As evidenced by the increasingly sporadic posts on this site, it seems the information well has dried up—the trademark registrations, the domain registrations, the Google searches, the LinkedIn profiles, the resumes/CVs, et cetera. I guess it was inevitable that the industry would take note of potential liabilities to their modus operandi, and if anything, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.
The information has become obscure enough that the time investment it takes to comb for the information is far greater than the interest I have for combing for that information. The type of things that I used to be find quite easily were now scattered in bits and pieces across a multitude of places, which greatly increased the time it takes to find these things.
Perhaps more importantly, what used to be feel like a quasi-Indiana Jones-esque insatiable pursuit began to feel like drudgery. I don’t see much point in continuing something I do voluntarily when it starts to feel dispiriting, even if it was borne out of something resembling a labor of love. (To be honest, this isn’t terribly surprising either, and I even wrote a version of this post months ago when I was particularly uninterested; however, I’m not going use that version because it is pretty depressing/is mostly a rant about how much I hated Fallout 3.)
I don’t think what I did (Googling and checking databases; corroborating things) was terribly difficult, and in the end, the pursuit of information seemed to be an uninteresting arms race rather than me feeling like I was bringing anything new to the table; there are voracious forum users, voracious bloggers, voracious tweeters and voracious journalists, so I don’t think this style of sleuthing will exactly disappear. Also, this blog was no longer satiating my egotistic pursuits (no one starts an anonymous, semi-provocative gaming blog without their ego in mind): day-to-day traffic and discussion had plateaued awhile ago and just continued to dwindle.
Finally, for number of reasons (chiefly legal), I will not be revealing my identity (at least not publicly), but anyone curious about anything can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org (or you could send a DM to twitter.com/supererogatory if I’m following you). I still have all intentions to continue tweeting from the superannuation Twitter account, and if I come across anything interesting in my typical web travails (not frequent searches of databases or intense Googling, just things I stumble upon), I’ll make note of it there; I don’t imagine I am going to run out of inane things to ramble or complain about in the immediate future.
Edit: There’s also a Formspring if you want to ask questions.
Title: Lead Animator
Duties: Directing animation, 3d modeling and animation, coordination and design of animation/programming/final product pipeline.
PC: 3D Studio, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, Autocad, Animator Pro
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1996-97)
Executive producer: Steven Spielberg
Character Creation (modeling and animating) of all player characters. Contributed to state-of-the-art pioneering of morphing techniques and transitions to create the most responsive, yet visually realistic real time playable characters of any computer game to date. Characters include Compy, Dimorphedon, T-Rex, Velociraptor, and Humans.
Virtual Life (1995)
Producer: Alan Hartman
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Nora Efron
Storyboard: David Lowery
Character creation (modeling and animating) of all characters in this real time 3D romantic comedy. Body and facial animation of people and animals. Interactive sequences, cinematic, and real time animation.
Wait, there was a Nora Ephron/Steven Spielberg FMV romcom in the works in the early days of DreamWorks Interactive? Woah.
This project, known internally as Legends, was a cover-based 3rd Person Shooter intended to fuse the gameplay mechanics of Battlefront, with the randomized dungeon and loot generation of Diablo, along with the quest structure and conventions of World of Warcraft. The project went through many evolutionary and streamlining phases but ultimately never coalesced, but you can get a sense of it’s intended tone, style, and gameplay by playing Borderlands from Gearbox Software, which is conceptually similar.
Can’t be worse than Naughty Bear
Studio Creative Directorhttp://ca.linkedin.com/in/gouellet
(Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Games industry)
September 2006 — Present (4 years )
Artificial Mind & Movement
(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)
February 2007 — Present (3 years 7 months)
Currently working on: “Rango Next Gen”
29903 Agoura Rd.
Agoura Hills, California 91301
Domain Name: REDFACTIONBATTLEGROUNDS.COM
Created on: 03-Aug-10
Expires on: 03-Aug-11
Last Updated on: 03-Aug-10
Sounds like a portable thing meant to be played in short bursts.
Created on…………..: Tue, Dec 15, 2009
Expires on…………..: Sun, Jun 24, 2012
Record last updated on..: Sun, Dec 20, 2009
209 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065
Namco Networks America Inc.
1740 Technology Dr. Suite 320
San Jose, California 95110
Domain Name: ANTIQUESROADSHOWTHEGAME.COM
Created on: 11-Sep-09
Expires on: 11-Sep-11
Last Updated on: 11-Sep-09
This better be more than a hypothetical.
• 7+ years of game industry experience as a designer, with at least 2 years as a lead or senior designer with experience working on an AAA FPS or third-person action title. Multiplayer experience strongly desired.
• Managed multiple designers over an extended period of time.
• Strong understanding of first person action shooters, their related technology, and the tools used to build them.
• Must be able to work collaboratively with team members in separate locations.
• Ability to communicate critically on concepts related to gameplay in a group environment. Willingness to adapt and change designs that are not working for overall aesthetic of game or production reasons.
• Must be willing to travel frequently between Los Angeles and Montreal
Location: Los Angeles or Montreal
EA Montreal collaborating with EALA, er, Danger Close on a game?
This David Garibaldi Epic Mickey speedpainting performance from E3 may very well be as impressive as any game that was shown at the conference.