Worked as computer artist for cca 20 years, as project manager and art director for 10, as game designer for 6, as tools programmer for couple :)

Game development is still a great passion of mine. After those 20 years its more of a hobby now though.

Regarding programming:
started with Ansi C, and it was a horrible experience :)
looked at C++, ren away screaming :)
done some work in PhP, when it was still young
done a lot of (game) prototypes (fast) in GameMaker !
settled with .NET not very long time ago. Still looking for something that isn't such a memory hog.

Can make a beautiful pixel art images ;)