Seriously, there are lots of things that irk me, but my lecturer this year has been one of the worst rage-inducing
, volcano-causing MIND-GRINDING
piece of SHIT lecturers I've EVER had throughout the 3 years that I've been in this course.
To give a short run-down first, I'm taking Games Design and Development. Big mistake; I wholefully regret doing that now. But that's the past. Let me continue on with my rant.
the year even started this piece of shit, a pathetic excuse for a lecturer already DESTROYED
the course submission requirements. What it was originally was, simply put, to develop a well-made and good game. We were able to go into groups of 6 to do a 3D game or 3 to do a 2D game.
There are TWO
people in class going for some
programme. Not that I mind it or anything, but how the lecturers have been EXTREMELY biased towards the both of them for god knows what reason PISSES ME OFF TO NO END. I know for sure that for one of them it's because of the fact that she's the only girl in class and sucks up to one of the lecturers. No biggie, she admittedly draws well too, although there are artists of the same calibre in class who DO NOT GET ANY ATTENTION BECAUSE THE LECTURERS ARE SO GOD DAMN BIASED
. Because of that they had to be sent away for 2 months (one term) to participate in that programme. Obviously they needed the extra manpower and their 'clique' of friends in class had 7 people. So, they called for the lecturer to allow 7 people into their team, but it was CONSTANTLY AND STUBBORNLY TURNED DOWN. Not only did it slow down the process for their team it slowed down the team building process for mine too because we had to take one of them; taking one of the LEFTOVERS
an option. Fine, fine. So don't allow it. They're good enough already with powerful and capable members. At least this got settled in the end, but it's NOTHING compared to what happens next.
Sidetracking slightly, what happened to one of my more unlucky friends is that he somehow got caught up in a 6-man team with 3 losers who do nothing but shit all over themselves all day
and play DoTA. Obviously he wanted to call for a group split as time went on, and it happened. Eventually they did, and told that abon
HEAD LECTURER that they wanted to have a group split. Guess what happens? He DENIES
it, telling them that the SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FINAL YEAR PROJECT HAVE BEEN CHANGED. Not only was the project supposed to begin A WEEK from when he told us this, most of the groups have already had many, MANY in-depth discussions about what they would want to do for the FINAL YEAR Project!
Guess what he changed it to?
He wants us to do a 2D CASUAL GAME PROJECT and a SERIOUS 3D GAME PROJECT. That abon
HEAD!! TWO Final Year Projects. WHY THE ****!?
Oh, it's because of THOSE TWO
, of course! Oh, and partly because the previous cohort had a group that the lecturers (ESPECIALLY HIM) were also EXTREMELY
biased towards who had some guy in it who decided to do a miniature, 2D Flash version of their 3D Game Project. Now THIS is where it all starts GOING DOWNHILL. The ENTIRE class was in an uproar over this because of how sudden and ridiculously inane it was. Obviously we demanded for an explanation, and guess what we got?
"...Because of the two of your friends going for the programme, I have decided to splits your Final Year Project into Two. The reason for this is because I would rather you guys focus on Bite-Sized Quality Projects rather than Repeatitive Quantity Projects. I also have changed the time table to last from 8 AM to 6 PM to simulate a dynamic, work-based environment. I also want to focus on Broad-based education, so rather than making the games you like, you will try to understand the various roles of being in a group."
Why is it brown? Because it's BULLSHIT
of course!! Not only did he phrase it in a way that it PLANTED THE BLAME
on the both of them and EXPOSED HIS TRUE INTENTIONS, which were obviously to change the project in a way that would bring an advantage to his oh so favourite group. As if like that was not bad enough, he literally REARRANGED and DESTROYED the original schedule, leaving us with no choice but to RE-SCHEDULE EVERYTHING. Moreover, we've already COVERED ALL OF THESE IN OUR FIRST 2 YEARS!!
Not to mention the amount of politics and biasedness going on BEHIND THE SCENES. Not really long ago, one of my classmates was found surfing pornographic material at his Internship and although it might have been a misunderstanding BOTH THE GUY WHO REPORTED IT AND HIM GOT PUNISHED
. Seriously, WHAT THE HELL? Why should the INNOCENT PARTY be punished?
From the events that transpired and from my personal experience with them, they care about their REPUTATION and PRIDE
more than anything else. I'll bring up more on these points later on.
Luckily the place that I was having my Intrernship at was willing to let me do my "2D CASUAL GAME" there with one of my friends. Of course, because of the same lecturer, we had tons of choke-ups and problems before we could finally DO any form of idea pitching or presentation. Because of THAT abonHEADED LECTURER
. He made the boss of the company miss TWO meetings and rushed to meet HIS timing all for NOTHING because he ALWAYS SEEMS TO HAVE SOME "URGENT MEETINGS" CROPPING UP EVERY SINGLE abonING TIME WE WANT TO MEET WITH THE COMPANY, CAUSING THEM DELAYS AND MAKING THEM MISS MEETINGS WITH OTHERS FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON.
Oh, and guess what he tells us?
"Hey guys for the ideas that your gonna pitch to them pleas let us run thru them first before you do. We don't want you to give out any crazy ideas that might tarnish the reputation of our school.
Well EXCUSE ME, abonHEAD!! WHO HAS BEEN THE ONE "TARNISHING" THE REPUTATION ALL THIS TIME?
Now I'll move on to the things he does DURING our Final Year Project. I thought that I've already seen the worst but NO HE WAS WORSE THAN I THOUGHT.
So there are 5 groups in class. 1 of them has the president of the School's Club in it, so he can't say anything in case he pisses him off and does something unimaginable to him. Another one of them is his favourite group, so he would obviously
THEM. Next is the one who has to work with their Internship so he can't touch them while the other 3 groups are mine, another nondescript one and finally, the one with the losers in class that one of my friends unfortunately ended up in.
At first we proposed an Action Adventure RPG game along the lines of Devil May Cry to him. We've been thinking about the idea, developing it throughout our ENTIRE Internship, researching into concepts and having various group meetings and discussons about how we would go about doing it and guess what happens? HE REJECTS IT, CALLING IT DRY, "NO WOW FACTOR", NO UNIQUE SELLING POINT AND THAT IT WAS BORING.
It basically was a 3D Version of Super Mario RPG for the SNES, except the battles were Real-time action and Aerial-based like Dissidia. We also had thought hard about a combo system to implement into our game. Okay, that's fine, just throw away all the shit we've done throughout the holiday, just BREEZE through our research and ignore it.
Okay, so we go back into the concepualization stage and think of another idea. After intense discussion, we dediced propose a game that combines element from Metal Gear Solid, Splinter Cell and Yume Nikki
. What happens to THAT one? Tt gets TURNED DOWN TOO, having the same "DRY" and "NO WOW FACTOR" points that he told us about! WOOPIE!
And also we get told that we keep trying to make "Games that we like" and that we should "Think out of the box". SURE, LET'S DO WII JANITOR AND WORLD'S BEST MATH TEACHER WII FOR OUR abonING FINAL YEAR PROJECT!!
We ended up doing a game for both casualabon
s and hardcoreabon
s. It works alot like Custom Robo and Dissidia, but with elements from Pokemon and Smash Bros. I presented it in a way that it would make it look like an easy peasy game for kids and guess what? He APPROVES IT, saying it's "MUCH BETTER" than our previous 2 projects! WHAT!?
Down the road, I've come to find out that 2 groups were allowed to do Action Adventure RPG Games. Can anyone guess which one of the groups were allowed to do them?
Getting back to my friend who had the twisted fate of ending up in the shittiest group in class. At first they also proposed an Action Adventure game, but it got turned out the same way as ours did. Also, that abon
headed lecturer told them,
"Why don't you guys combine your current game with Puzzle Game?"
So they went back and conceptualized, and came up with a Puzzle Game. It was pretty alright, but what happens? It gets turned down, dissected, RIPPED OUT INSIDE-OUT BY THAT abonHEAD AND TURNED INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GAME. It essentially becomes HIM who came up with the idea and conceptualized it; how's that for manipulation and politics? And, he LOVES that idea so damn much, that during OUR pitch he told us about that idea that "they" DEVELOPED AND HOW MUCH MORE OF A "POWERFUL" CONCEPT IT WAS "DESPITE HOW SIMPLE IT IS".
So, what IS it?
"They had a great idea, an obstacle course platformer, played HORIZONTAL SPLIT SCREEN between TWO PLAYERS ONLY. Each player starts off at opposite ends of the course, and race towards the other end. During the way, they can plant traps and obstacles, which would trap the other player and delaying him once they reach that part. But it also takes time to put the traps, so it's strategy. The traps work 100% and never fails and for example, if it takes 5 seconds to plant it stuns for 5 seconds"
Not only was the obvious loophole there that PLANTING THE TRAPS WAS COMPLETELY REDUNDANT SINCE IT ENDS UP BALANCING TO NOTHING ANYWAY AND THAT THE -ONLY- PLAYER INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TWO PLAYERS WAS ONLY -ONCE- THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE GAME!!
Despite this, he INSISTED them on doing it, so they had no choice but to.
The best part is yet to come. They have been constantly arguing against that abon
head about the idea but he KEEPS INSISTING THAT THEY DO IT, SAYING THAT IT'S SUCH A GREAT
CONCEPT. Moreover, any OTHER concepts that they attempted to propose were almost INSTANTLY shot down NO MATTER HOW GOOD THEY WERE!
Oh, and that nondescript group that I talked about had their own fair share of bullshit from him too. He insisted on them doing a 3D VERSION OF TETRIS
when they already had their own unique puzzle game based around shadows already. Starting to see a pattern here?
He BRINGS DOWN the groups that he THINKS CAN'T DO ANYTHING, ONLY SEEING THINGS AT SURFACE LEVEL. He SUPPORTS AND KISSES THE ASSES OF THE GROUPS HE LOVES, ALLOWING THEM TO DO WHATEVER THE Y abonING WANT!!
He only sees things at surface-level and never bothers finding out more before making conclusions. He knows SHIT about games design and is a casualabon
who loves games like Wii Sports. He's a abon
head who is extremely biased and does not care about anyone else except those he likes. He wants to bring up those that he likes and bring down those that he dosen't. He is completely oblivious and blind to how hated he is in class and the amount of stress and anger he brings everyone, thinking that he is doing it all for 'our' own good. He is manipulative and insistent on his shitty ideas. He makes shitty suggestions all the time and has an IQ of a snail, if he even has one. He has no form of common sense whatsoever. He's a abon
...I'll stop here.