Mapping; where doth lie the fruition of interest?

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by StoneFrog, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. StoneFrog

    StoneFrog L6: Sharp Member

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    Well, after we got some rather interesting responses in this thread which studied how many mappers had Legos or some other creative building influence in their lives as kids, I figured we ought to continue to explore all this psychological ethical mumbo jumbo. So I ask you all this.

    What career are you interested in pursuing, or already have?

    I'd like to see how many mappers go off to become architects, engineers, landscapers, et cetera. Mapping is the epitome of my creativity nowadays, and I could not imagine another application for said creativity.

    However, I'm thinking of becoming an architect. I always wanted to be an engineer, until I realized I didn't care that much for math. I'm no master of architecture in the traditional, aesthetic sense (columns, molding, statues, all that stereotypical Greco-Roman stuff) but I think I'd greatly enjoy designing buildings.

    How about all of you?
     
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  2. MangyCarface

    aa MangyCarface Mapper

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    Mapping is a hobby, and an exercise in patience as well as spatial intuition.

    I do not have faith in its potential as a career starter, at least for me. Please don't start a big argument over this opinion.

    I'll be working in the field of information sciences after I graduate.
     
  3. Cameron:D

    Cameron:D L6: Sharp Member

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    Software development or web development or IT
     
  4. mtv22

    mtv22 L3: Member

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    All the career testes point to architect but I would like to be a rocket scientist.
     
  5. kwagner

    kwagner L2: Junior Member

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    I've been working as a database programmer of one flavor or another for about 2 decades now.

    Mapping as a creative outlet.
     
  6. Connect_Four

    Connect_Four L2: Junior Member

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    Computer programming and my backup, Networking. I sometimes wish I could make a career out of mapmaking, but I would never reach that level
     
  7. Sel

    Sel Banned

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    Probably gonna keep learning 3ds for another few years and have some job in retail until I can get a job in video game, or perhaps movie modeling. Mapping really isn't a basis for any career. Level editor skills do not transfer from game to game.
     
  8. no means nomad

    no means nomad L1: Registered

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    All the high paying video game jobs are in tightening up the graphics on level 3.
     
  9. TheDarkerSideofYourShadow

    TheDarkerSideofYourShadow L10: Glamorous Member

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    I'm a double major in Computer Science and Political Science, with a double minor in Math and Sociology. I'll graduate in June, and my primary options are Politics (have an app in for a state program) or programming/computer forensics/security. Backup would be Law.
     
  10. TMP

    aa TMP Abuser of Site Rules

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    I... Am a mathematician by heart. It is what I wish to achieve the most in life.
     
  11. ProfFiendish

    ProfFiendish L2: Junior Member

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    I've had an interest in programming and game development for a while, which is why I got into mapping for TF2. I think game development would be really fun as a profession, if I eventually decide to major in programming and software engineering.

    My other option is music because I've been a cellist practically my whole life. I see mapping as an intersection of my interest in programming and artistic creativity from playing music.
     
  12. eerieone

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    i´m a freelance illustrator/graphic designer, so i´m aiming for a career in game development
    so generally for me the interest lies in creating a believable environment with style and great optics. so mapping for me is to test how what i imagine would look like in 3D and in use
     
  13. Hawk

    Hawk L7: Fancy Member

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    I ended up being a level designer/builder in videogames, so my hobby of building maps worked hand-in-hand with my career.
     
  14. BagOfChips

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    I wanted to do programming but I suck at my ap computer science class so now I'll probably go into business.
     
  15. Pink_Panther

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    well, im a radar signals analyst for the military, religious studies undergrad degree, working on a computer science masters...so I dont think any of that really helps.

    Mapping is a good hobby for me, it gets my mind going in different ways and gets that creative side out (even if other people dont like the concepts). It lets me use all the art skills i learned from classes, painting, drawing, ect (another reason many dont like the results)

    I have done lots of 3d modeling, drafting, house designs, and dabbeled in construction work. So mapping definatly applies these too.

    One issue is that you would have to get used to topologies instead of a full rendered 3d view. So you will need to learn how to visualize the results in your head. and...Learn Autocad!
     
  16. engoldin

    engoldin L2: Junior Member

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    Just my piece... Yes I had Lego's growing up and I'm an aspiring game designer.