Ellen and I just got back from Georgia where we took part in a great con! It’s designed to help students and young people who are interested in designing games meet professionals in the industry and learn how it works. It’s called SeigeCon, and if you are someone who wants to get into writing, 3d modeling, level design, character modeling, programing, sound design, composing or acting in computer games I highly recommend it. It was very well run and everyone had a great time as well as getting to hear from professionals involved in every discipline involved in making computer games.
We met some wonderfully talented young people and took part in three panels: Superstars of Game Audio and How They Got That Way, Secrets of Getting into Game Audio, and Rickwood Music Presents the voices of Portal and Team Fortress 2. Jesse James Allen, Bryan Higa, Chris Rickwood and Watson Wu joined us on the first two panels — all of them wonderful composers and sound designers. Together we were able to present the various challenges of getting into all aspects of game audio, from music composition and sound design to writing and acting.
I was also able to show off that I was the author of a new novel, Dancing with Eternity (available now on amazon.com! Check it out!) and Ellen and I signed copies for fans. They were really stoked to meet us and excited that I’d written a science fiction novel. We were able to spend a good amount of time with each person there, counseling them on how we got into the biz and what they should have to improve their chances.
All in all it was a great weekend and we had a marvelous (read ‘exhausting’) time! I brought the banjo and we had a GLaDOS hootenanny, with Ellen singing both “Want You Gone” and “Still Alive” by Jonathan Coulton. For those of you who have been visiting other universes for the last couple of years, those are Ellen’s hit songs from Portal and Portal 2.
Keep snipin, mates!