Welcome,

My name is Stephen and currently an IT Professional doing administration and support, however I've always had a deep passion for software development. I've started mobile application development when I got my first Android phone in October 09. This blog catalogues all my progress with creating mobile apps for not only Android, but eventually iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Hope you enjoy.

-Stephen

My Video Game History

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We'll this wouldn't be much a blog if I didn't use the first post to tell you my story.

I grew up on video games, my parents Colecovision to my first system, the NES followed by the many Game Boy iterations then I skipped a generation of 16 bit goodness and my next console was the PlayStation 1. Add on a Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, PSP, NDS and a Wii and you have my current game collection. PS3 or Xbox 360 coming soon.

Then during college I got a part time job..of all things working in the video game section of toys r us. I was there for 3 Christmas seasons and was honestly marveled at how many people bought bad games and good games were left on the shelf. And I'm not just talking about games based on a movie or a tv show, those will always sell. But just generally bad games, I can't even remember titles. This experience is what really lit the spark to get into video game design.

After college graduation I was looking for a job, like everyone. I was mainly looking at programming or video game based positions. Applied to be a game tester as well. One place actually "hired" me. I was working a part time job at the time, and went for an interview. The interview lasted 5 minutes and they pretty much put a phone in my hand and i played some craptastic hip hop trivia game. I'm thinking this is part of the interview, they gave me a bad build and wanted to see if i could find the bugs...nope. I was testing just like everyone else and then the guy who did the interview came over to me and telling me "you can take lunch whenever, we take an hour". As much as I wanted to be in video game based company, this was just a shady operation. I didn't get an offer ($$), sign any papers, agree to anything and they just made me start working. It didn't feel right, but after leaving that office, before lunch time mind you I returned to me lousy part time job in a music/electronics/computer store and was like this has no future, let me deal with the shady company again, so I emailed them saying I would like to work with them but I will need time to leave my current job...never heard back.

Fast forward a little bit and you're at where I'm at now, a real job in IT. Not programming, but a real job that I enjoy. And finally I decided to try and dive back into the video game world by running this site and trying to become an indie developer. If only as a hobby at this point in time.

So welcome, that's my story. The main point of this site is to report progress on my development, creating a blog was one of the ways I thought to make sure I stay on top of it and not let it die off as another unfinished project.

 

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