Thursday, June 9, 2011

Worlds Collide: What About This Blog Again?

Well, E3's gone now.  Now we know about the Wii U (enough with the codewords already, Nintendo) and the Sonic City Escape level.  Oh boy, I really miss E3 now...  But don't worry, kids!  There's always a hundred more gaming conventions this year so stick around and check out the fireworks.


For the first time, I've established contact with some of my upcoming classmates at FIEA.  This is on a private message board available to faculty and students only.  It's not a big conversation, just some "what's up"s and stuff and they look like good people (clearly you need to have a certain level of integrity & smarts to make it to grad school).  I actually managed the guts to put up a Daytona USA userpic and some guy was like, "You should go play that at Disney Quest," (more on that later) so that's a good start I guess.

I've asked this before but this is the $64,000 question: Do you try to keep the blog separate from people in real-life?  EDIT: Maybe someday, we'll see.

There's a different mentality about being an Internet user than a real person.  You get to be "anonymous" and you get to run your mouth.  But this time, I'm actually seeing these people face-to-face.  It's almost like I opened up my entire persona for them to see, moreso than on Facebook.  It makes me feel vulnerable.  So they could read on this blog, "Oh, I don't like Burnout, I don't like World of Warcraft, I don't like G4TV," and it might just draw the ire of my colleagues.  Kind of like espousing your political or religious beliefs, except not as divisive.

And then let's go on further and say I get a job at a game studio.  Preferably something related to Sega.  Am I still allowed to maintain a blog called "Musings of a Sega Racing Fan"?  Well, I know there's NDAs to follow so I can't go on espousing the details of every secret game that hasn't hit the public.  But on a lesser level, are fan sites okay, ones that have my handwriting on them to be exact?  I heard that they're not in some places because you may negatively hurt the reputation of the companies you claim to represent.  As a matter of fact, I've just found a new blog from an anonymous Sega employee so what little he has posted must be concealed to a certain extent.

The reason I make a big deal about this is because a good amount of energy goes into this blog and I don't want to conceal it from the people I meet.  So I meet someone and they ask, "What have you done lately?" then I go on to say "Nothing at all," like a bump on the log.  Also, I have my blog link on my Xbox Live, Steam, and YouTube accounts so if I give someone at least one of those, then they can find this blog.  Yes, I know friends from high school and undergrad college whom I have not directly given the link, but the stakes are higher now that we're dealing with "coworkers" who are also as knowledgeable about the game industry as I.

Okay, time to start severing ties with the real world?  That's too extreme at the moment.  Right now, let's just zip it, see if I start to feel comfortable around new people, then we go from there.


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