Pre-GDC Update – Avalanche and Box Castle

This program has really been amazing, and opened a ton of doors for me. It’s hard to even know where to start.

 

I’ve been at the Genetics Science Learning Center for about a month now, and it’s been a really great experience. I’m getting to work on a small team, all working towards a similar goal. We’ve been tackling learning objectives, and I’m getting to design based on what I’ve learned about user experience. I’m really hoping that I can convince my bosses there to start implementing data collection through their interactive learning aids. I think that would help inform some of their projects going forward, and might even help secure grant funding.

 

Around the time of my last post, I interviewed at Avalanche in Salt Lake (Warner Brothers). I took the interview mostly for practice, and I thought it went ok but not great so I didn’t post about it. Yesterday I found out that they want to hire me for an internship position though. That’s really a dream come true, it’s a really excellent opportunity and I’m really looking forward to starting this summer. I still don’t have details on what I’ll be doing exactly, but I’m sure it’ll be great. Since I didn’t expect to get that position, I had been working on lining up interviews with Rockwell Collins here in Salt Lake. I intend to still go through with those interviews, at least for the practice. If that goes well it may open doors for me later, even if it’s unlikely I take a position there now.

 

Our semester project is coming along well. I’m really happy with our process, it feels like we’ve really taken to heart all the things we’ve learned from prototyping. Rob Baer’s animations look awesome, and the whole game reads really well on a phone. Jonathan has put together a level editor, and I’ll be working on getting our minimum viable product ready in time for GDC. Speaking of GDC, I found out that I’m the only one driving, so the EAE program is renting me a car to drive their supplies. It’s coming up quick, and I’m not sure how I’ll get everything done in time, but I believe! Oh, and we settled on the studio name “Box Castle” and our team really liked my concepts for a logo, which we’ll get printed on shirts. Super stoked.

 

Ashley’s class GUR is also going really well. She’s brought in a local studio run by previous EAE graduates, and we’re going to get some consulting experience testing their game. I’ve realize that I’m going to have to make a more flexible resume soon, as my experience is quickly outpacing my layout.

 

Again, this program is amazing. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and gained.

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