Like the title alludes to, this week has been exciting..but really the past two weeks have been good for me. Since a decent amount of stuff happened I’m just going to dive in, so hold on!
First off, I’m very excited and happy to announce that I’ve been promoted to Community Manager at gamerDNA. It was official last week but I wanted to sit on it first before I announced it on my blog. I’m very stoked to be in this position and I’ve been told gamerDNA will be sending me to gaming events in the future to represent the company to gamers. I’ll also be more active on forums, blogs and in game communities to help represent the company there. In just about two weeks I’ll be at PAX giving away gamerDNA t-shirts and inviting people to our gamerDNA party so if you’re there, please let me know and you’ll get an invite and a shirt!
I’m still getting used to the job and all the new responsibilities and expectations but I’m enjoying it. I love the challenge and it is fantastic to be able to work with two things I love to do: working with games and working with gamers. Over the coming months you’ll be seeing a gamerDNA podcast unveiled(finally), some more contests for the 360Voice and gamerDNA communities, as well as a TON more blog posts on the gamerDNA company blog .
This week brought the August meeting of the Boston IGDA Chapter which was sponsored by Harmonix (Guitar Hero 1&2, Rock Band, etc) and Ralph Baer, who basically created home video gaming back in the 60s, was the speaker. Due to the awesomeness of Mr. Baer and Harmonix we had about 5 guys representing gamerDNA at the meeting. Mr. Baer’s speech was very interesting because we gained so much insight into how little these guys had back then technologically, but all that they did with what they had. In today’s world you could call this guy a hacker, making the craziest inventions out of what little they had, bringing the video game console to your living room.
After Mr. Baer finished his presentation Harmonix took over the stage and had the E3 preview build for Rock Band 2 for everyone to play. Incase you don’t know…Rock Band 2 hasn’t even came out yet and it has been played by hardly anyone, so it was super awesome to be able to play the game. Steve Sopp and I took the stage and rocked out, which
you can see here:
You can also watch a slighly embarrassing video (for me) of us playing Rock Band 2, shot by the Harmonix job recruiter.
Finally, I’ve decided to join the Warhammer guild "Casualties of WAR ", ran by a few bloggers/fansite people I knew from Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. The guild is made up of a *ton* of MMO bloggers/podcasters and industry people, so it should be a pretty awesome time. I’m really looking forward to joining these folks in ventrilo and having a good time sacking cities and taking down some keeps.
That about wraps it up, soon I’ll be getting ready for our gamerDNA trip to PAX and I’ll be sending out invites to the gamerDNA party (with free booze!). Stay tuned