Nov 11, 2008

I Am Blind Renderer

Okay.  Since it's my first post, I figured it would make the most sense to explain why I picked up the name, Blind Renderer.

Sadly, it's my identity.

First, I'm a renderer, which is another name of graphics programmer(in the gaming industry), but for some reason, I like to be called as a renderer than graphics programmer.  So there goes the first(or second) bit.

Second, I am really blind.... Well sorta... I'm actually colour blind.  People do ask me which colour I cannot see.  Sorry, but I can see all the colours.  Actually I have a mild form of colour blindness, which is called Anormalous Trichromacy, I believe.  Accordnig to Wikipedia:

Anomalous trichromacy is a common type of inherited color vision deficiency, occurring when one of the three cone pigments is altered in its spectral sensitivity. This results in an impairment, rather than loss, of trichromacy (normal three-dimensional color vision).
  • Protanomaly is a mild color vision defect in which an altered spectral sensitivity of red retinal receptors (closer to green receptor response) results in poor red-green hue discrimination. It is hereditary, sex-linked, and present in 1% of all males. It is often passed from mother to child.
  • Deuteranomaly, caused by a similar shift in the green retinal receptors, is by far the most common type of color vision deficiency, mildly affecting red-green hue discrimination in 5% of all males. It is hereditary and sex-linked.
  • Tritanomaly is a rare, hereditary color vision deficiency affecting blue-yellow hue discrimination.

When I say, "I'm colour blind.  And I'm a renderer", people thinks I am lying because they think colour blinds cannot do the work.  But as I said above, I am not complete colour blind, so I can do my job (and I love this job) although having weaker colour sense is a bit unfortunate.  And trust me, I have even seen a colour-blind environment artist lead who's kicking ass in his job. (well minus texture works)

So long story short, I'm a colour blind and a renderer, which makes me Blind Renderer.  Such a cool nickname, eh?

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