My friend knew computers. I eventually followed
I first met Howard during my first day in college. Howard was a skinny and shy-looking boy and I guess not many college guys would have loved to hang out with him. He was strangely quiet, but since I came from the countryside and knew no one in college, he was my perfect match. This made us seek special arrangements from the hostel’s department so that he would become my roommate. I was glad when that was accepted.
He was a real computer genius although I saw nothing fancy about the computer. I had joined college in order to study accounting unlike him who wanted to become a computer developer. During our initial days, he would spend time doing his stuff on his PC while I mostly concentrated in reading novels and other works of fiction. He would tell me of something fancy that he had accomplished but I never paid much attention.
Challenged to write a game message
One day he came up with a challenge that I was willing to take. He was creating a video game and wanted me to come up with some funny message that he would incorporate in his creation. Being the talkative guy I was, and given that he was willing to pay a fee for my work, I gladly accepted.
I then spend that whole weekend brainstorming anything funny. I presented my work and told him to go through it and then pay me. However, I was disappointed when, he told me that all while I was humorous, it wouldn’t fit in because my jokes were out of context.
I was angry at him and I thought that he was just using me. Calm as he was, he explained to me that it was his mistake that he hadn’t given me clear instruction and he opted to pay for the work, though he told me that it wasn’t useful. This made me feel bad. There was no way I was going to accept payment for something not done. I rejected it and instead chose to understand what he was creating and then work on the humorous content needed.
I paid more attention, realized the details were important
That evening I spent time understanding what he was developing and I really got interested. As I understood his plot, a tingling feeling in me made me love what he was creating. A fire was lit inside me and I felt the urge to create a video game too.
As a humble guy as Howard was, he accepted to let me be his apprentice. I learnt a lot from him, and through the use of gaming engine, I came up with my game. It wasn’t that easy but given my level of creativity, I managed to put up a game that he himself admired.
After my first year in college, I decided to drop the accounting course and shift to computer engineering. I did a text and scored very well and joined the computer department. That was my journey to the developer that I’m today, all courtesy of Howard.