I've always thought that Salmon should be the symbol for programmers. They work their asses off swimming upstream and then die.
Game programming is especially hard and console programming is even harder. Console programming is embedded systems programming, one of the most difficult types of programming there is, plus it has to be fun. Plus you have to write a bunch of tools that artists, designers and sound/music people can use. Wow.
Anyway, here's a picture of some Frozen in Time Water from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Notice the Salmon trying to get upstream to the nice peaceful waters above the short waterfall. It's just like game programming.
Check out this next guy: He is so close! But I can tell you he didn't make it (at least on that jump). That's also what game programming and production is like: you can get so close to being successful and just miss. And in show biz a miss is as good as a mile.
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