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Mark Zuckerberg credits video games with getting him into programming, and he thinks they could help others kids, too. Last week, the Facebook CEO held a town hall Q&A at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, where he fielded questions on Oculus Rift, moderating hate speech, and his birthday celebration. When asked about his favorite video game (Civilization), Zuckerberg described how being exposed to games at an early age encouraged him to experiment with technology.

"I made a lot of games for myself, and they were terrible," Zuckerberg said of his childhood experience with gaming. "But this was how I got into programming."
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"I hear a lot that parents are concerned about their kids playing games, and there are valid concerns and I think that there's an important debate to be had around that," he continued. "But I do think that if you're a parent and you don't let your children use technology, but also want them... to be open to [a career in programming], then I actually think giving people the opportunity to play around with different stuff is one of the best things you can do... I definitely would not have gotten into programming if I hadn't played games as a kid."

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I can agree with Mark, this was part of the reason why I wanted to start. I wanted to learn to code to make applications but then pushed to learn how to use CryEngine (which was a killler) lol I ended up moving away from programming as I started doing Computer Science and kind of disliked it due to the "learning experience". With games its kind of crazy as you do somthing and you get to see how it changes the output. People would want to end up making their own games and soon they would have an interest somewhere down the line which they might pursue.
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post #2 of 13
People get inspired by their hobby, more newz at 11pm
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Man that guy looks higher than a kite every time he gets a picture taken.

Anywho with the youth of today playing call of battlefield its much rarer to happen as no one wants to do anything these days except loiter on facebook all day rolleyes.gif and with many of these people playing on consoles they dont have access to experiment (if they do its very limited)

I see more people becoming mechanics than anything in the technology industry related to this as with the HQ racing games released recently that let you set up your car more people will take an interest in that and keep gaining a better understanding on what this game is teaching them for the future.
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Sure, kids can get inspired to be programmers by playing Call of Duty 3 for 8 hours a day ... and drug dealers can get inspired to become pharmacists too.

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This comes to mind:

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This comes to mind:
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I don't get where those thigns came from. I don't think I ever saw someone playing video games with that hat or gloves...
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I don't get where those thigns came from. I don't think I ever saw someone playing video games with that hat or gloves...

But the Cod shirts, and chugged moutain dew bottles while wiping the doritos/cheetos dust off their neck beards you have seen, right? biggrin.gif

It's just a joke, mainly a stereo type towards the "hardcore" scene of gamers.
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Kids can also get into programming if they were to play with lego mindstorms.
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While i don't particularly like programming and am not exactly great it i landed my current job(-s) in games industry because at even young age 13-14 i was making servers / doing scripting etc... Plus it helped me learn english better which is my 3rd language. Competition is fierce in tehnology nowadays and every bit helps.
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I won't like this idea if it only creates a trend of teens and preadolescents forwarding crap Steam Greenlight games to the crap game pile, or even mobile ones.

Hopefully this won't ever be the case.
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