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Worse than Con Crud

I was really excited the first time I showed my game at a large convention. It had a huge attendance so I was looking forward to getting lots of eyes on my work. At the convention there was a breakout area with beanbags that you could hang out in. On the first day I...

Bodies in seats

When I started in games, I didn't know what I was doing and got a job in QA by answering one of those Craigslist ads that said, "Do you like playing video games?". I went to the interview with Company A that afternoon. My interview was about 5 minutes long and took...

My game director was high at work

He'd show up with red eyes and smelling of smoke. One time he even left the plastic tube that his prerolled joints came in on his desk where everyone could see (we had an open office). He would make decisions about the game when he was high, and then forget what he...

What’s in a name?

I am a senior developer working on a well-known AAA title. Several months ago, I was interviewed by a games journalist and I spoke to him with the agreement that I wouldn't be identified. When the interview was published, I was horrified to see that the "fake name"...

Nice things

Sometimes working in game development is stressful and I wonder why I do it. That said, I have a folder in my email called "Nice Things" where I put screencaps of messages or emails when people give me positive feedback or encouragement. I like to look at it sometimes...

That’s a shitty meeting

My studio is about 15 people and we all worked pretty well together. One of the employees brought his cat into the office one day. It was obviously not trained to be in a space with 10+ people and freaked out. We cornered it in one of our few meeting rooms but we had...

Tinder Bro

I once worked with a guy who literally would be on his phone looking at Tinder in our standup meetings. He was super obvious about it as well. That's the whole story.

100% User Error

Logged a bug on a system-level issue. Another tester on a different team also commented on the bug and said he saw it in his part of the game as well. A third tester did the same. The bug went to an engineer who returned it to me with (literally word for word) this...

When you leak your own game

I worked on a small game jam. We had a ton of bugs in our game and we were still fixing them when someone on the team shared a link to the game because he "felt like he wanted people to see it". Of course people followed the link, tried to play, it and it broke....

Crunch Pressure

I worked on a big title AAA game as a tester and was asked to crunch to close out the game. I didn't want to, but felt pressured to come in on the weekends because we had multiplayer mode in our game and I was told that if I didn't come in, we "wouldn't have enough"...

My CEO hired his friend

We had a dev who got a job at the studio straight up because of nepotism. He had worked previously with the CEO at another place and applied for a role for which he was totally unqualified. His interview was just for show. He was offered the role BEFORE the hiring...

Gendered Party Foul

I'm a female game developer at a large AAA company. When I go to company events, I am ALWAYS asked by at least one person if I am there as someone's girlfriend or partner. This happened at a launch party for a game I worked on, by someone who turned out to be a...

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