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Ugh, I always hate these “about you” sections since they tend to be a bit mundane no matter how hard you try to spice them up. I’ll try keep it short, here’s some bullet points.
I’m a Bulgarian living in South Africa, I moved to SA when I was 5 and have lived here ever since. My dad is a math professor and my life change in 1990 when he brought home a PC from his university. He showed me how to play “sopwith” on it and since then I’ve been hooked! I spent most of my childhood finishing every PC game I could get my hands on to, the later part of which was spent playing counter-strike professionally. I’m a huge RPG and FPS fan and I even though I like strategy games I tend to really suck at them.
My favorite games list is pretty much dominated by Bioware/Black Isle: Fallout 1/2 (NOT 3), Baldur’s Gate 1/2/TOB, Mass Effect 1/2, KOTOR, Dragon Age, The Witcher, TOEE, STALKER SOC/CS/COP, Counter Strike, Battlefield, Max Payne 1/2, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War, Need For Speed: Underground series, Call of Duty 2/4, GTA 1/2/3/San Andreas/4.
Academically, I completed 3 years of computer engineering before I got bored. I kinda realized that there was a lot of electronic engineering and very little computer science, not to mention the fact that I wasn’t too fond of staring at oscilloscopes all day. I swapped my major over to computer science and completed my BSc. and a BSc. Hons. degrees. Swapping my major to CompSci was the best thing I ever did. I love video games and I’ve always wanted to make them. The more I learn about game development the more I’m sure that I want to do it and so I decided that no matter what I will work for a game company one day and I wont stop till I achieve that goal.
Work wise, I started working as a software consultant while still in high school and spent a few years doing a bit of everything from embedded development to ERP systems to POS systems. I developed an interest in web development and ending up designing and implementing customized portal sites for various companies. I then worked at the department of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria as the web master. Over the years I’ve written my own template based framework for the rapid development of custom portal sites ( in my opinion what CAKE/Ruby on Rails should have been) in PHP. The current CS website (http://www.cs.up.ac.za) as well as the departmental postgraduate management system are both running on my framework. I am was charge of the computer graphics courses and modernized the syllabus to include DX10 and shader programming on undergraduate level.
I’m a huge geek and I’ve spent a massive amount of time in front of my PC over the years. I tend to get bored and look for new challenges, so over time I have amassed experience in most things PC related: video editing, music creation, modding, overclocking, graphic design, shell development, etc. I guess you can chalk all that down to an inquisitive nature. If I had to list all the shows, movies and books I like this page would be insanely long, pretty much if you think of a geeky cliche thing to do I have done it!
So thats pretty much me…