An Era of Open-Mindedness

About three weeks ago, I bought a MacBook Pro. This is my first Mac, with the exception of the Macintosh Plus that I played with as a 3-year-old (all 1 megabyte of RAM, and an expensive hard drive which I broke…). I’d been researching laptops for a few months, but only in the last month or so did I consider getting a Mac. I opened my mind to the possibility, and suddenly instead of being opposed to them, I saw all the great things about Macs. I am now absolutely thrilled with my 17” MacBook Pro and the benefits make up for the outrageous price. My biggest reason for going with the MBP, by the way, was peer pressure. I looked around me, and I saw that most computer scientists smarter than me use MacBook Pros. I knew there had to be something to them. Well now I have experienced it first hand.

Anyway, then another open minded thing happened. In my Game Design & Development class, we have been given an assignment to create a game in Unity. We were warned early on in the semester, and I dreaded it. Sure, I’m well aware that Unity is all the rage nowadays, but I have this odd opposition to many game engines and development kits. I had a miserable time doing research a year ago because I was working with UDK, and now having heard of the Unity project, I was dreading it. But now that I’m in the middle of my assignment, and being forced to use it, I have finally seen the elegance of Unity. I hate that it’s essentially monopolizing the game middleware scene, just as I hate that Apple tries to monopolize and proprietary-ize their computer scene, but I do now understand the good and bad of it.

I wonder if this “open-minded era” of mine will be a trend, or if it was just a two-time coincidence. Having an open mind is a great thing; it’s good to give the other side a chance.

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