What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career as a Software Developer


When you’re starting your career in any field, you probably have high hopes but don’t really know what to expect. Should you keep your head down and do what you’re told or should you aim only for ambitious projects? Here’s what I’ve learned in my experience as a software developer. »1/23/15 11:40am1/23/15 11:40am


How I Became Gaming's Most Popular and Anonymous Photographer

I'm a very accomplished photographer. My photos have been in magazines, newspapers, textbooks, blogs, online videos, television and any other medium that you can think of. My work has been seen by millions and will be one of the most important resources for the history of video games. The only catch is that I'm… »11/01/13 7:50pm11/01/13 7:50pm

I Am Stereoblind, But the 3DS Lets Me See the World as Others See It

I cried the first time I held a Nintendo 3DS. The experience was a revelation that I'll not soon forget, and even if everyone stopped making games for it tomorrow, my blue 3DS XL is not going anywhere. That little machine is a window into a part of human experience that most people take for granted, but which is… »4/30/13 9:00am4/30/13 9:00am

If Video Games Are Going to Grow Up, Then the Bullying Needs to Stop

Disclaimer: I was a key creative in what is often considered one of the more "dudebro" franchises out there, Gears of War. I'd also like to remind everyone out there that I went out of my way in working with our team, the writers, and Epic's artists to make sure that female characters are represented well in that… »3/12/13 4:00pm3/12/13 4:00pm

This Scottish Far Cry 3 Video Review Is The Funniest Thing Ever (If You Can Understand It)

I am in tears. I'm shedding actual tears here. Actual tears of laughter. Bear in mind that I'm Scottish and this is how I speak when I go home and I don't have to worry about people understanding what I say. Underneath this genuinely incisive review is some of the best Scottish patter I've heard in years. I'm… »2/13/13 2:00am2/13/13 2:00am

This Cool Image Explains The Weird Noises Your Dial-Up Modem Used To Make

It's like a dog whistle. It's emblazoned on my brain. You all know what I'm talking about. Unless you're way too young and you're intent on making me feel way too old. I'm talking, of course, about the noises your dial-up modem made when hooking up to the internet back when the internet was this terrifying thing we… »2/05/13 3:00am2/05/13 3:00am

I Took A Month Off Work And I Didn’t Play Any Video Games

Plenty of my friends have had babies, so I knew what to expect. The woman goes into labour. There is the physical pain. You rub the back and say ‘there there'. You watch the little lump of flesh flop out like a wriggling trout. You shed the tears, you kiss the baby on the forehead. You take the photographs, you take… »1/31/13 2:00am1/31/13 2:00am

A Game Developer's Take on Japan: the Myths and the Reality

One well-received and much commented-on blog post I wrote many years ago covered the "stages of living in Japan". These are the 5 stages I have witnessed, again and again, in myself and in others, and though your mileage may of course vary, they seem pretty spot on. I daresay they could be applied to living in any… »1/12/13 2:00am1/12/13 2:00am