What I've Been Up To (Oct 2019)
Updated: Nov 26, 2019
I'm tentatively trying out a monthly update on this blog to keep track of my game-making plans and projects. Life over the past few months has been very hectic and only just settled down from the peak to the trough recently.
So, what have I been up to
I started volunteering as a QA Tester for Retrace by Spider Lily Studios around July, and that should be culminating soon with the game's release. It's been a great learning experience, and I'm really glad to be working with the team.
Last month I left the UK and returned to my home country, Malaysia, after trying really hard to secure a job in the UK, but was unable to. I don't know how likely this will be but if anyone who's an international non-EEA student happens to read this, and you want to stay and work in the UK, my advice is: start looking for jobs as soon as your final year starts, and start applying well before your visa is due to expire. Try as much as you can to get work experience and/or internships leading up to that. Learn how Tier 2/Tier 5 visa sponsorship works, and participate in the gamedev scene and get to know people. If you're already in your final year and only just having a revelation, like I did, most of this advice will still apply. And get in contact if you'd like and I'll try to help you out.
I'm still looking for a full-time job or an internship, just in Selangor/KL now.
I made a vignette game, before/after asteroid (featured in this post's cover image), for the Dinosaur Bitsy Jam.
I'm working on improving my design and development skills, by participating in weekly game jams and my own little projects.
For example, I'm starting a game design analysis (written) series where I review games that feature a specific subset of crafting system, i.e. anything involving food, drink, or consumed products. 'Cooking system' is too vague as while I'll be examining the likes of Breath of the Wild and Little Dragons Cafe, I'll also be analysing systems like the drink-mixing in VA-11 Hall-A, which is my first project in the series.
I don't know if I'll finish my 'Uni projects' post series, at least not at the moment, as I've clearly got a lot else to be doing. That's about it!