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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 24, 2015, 02:42:09 AM
Rewatching two of my favorite UK shows.  Red Dwarf and Hustle.  Other than that watching lots of documentaries.
2  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: July 24, 2015, 02:39:05 AM
Welcome to FF XIV A Realm Regeared

Ridiculous this gear they are shoving at us. Pretty much all what the game is about anymore. Regear everything, patch, regear everything, patch regear everything patch

Exactly why I quit FFXIV and MMOs in general.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 11, 2015, 02:32:43 AM
That wasn't  Εά ςΡσŕΤζ was it?(safe from "big brother" this way)
If its who I think you're stating, then no.  I came from them.  Kinda want to go back.

You came from ÈÄ ЅΡθЯтѕ _AND_ you want to go back? Working for them was an absolute nightmare, for me, at least.

My bad I was part of another division of them, a historic game studio they shut down in early march.  I honestly loved it there.  Sucks seeing people who have been there since the mid 90's get let go. 

Also accepted #2
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 10, 2015, 03:46:22 AM
That wasn't  Εά ςΡσŕΤζ was it?(safe from "big brother" this way)
If its who I think you're stating, then no.  I came from them.  Kinda want to go back.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2015, 08:04:02 PM
Ok guys I could really use some help.

Help me decide on my next job.  I got three offers.  Please don't bother guessing who is who, I won't answer.

Job 1: Big AAA game developer but at a studio of theirs that has only made mediocre games and had sizeable layoffs after each.  Was at first going to be a senior tools developer(making design and art tools), now its build engineer(making the automated program that takes the code and art/design data and makes it into game data).  I get to work in a sizable team for once, and I got a good friend there.  Downside is, the commute is 2 hours so I'd have to move, and they're going to pay the lowest of the three, and the area is expensive.

Job 2: Former Blizzard guys making a free to play PC/Mobile game for Korea(then the rest of Asia, then the west).   They're going for the honest free to play model like league of legends, and I actually played the game on mobile and liked it(OMG a mobile game that I'd play, someone check hell it may be frozen).  The pros are I would be the lead tools guy, get some professional unity work, wouldn't have to move, and the team is small and lots of experienced folk.  Downsides, its a startup, really getting sick of them going under when I'm in them, they were honest with me about stability(which I admire), also ....mobile.. if this game fails, then it proves it mobile isn't about fun, its about skinner boxes.

Job 3: REALLY big company that wants to get into games, bought a few game studios, this is one of them.  The pay is REALLY nice, once again interviewed for tools, but one guy (who isn't in the game team or even on the same hemisphere) didn't like me, so they offered me build engineer with the promise it will turn to tools.  Team is small, no one in my age range(mostly veterans), just got bought out, but the company who bought them they're known for aiming big and if they fail to clean shop.  In addition they do stack ranking(the bottom 20% of a team even if they're good are punished to whip the other 80% in shape, this is why MS fell behind), and have insane turnover, but this team is super cool.  Oh and I'd have to move also(2 hour commute).

Also one other things there's another job I REALLY want from another AAA game dev who wants to maintain two small teams near me, they won't have an opening, until later this year, but they really liked me, I do want to wait for them.  Also I'm working with two respectable indies nearby also, both are going to be able to talk full time in a few months.....

Thanks guys.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2015, 04:36:08 AM
So I got a few job offers coming in, but I'm noticing a trend, happened twice so far.  "We're sorry but the job of tools engineer(level editor art tools etc) is going to someone else due to <hiring a friend/one asshole didn't like you/just cause>, but you did amazing in the programming test, and the whole team likes you, how about build engineer?".  I'm not even a fucking build engineer, its just the fucking game industry can't find anyone interested in maintaining the automated builds of the game, and making sure the game auto tests and is fit for QA.  That's great its just not for me.  At Maxis thanks to my boss, the build engineers were valued and such and I helped them out during my down time(I fear this lead me to this situation).  Found out chatting with them that outside of maxis everyone treated them as second class citizens, not surprising the game industry is backwards.  Kinda like me when I started doing tools back in the days.  Now build engineers are the new second class citizens and everyone wants me in that role. 

One company assured me I would be doing game tools in a year and that they don't treat them as second class citizens.  The other team decided to hire their friend in the senior tools role but they liked me so much they decided to make this role, they said unofficially I'd be back to doing game tools come launch, and they said yes there will be resistance in getting the other engineers to comply to a build system, so yeah second class citizen. 

going indie is looking more and more attractive.....but alas I like paychecks and I can't manage others worth a shit.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 13, 2015, 07:49:33 PM
I don't know this first hand of course, but I'm certain you'd get just as irritated with women blowing up your phone and inbox as you do with prospective employers.

It would still be nice for a day ... a week.  I wouldn't mind taking time off of games, cooking lessons, reading, etc. for that :P
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 13, 2015, 03:47:23 PM
I never thought I'd say this but...

Too many fucking people are approaching me for jobs.  I actually filled out my schedule next week with interviews, tests, phone interviews.  And its not the usual "hey why don't you join our dynamic new social mobile games startup, we got no one over 25 and an onsite brewer and party all day, we could use you to get more VC" ><  its "Hi I'm from <name of reputable game company> we want to talk".  

I just want to relax and play video games :(

Wish this was the same with me for girls :_(
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 04, 2015, 11:42:37 PM
http://kotaku.com/ea-shuts-down-simcity-developer-maxis-1689454903
:( it was the best place I worked at and the best 3 years of my recent life, and the best place to be when recovering from a broken engagement.   

As Death from Sandman said "All good things must come to an end, that's what gives it value".

Anyone know any game developers(preferably not mobile, if so hopefully not crap mobile) in the SF bay area looking?  Or better yet, anyone willing to fund my RPG?
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: February 20, 2015, 01:04:16 AM
Wait whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ??!

https://steamdb.info/sub/61325/

What is THIS ?

(for those who don't get it, this is a very strong indicator that Zestiria will be on Steam)

Watch it join Destiny PS2 and Vesperia PS3 (or will it be the PS4 version that has the extra character and stuff but is doomed to forever remain in Japan).

Steam is almost unheard of in Japan, this was made for the west.  Now they fucking listen to me (and my team)....assholes -_-
11  The Rest / The Bazaar / My Majora's Mask New 3DS and Majora's Mask CE on: February 19, 2015, 12:44:53 AM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zelda-Majora-039-s-Mask-New-3DS-XL-Zelda-Majora-039-s-Mask-collector-039-s-Edition-/281603912970?

If anyone is interested, I can drop the Ebay and we can discuss price :)
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 11, 2015, 01:51:36 AM
Just realized I haven't posted in months.....
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: August 03, 2014, 03:28:51 PM
My List:
Arkham Horror
Eldritch Horror
Elder Sign
Mansions of Madness
Betrayal at House on the Hill(personal fav)
Red Dragon Inn
Game of Thrones
Twilight Imperium
Pandemic
Cosmic Encounter
14  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Valiant Hearts on: July 02, 2014, 02:32:26 AM
Just beat it....gimme a minute to finish bawling.  Amazing game.
15  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Valiant Hearts on: June 29, 2014, 04:15:21 PM
Is anyone else playing this game?  Might be 2014's underrated gem.  A puzzle/platformer showing you the horrors of war.  Above average game, but story and presentation makes it amazing.  

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