Coming Home

Last night I accidentally streamed. Well, not really – I intended to hit the Stream button in OBS, but it wasn’t really to stream as much as it was for me to check how my home internet would hold up to streaming during this COVID mess.I haven’t regularly streamed since 2013, and haven’t streamed at all since 2016 (Maybe 2017, I don’t recall?). I’m not really sure why I haven’t streamed. To be honest, looking back I’m not sure why I stopped streaming in 2013. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/48063242 Aside from the obvious – focusing on DayZ’s development. I suppose I had it in my head that proper public facing game developers didn’t stream. They were busy with serious stuff, maybe? Maybe I just didn’t want to deal with questions about DayZ. Either way, despite not streaming I maintained a very close connection with Twitch into 2016. Over the last three years I’ve had a lot of success career wise and in my personal life. Bought a house, got married, helped facilitate an acquisition. However, as the years have gone by – and especially after leaving Bohemia I suppose I’ve felt I lost a bitof who I was. Maybe its all in my...Read more

Design vs Dollar

Disclaimer: It should be noted that these are my personal musings and reflections, and do not reflect the official stance on design for any project I am associated with, nor the official position of my employer. Years ago I had a gaming experience that has stuck with me to this day. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that said experience informs my decisions on an almost daily basis today, and probably accounts for at least half of the reasoning behind leaving Redmond and coming out to Prague. I know I talk about Ultima Online fairly often, so I’ll have to ask you to bear with me a little longer as I talk about it some more. While you could probably attribute a lot of the design decisions made early on to Ultima Online to a general lack of industry knowledge on how the then bleeding edge MMORPG space (Meridian 59 was just about the only other thing out there – unless you count The Realm of which I do not), I tend to look at a lot of them as bold and counter to the more commonly accepted norms of AAA design doctrine these days. While leading designers such...Read more