But still, I'm jealous of you.
If you were to seek my advice, I'd tell you to watch some OCW (OpenCourse Ware).
http://cs50.tv <-- great for starting out. I am ready to bet $50,000 that you'll learn soooo much (while not being overwhelmed) that you can't believe it
http://see.stanford.edu/see/courses.aspx (CS106A is good for now or a little later, CS106B and CS107 are way more advanced but you might find them very educating in a year or two)
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/#electrical-e... (I've heard good things about 6.00SC)
All in all, I'd suggest you start watching cs50.tv right now (if it's not a whim and you're really interested in programming as a career, or if you at least enjoy programming right now).
Best of luck.
I even got a monthly tv spot with Leo Laporte on what was then called Tech Tv. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdh5dqbvrDE
And still...none of my games have ever been as cool as OP's. Great work man
I had no idea the author was 14 when he wrote it. I was reading it when I was only three years younger as my first programming book. Unfortunately it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it definitely helped me get started in the world of programming.
First, I started programming at 15.
Second, the beard you had at 16! Back then, I would have killed for one of those.
( http://xkcd.com/378/ )
When I say, I built my computer, I mean I designed a PCB, laid it out, etched it, assembled it, then needed to build a display board to output to a TV, which was another several months of design, etc. And when I had all that... then I had to start writing some sort of software for it! (EG: I had to write software, build an EPROM programmer (because they were expensive) burn EPROMS ..... all to get to the point where I could start working on making an implementation of BASIC!
So, when people complain that "kids can't hack on iPhones" ... well, I think its silly. You buy a Mac and you get a fantastic IDE and development platform for free, etc.
To the OP: Congrats on making your game! It looks very professional. Keep at it!
Having to build a computer (with your definition of building, of course) as a young kid... God, that's the only Heaven I want. After those two years you can send me to Hell.
Buy a Mac to hack on iPhone? I don't think that any IDE is so costly if you develop on any other phone.
Or if you're a startup, you can receive all Windows stuff for free ;) (so you don't have to pay)
That said, I'd happily pay £500 to not have to use Eclipse, but each to their own.
You must have gotten a lot of pocket money when you were 14, then.
Of course, there's always the birth lottery for most people reminiscing here.
For people coming from the third world, this kind of a feat would be very rare to come by and won't be appreciated even if they do, as they are still tackling lower level problems. Heck, my parents don't even know I do on the computer. From where I come from, good grades are the best thing a kid could show to their parents.
BTW it's never too late. I may not be 14, but I am going to have just about as much fun with my brand new arduino ;-)
I love how much things have changed in forty years. Everyone come play on my lawn!
I'm going to share this far and wide, thanks for sharing clean, direct links to the content, it helps me share them a lot easier :)
I'd like to hear your experiences. Am I the only one with problems learning "university style"?
i wish i worked on some games too. :-)