Hello there, my name is Rashad Mohammed and you have stumbled upon my game development blog. I graduated from George Brown Colleges game programming program in April 2016 and will soon be entering the wild world of professional game programming! Honestly I can’t wait. Since graduation I have kept busy by working on a number of proof of concept ideas I had while I was in school.
It has been quite the ride thus far to just get to where I am right now. Before January 2014 I had not written a single line of code in any programming language in my life! I know it’s hard to believe that, but it’s the truth. The reason being is that I completed all of my high school years in Trinidad and Tobago. Computer programming was not a priority in the Caribbean when I went to high school there. The focus was always science based. I did all of my advanced level studies in physics, chemistry and mathematics. This obviously directed me towards a science degree which I earned at the University of Waterloo in 2009. At that point I had a degree and should have been well on my way to a career in environmental science, but something was missing. My passion for that field was not what it was when I first decided to pursue that degree. For the next 2 years I settled for a chefs role in a well established Toronto restaurant. This eventually lead to a year at a supervisors role and finally 2 years as a kitchen manager which is the normal ladder to follow when in the restaurant business, but it definitely was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I always had a passion for playing video games since I first played Hades Nebula on my Commodore 64 and Super Mario Bros. on my cousins NES. In 1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time left a lasting impression on me that to this day has never dissipated. The passion also never went away and I continued to play a lot of video games. Games were always an escape from reality for me and they worked especially well as a stress reliever for the restaurant I worked at. It was during those 5 years working at the restaurant I realized what really intrigued me about video games. I wanted to truly understand how they were made.
Fortunately I had quietly been saving all of my tip-outs (a percentage of servers tips that go to the kitchen staff in restaurants) and bonuses in those 5 years. That’s when I decided it was time to use that money to invest in myself and pursue this passion of mine. I decided to relinquish my management role and go back to school, George Brown College being the school of choice! The rest as they say is history, or in my case the present 😛
This blog/website represents and will continue to represent everything that has taken place from the moment I decided to pursue my passion in video game programming.
Thank you for taking the time to read that boring bit above about me, but hey at least you know where I’m coming from now and trust me when I say it’s never too late to pursue your true passion in life.
Find it and go get it!