USW GAMES ENTERPRISE MASTER CHEY WEBB wEEK 4
Wowowow! This has been my favourite week yet!
This week we were treated to a bunch of meetings with people from Fictioneers! The best part of the internship is getting to see lots of people do really cool stuff!
We started off the week with the usual sessions and on Tuesday we had our first meeting! The interns got treated to a look behind the scenes on the app and see how it all works! The Big Fix Up is doing some amazing stuff with storytelling, and I guess to do amazing stuff you need amazing tools. We got to take a look at the software that makes the story work. Essentially it’s a timeline, with little blocks representing different parts of the story. Something super cool about The Big Fix Up is that the story takes place in real time! We got to see how they control that and how the app knows what to do and when. It was mind blowing! I’m not a programmer so it’s all a little bit like magic to me, still seeing the software made me want to get my grubby little hands on it!
Next we spoke to Lee! He was amazing, he took us through his whole journey in the games industry. It was really interesting getting to hear personal stories mixed in with his working biography. Later he talked about more recent things and how The Big Fix Up came to be. I don’t know how to rephrase it, as to not sound repetitive, but it was all just… so interesting!
We got to interrogate him about his design process too! Well I did because I love to hear about it. It’s really neat when you’re a designer, to get to hear others’ philosophies and ideas, it’s a good way to expand your thinking! If you hear lots of peoples’ takes on their own practice, it gives you a really good insight into how they work. I really recommend listening to people about their work!
We also got to talk to Susan! I was kinda nervous about it to be honest, she’s such an accomplished person, it’s scary. She told us lots of behind the scenes stuff too, she was so nice and peppy, it turned out not-so-scary after all.
It was a busy week! But also the most interesting week we’ve had! It’s definitely a big plus of this internship, getting to have these little meetings with professionals in our industry. I feel like I’ve said it before but, it’s still refreshing to know that they’re like, real people and not big scary professionals. I guess that’s part of moving on from university, understanding that these people are your peers now. It’s strange. But it’s nice.
I feel like they’ve taught us lots of little tips for our careers, and even when they don’t I feel like I’m learning lots.
I’m grateful to everyone for taking time to speak with us! It’s been so valuable. Thank you!