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    Graphics, GPU Architecture, Optimization, Information Theory, you know... the usual ;)

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  1. @BMac hi , it has been a little while since I posted this, I am a busy grad student and was making a living over the summer working on a side project for the Navy. I was wondering if you had any advice to give or suggestions for directions to go. @Boeroer suggested I reach out to you. It is hard to find time to do modding because I am a grad student. However, I may have a break in the winter where I can work on a modding side project if there is one I would be a good fit for but it’s hard to know where to start. Do you have any suggestions? I know CUDA and GPU architecture, I would really love it if there were a modding task that used that knowledge.
  2. The connections I make at school are mostly related to my academic work, not anything else. I do not venture to far from what my advisor is looking for out of me. I have succeeded a little bit though, I met a recruiter from a pretty big video game company and was able to connect on LinkedIn. Obsidian recently joined itself with Microsoft, which makes it suddenly an extremely attractive employer. Potentially maybe having opportunity for someone with a unique set of skills! It's a shame there are not more developers on the forum (but understandable...), if you know of any good blogs to read I would love to hear about them.
  3. Howdy, I have a somewhat serious career question. Spoiler: I've had a glass of wine and finals just ended so please excuse any dumb typos. I am a graduate student at a major state university in the US that is fairly well known for graphics research (it is in the top ~50 in the world for graphics research). I am a PhD student here. I absolutely love video games, and I have always loved Obsidian games in particular. Before Obsidian, back in the early 2000s when I was growing up, I would spend hours and hours playing Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, I've just loved these games. It is a backup plan of mine in case grad school does not work out to work in the game industry. I am an excellent student, and not to bad of a researcher, but my wife and I are thinking about settling down and starting a family. I have VR development experience working as a computer scientist intern for the Department of Defense and some unique development experience, for example I have a patent in the digital signage industry. I am told that in order to get into the video game industry you have to write "mods" for games. I really enjoy GPU architecture and writing CUDA/OpenGL/OpenCL code. I am pretty good at writing shaders, but I really shine when it comes to optimizing code that you want to run on the GPU. I got my start in the industry (years ago, before I went to school) as a video game tester. I am very detail oriented. I am not a huge fan of making mods for games because I just don't have a lot of artistic talent. My brothers make mods they love it, but it isn't for me. This isn't to say I am not creative, my whole family is creative af, but I just can't draw like my siblings. I was wondering what kinds of jobs somewhat like me should be looking for? Is it reasonable to think I could get a job in the video game industry if grad school does not work out? Is it true that only people who make mods really have any hope of getting a career started in this industry? Thank you so much for your thoughts To prove my skillz (and that I am real), I attached a picture of a recent project. It is called a Sphube. It is not just a cube with round edges. It is a sextic algebraic surface. The ray tracer I wrote uses bounding boxes and a really simple iterative solver (Newton-Raphson method) to find the roots where the ray intersects the surface. There are some interesting optical properties of the sphube. This is not something you will find anywhere else (to my knowledge).
  4. Hi there, The game crashed. I attached the crash logs, I attached a screen shot of exactly where I was located on the map when the crash was encountered. I have a screenshot, the crash dmp, the error log and the output log, I attached them to this email. I attached output from the windows system info utility, the game logs, the dmp file, a screenshot of my location and will be happy to provide any details if they are needed I love your games! game_crash804pm6142019.zip
  5. Hi, this is one of my first times posting. I am thinking about switching to Linux from Windows because I am totally fed up with Windows. My computer has an AMD 8350, a sabertooth motherboard, a gtx 980 ti, and a fancy NIC. Has anyone done the switch with POE, or anyone in the beta done the switch? Did QA take a good look at it? How would you characterize the difference between bugs filed for linux and bugs filed for windows? ) Is there a distro that is good for both software development and gaming? I am starting a PhD in computer science focusing on graphics development and visualization in the Fall, so I need it to work for both gaming and development. I am so excited for this game!
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