The Realities of Making Video Games

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What a week. Nonstop excitement. Yeah…so things have been heating up at work. Working for a videogame company sounds cool… I won’t lie it is cool… but it’s also a lot of hard work. Especially when you are approaching a serious deadline. After a beautiful day out with Kristen on Saturday, I had to go into work on Sunday. And I don’t mean like a few hours… I’m talking noon to midnight. It’s just the way things work out.

Anyway the week wasn’t all bad. The highlight was going to the Industrial Light & Magic/LucasArts campus in San Francisco’s Presidio.
What an amazing and creative place. On a side note the cafeteria was awesome with atleast 12 chefs cooking various types of food from: Italian, Mediterranean, burgers to sushi! I got to see a lot of beautiful concept art (so inspiring!) as well as artifacts from several movies from my youth. I stood infront of the life-size prop of Han Solo frozen in carbonite! And across from it was a hilarious lifesize Jar Jar Binks also frozen in carbonite. I’m impressed that George Lucas would let that stay in the lobby! There were various models and props from Ghostbusters, Inner Space as well as the expected hundreds of Star Wars props like original Darth Vader and Boba Fett armors.

Back to reality. Working on our game has been draining lately. But I’m staying ahead of schedule and continuing to crank out some of my best interface and screens yet.

I’m hoping we don’t work more weekends, but I know eventually I will have to again. The schedule is just too busy and we’ll all be making personal sacrifices to ensure deadlines are met. Funny, I didn’t see summer going this way…

Rome: Total War

Well, after receiving “doctor’s orders” from Detroit Rob… I went an got myself a copy of Rome: Total War. It’s a fantastic game that allows you to play one of 3 factions or families of ancient Rome. You will build cities, play the political game, arrange marriages for your clan, designate heirs and you will wage war across the ancient Mediterranean. The battles are amazing!

If you’ve considered getting it or want to read more about it click here.

The Anniversary Report

Yeah it’s been awhile since my last post. Things have been hectic to say the least. So
today is a huge double anniversay for me and the wife. 5 years married
and 14 years together. Its amazing where life leads two people who met
in highschool.

So why the radio silence? Well first there’s
work. I’m the webmaster for UltraCade Technologies, purveyors of fine
arcade gaming entertainment. Check us out at www.ultracade.com

Other highlights include my wife’s dance company, Element Dance Theater
recently peformed down in Los Angeles… Venice to be exact. It was a
great trip, and Element’s most recent work “Zoetrope” is nothing short
of amazing.

What else? Well, I’m working a few freelance gigs
including an illustration/postcard & poster design that’s almost
approved. I’ll be posting that soon. I’m also playing World of Warcraft
occasionally. Best MMORPG I’ve ever played. I say occasionally because
you can actually play for 30 minutes and feel you’ve accomplished a
small set of goals. Great gameplay and the community so far has been
fun and helpful. If you’re ever on the Kilrogg server – look me up on
the alliance faction. (my characters are Shankar and Isharah).

stay tuned for more announcements soon. =)

The Incredibles, the Zoo and more Inspiration…

It’s been a busy but fun weekend. Saturday afternoon, Kris and I picked up Mom and went to see Pixar’s The Incredibles.
In a word, it was simply incredible! Taking elements from comic books and classic Bond films and creating a wonderful new world without stooping to parody. It’s quite clear to me the movie was created more out of love or as an homage to the genres. Go see it now. I can’t wait
to see it again!

Today we hit the San Francisco Zoo. I hadn’t been there since the summer of ‘82. We had a great time and saw all sorts of beautiful animals. The new grizzly bears (who happen to be sisters) were really
shy today and we never got to see them. Polar bears and spectacled bears took care of my bear fix and we were on our way.

It’s been an inspiring weekend. I’ve got a storm of new illustration and design ideas flying around my head. Going to do a lot of drawing after dinner… that is if I can stay away from Half Life 2!