about careers, no idea. I'm the only one who isn't a CSE major in my comp sci classes >.>

I went to EA when I was in like 6th grade with my class.
All they made us do was make crappy flash cartoons.

Sooner you get comfortable with recursion, the better. :) Get to coding OP! Make me a lemonade stand game. And make me some recursively drawn art too while you're at it.

I am comfortable at recursion
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#13 Posted by Baranga (14217 posts) -

Seriously though, the way you describe it pretty much explains why games are $60 and budgets are insane. nutcrackr

If he's talking about the Burnaby facility, that's one of the biggest studios in the world. They make sports games IIRC.

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#14 Posted by KABCOOL (1147 posts) -

[QUOTE="nutcrackr"]Seriously though, the way you describe it pretty much explains why games are $60 and budgets are insane. Baranga

If he's talking about the Burnaby facility, that's one of the biggest studios in the world. They make sports games IIRC.

Yea it was the studio in Burnaby. Absolutely amazing facility! They have a seperate building dedicated to motion capture for all the sports games ie Hockey, Golf, etc. Unfortunately we didn't get a tour of the Mo Cap building, because I guess they had some filming going on. They also make the NFS games, Sims, and Skate if you've heard of it. Best skateboarding game of all time.

Didn't learn any secrets then?

Starshine_M2A2

Well our tour guide did talk briefly about next gen consoles and how they all sign a non disclosure agreement. He talked to us about how they get to test all the consoles out like a year before they are actually released, which was pretty awesome.

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#15 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -
[QUOTE="nutcrackr"]Any BF4 news? :( Seriously though, the way you describe it pretty much explains why games are $60 and budgets are insane.

In-game voice chat, am confirmed.