Computers had their origin in military cryptography—in a sense, every computer game represents the commandeering of a military code-breaking apparatus for purposes of human expression.
Austin Grossman, You

Don QuixoteMy name is Matthew Gallant. I occasionally use the handle “Gangles” online, the ghost of a nickname from my days as a gangly teenager. I am a homesick Canadian living abroad in Santa Monica, California. I studied software engineering at Concordia University, and am currently working as a game designer at Naughty Dog.

I started writing The Quixotic Engineer as a college student in June 2007. I write about game design, programming, music and various projects I’m working on.

The word “quixotic” is derived from Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. The word has various definitions, but my favourite is: “a person or an act that is caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals. It also serves to describe an idealism without regard to practicality.”

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