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Joining the 'biz

Posted by evolutional, 13 June 2012 · 772 views

So this is kinda weird really. But also frickin' cool.

For as long as I can remember I've been doing game dev and game dev related stuff in my spare time. Mostly as a hobby, but also to help out people on this very site. I've done all sorts of stuff for GameDev.net - moderator, author, interviewer, news editor, etc - all in the name of me caring about games and the people who make them.

About 18 months ago, I decided to focus the majority of my effort into my career as a database professional - I wanted to become the best damn database guy I could, so focussed a lot of time on that. I studied for the MCP exams, went to conferences, immersed myself in blogs and technical books - and loved every moment. Combined with a 10 month crunch time at work meant that I had to let the game side slip for a while, in many ways I'd considered leaving it as something I loved, but couldn't focus on seriously.

Then recently I accidentally found a posting for a job which looked perfect for me - it combined my love of technology with my love for games and game dev. After interviewing a couple of times and meeting the people I'd be potentially working with, I KNEW it was perfect. I wanted this job more than any other. I felt like I'd found what I've been after for years, I found a bunch of people that I felt an instant connection with - easy, natural and passionate about their craft.

This story ends with a happy ending.

In July I start what I see as my dream job, working at Lionhead Studios. I'm giving up everything of my current world - job, house, friends, etc and moving 200 miles away to start a new life.

And I really can't wait.

Turns out if you dare to dream, sometimes they come true.




Congratulations!
wow Lionhead Studios!! Congratulations
Congratulations!
Woot!
Whoa awesome! Congrats!
Nice work! Welcome to the industry!
Lionhead Studios?! That's a good place to start. Congrats!
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