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How to fail @ Hiring Designers

Published on August 5, 2013, by in Game Design.

Hiring a great Game Designer must be hard. In fact hiring for any “creative” role such as writing or art is a unique challenge, because theoretically the more “creative” a person is the less technical they should be.  It’s a classic left brain vs right brain conundrum. <I don’t actually believe this anymore. Technical knowledge comes from experience.> How do you test and certify fairly for left brained people and activities?

For example let’s compare a Game Developer vs an Artist. For the developer there is a clear path to his career.

  • You want him to have a science degree.
  • You want his resume to list an alphabet soup of languages, even better if that soup includes your preferred language .
  • You can look for things like awards, contests, high marks, best in class all of these things are good indicators of how talented he *should be* at programming.

 

  • The artist?
  • Printing the resume is a waste of trees.
  • Jump straight to the portfolio and start calling references.

Because it just doesn’t matter, he could have awards, a fine art degree and yet none of that matters if the portfolio doesn’t match what you are trying to do.

So what do you about hiring a game designer? His portfolio is the sum of all parts. If you judge him solely on his portfolio, like the artist above, you might have well just asked how much money his last studio spent and how many people did he work with. Cause that’s what you are looking at. His contribution is buried deep deep behind the visuals, sound and programming that plays across your screen.

 

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On the way home

Published on August 5, 2013, by in Personal, Travel.

Flying over Japan is like flying over Florida. I see lots and lots of lakes, rivers, farms and trees. I guess most 1st world nations infrastructure looks the same from the sky. I don’t see anything uniquely “Asian” or “Japanese” at least not from landing and takeoff. All the roads and fences cut the land into neat little squares and rectangles. It all looks the same.

JAL airport surprised me. At the waiting lounge flight crew members politely search all of your carryons. I guess they are nothing if not precautious and thorough; since I have been through not 1 but 2 security scanners already. These Japanese don’t play!

PRECURSOR:

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To think in 5 hours I will land in Japan but stay for even a single day. What a disappointment. Of all the countries I’ve wanted to visit and live in Japan has always been at the top. I’m so close…. but I have to get back to the US and handle “affairs”. Trying to operate remotely from a 12 hour time difference doesn’t work. Even in an age of emails and text messages. (more…)

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Someone Call Ice Cube, Let Him Know It Was A Good Day! ♥

Before I leave this Island of politeness, I had to make a road trip just to get my friend a gift. It started off with piling into a van designed to seat 14+driver. I think I counted 25. I was lucky to have some leg room sitting next to the door, I was unlucky to only get half of my butt no the seat. 40 Minutes later I’m strolling through the mall.

So what made this such a good day?

  • I found the gift I wanted to bring back
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  • I expected all the banks to be closed, not only was one open but they had the 1c and 5c coins in stock! SCORE! (Thanks Banco de Oro)
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  • I am a Thai Iced Tea connoisseur! Today’s Ice Tea was the best I’ve ever had. It was as thick and sweet as ice cream. Wonderful. I had to let the manager know and he was so pleased to hear it. (Plus I think he enjoys flirting with foreigners)
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What else can I say, today was a good day.

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Bonus:

Each of these bags is supposed to have 100 pieces of each coin. Whoever is filling these up is not doing a very good job though; When I couldn’t fit all of these coins into one slot I decided to count them. Each bag had 150 instead of 100!  I especially feel kind of bad since all these coins only cost me 12 piso (approx 30 cents!) I know it costs more than that to produce these coins. However both times I’ve tried to pay the banks extra, suggesting they charge me a service fee or buy themselves an ice cream, both times they smile and refuse saying they can’t. I think that officially means hell is freezing, a bank is refusing to charge me fees. It must be cold somewhere below.

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The Joys of America

Published on May 31, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

To rent a car you must have liability insurance.
A car rental agency will sell you their liability insurance for $10 a day, only if you are not a resident in their state. So if you are visiting FL and only have a FL drivers license they will not let you sign up for their liability insurance.
An insurance agent will only sell you non-owner insurance (no vehicle owned) if no one in your house owns a car. So if your staying with a friend temporarily, you must be on their policy.

So if you only have a FL drivers license, and your going to stay with a friend in Florida, you cannot get liability insurance therefore you cannot rent a car.

Why are things so complicated in America!? We have the best, hard working, smart and ethical people in the world. Yet the worst rules and regulations.

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I love me some Daft Punk

Published on May 31, 2013, by in Personal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mJirA9Hk8FY

When people say they don’t like Techno I doubt they have explored the Genre enough to know that they don’t really like it. Techno can mimic any other style, from rock and blues to symphonic and orchestra. However being born in the club scene it’s usually most associated with high energy remixes. In the 90’s however a new style of Techno dominated MTV, the sub genre was called “Big Beat” and featured musical artists such as Prodigy, The Crystal Method and Chemical Brothers. Daft Punk may not fit into the “big beat” sub genre, and I’m not qualified to say otherwise, but listening to Daft Punk brings back that nostalgic feeling. Good times.

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Lucky Day – Shiny New Centavo’s for my Game Design kit!

Published on May 30, 2013, by in Game Design, Personal, Travel.

Thank you BPI (Bank Philippines Islands) I have been searching high and low for these coins! I went in banks, I called banks, I charmed, I begged. No one would give them up. The banks here are hoarding these little coins.  But today I walked into the BPI branch at a mall, I didn’t feel much hope they would give me any, I almost didn’t go in.

And to top it all off…THEIR SO SHINY!

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Sadly they didn’t have any 5 centavo coins. Those would have been so cool with the little hole in the middle

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Awesome my design kit feel so full. Now I just need a another little case like this filled with colored wood cubes and pawns.

So much stress and crap right now I’m glad to have found a simple happy pleasure today. Thanks Philippines.

 

 

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Awesome Find – The Free 3D Models.com

Published on May 29, 2013, by in Game Assets & Tools.

This site looks great and there are no redirects when you click to download something, it just goes straight to .zip download.

http://thefree3dmodels.com/

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Travel Tip: Use Kayak.com

Published on May 29, 2013, by in Travel.

Recently I had to book a rental car for weeks at a time not days.

  • You would think a name like “rent a wreck” would be the lowest cost option. NOPE
  • You would think the price would be cheaper on the actual car rental site (ie Budget.com) NOPE

The best site so far? www.Kayak.com

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What it takes to be a Game Designer

Published on May 22, 2013, by in Game Design.

Perfect! They really nailed it, I don’t think I could explain it any better.

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Don’t Starve: Best Healing tips and tricks

Published on May 13, 2013, by in Games.

If you are new to Don’t Starve you probably want to start off with my tips for beginners.

If you are here and still reading you have figured out how to forage enough food to get by, but you still have problems surviving because you need to learn how to heal. Unlike other survival games you don’t just heal up over time, or rest outside of combat. Sleep seems like it would be the natural way to heal, but don’t waste resources on tents or bedrolls because it won’t work. Sleeping in DS is only to heal your Psyche and costs you food (you wake up very hungry so don’t sleep if you don’t have food already!)  There’s basically 4 ways to heal in DS

  1. Crafting Healing items
  2. Eat Flowers and Butterflies
  3. Eat cooked/dried foods
  4. Eat spider glands (recent update)

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