First Strike - Dev Diary #19 - RedMonkey999

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First Strike has posted a new developer diary from RedMonkey999.

Dev Diary #19 - RedMonkey

Hello everyone, my name is Sam “RedMonkey†Olson, I’m 21 years old, from Seattle, Washington (USA), and I’m primarily a modeler for First Strike.

It All Began When...

My path towards joining First Strike started back in 1997 when I went to see the re-released special edition of Star Wars: A New Hope in the theaters. After seeing ANH, I was hooked. I went to see the other Star Wars films (the original trilogy) in the theaters as soon as they were released, and I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since. Some years later, when I entered high school, I took a summer course in 3D animation through the DigiPen Institute where I learned how to use 3D Studio Max 5 (ancient, I know). I liked it so much that I took another summer course in videogame programming, and then signed up for their full-year videogame programming and design program. After finishing up my year at DigiPen, I decided to go into aeronautical engineering and assumed that my videogame-making days were over. However, during my first year of school at the University of Washington, I decided I wanted to get into modding for Battlefield: 2. I began my modding career making models for the now defunct Russian Assault mod. When Russian Assault closed its doors, I decided to apply for First Strike, an amazing-looking Star Wars mod that I had been following for short time. The team accepted me as a developer in November of 2005, and the rest is history.

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