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November 10th, 2005
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Plug, Screenshots, Me, Me, Me


Have I mentioned I worked on this game? This game that's on shelves now, and might make a good gift for your major Gift-Giving Occasions coming up?


I don't feel too guilty plugging it here, since there's practically no possibility of anybody seeing any royalties on this game, and since I no longer work for the company, there's really really no possibility of me seeing any tangible effect whether you get the game or not.

Still, it's not bad. Check it out sometime.

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From:ginsu
Date:November 11th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)

Tolkien, meet LeCompte. LeCompte, meet Tolkien.

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On the intersection of writing and programming, I've spent the larger part of the evening reading a number of the essays of Paul Graham.

I enjoyed them, though in a number of cases I disagree with him. I think this is because he tries to apply lessons from writing in programming, whereas I try to apply lessons from programming in writing.
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From:wendywoowho
Date:November 11th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
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That's wicked cool.
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From:sushigrade
Date:November 11th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Please tell me this is turn-based. If so, I will be on it like white on a country club. If it's a RTS, on the other hand, I might as well give up. I can't manage that many things at once in my real life, so it only gets frustrating to try to do it for fun.

In any case, congratulations, man. That is totally sweet. Though I'm kind of disappointed that you couldn't sneak in the (really!) after your credit...
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From:tsmaster
Date:November 11th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Yep, absolutely turn-based.

IGN's got a review here that gives it a 7.7/10, which isn't bad.
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From:jsmitty_o
Date:November 11th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Woo! Go you!!
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From:abbeyrd
Date:November 11th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
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That's SO COOL! I just showed you off to Mark. :)
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From:strangeanimal
Date:November 12th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
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w00t!!
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From:celisnebula
Date:November 12th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
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Seriously cool!

*Snickers*

My kid brother actually owns this... I need to steal it from him and show Brat boy your credits. It will definitely elevate your status from cool adult to hero status. Brat boy has told me that he wants to do what you do when he's older... that or at least be the one that gets to test the video games (the fact that we're a beta testing family for Nielson notwithstanding; the last game we tested was Home Harvest).

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From:tsmaster
Date:November 14th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
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My credit is maybe a minute or more in - after all the artists, you get to the programmers.

I was just talking with some of my coworkers about how many people want to be testers as a career, and I'll let you know: it's a thankless job that's a lot less fun than it sounds. My new favorite thing to tell people during that first conversation about working in games is that they aren't really games until we're done with them. Which is a bit of an exaggeration, but there's some truth in it - our jobs are work (sometimes a lot of work), and testing a game means putting in a lot of time on a piece of software that isn't fun to begin with, and if you're lucky, might become fun - after hours and hours of work.

As a programmer, I have some responsibility for giving the artists and the designers tools to work with to make a fun game, which I find pretty satisfying. Not so satisfying that I stop thinking about games at the end of the day, but sometimes frustrating to the point where I don't want to play another computer or console game in my free time.

There are a lot of ways into the games industry, and a lot of things to do one you're inside. I chose a path that involved studying a lot of math, science, and computers. That seemed to work for me. I guess I'm saying "Stay in school! Don't do drugs!" - or does that tarnish my cool adult image too much?
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From:celisnebula
Date:November 14th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
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There are a lot of ways into the games industry, and a lot of things to do one you're inside. I chose a path that involved studying a lot of math, science, and computers. That seemed to work for me. I guess I'm saying "Stay in school! Don't do drugs!" - or does that tarnish my cool adult image too much?

Naugh, I actually think it will inspire him. He does pretty well in math and science right now (far better than I ever remember doing in 5th grade) and does extremely well in the creative aspects of school, but it's nice to have examples of what doing very well in those areas will lead to. And, I think your cool adult image is safe... Brat boy is at that age (10) where any man who does something awesome in his eyes will retain hero status for a good while.
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