Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today Was A Good Day

I recently got a job offer at a studio in Orlando, FL as a Junior Software Engineer (fancy name for "Game Programmer").  I can't tell you what company this is but I may do so eventually.  Again, it's not a racing-centric studio nor is it related to Sega so throw out Firebrand and Sumo Digital.  A handful of my classmates will be working there too so I'm not alone like I was at my previous internship.  I will hopefully be more motivated by this workplace too (unlike last one which left me out to dry, really).  Seriously, being able to hang out with many of my classmates (including those working at other studios in Orlando) is a big deal for me.

It's strange...I don't know what game I'll be working on until I accept the offer.  I have a feeling it'll be an FPS or adventure/puzzle game.  It's like Let's Make a Deal...I can harass that 90's Arcade Racer guy and work with him.  Or work on Super Sprint.  Or I can make a ton of money on some mysterious video game.  I think I'd go with the money.  I need that experience so we can go to Sumo Digital and make Daytona USA 3!!!

I'm starting March 4 (possibly later) which is kind of good since I wanted the assurance of having a job on top of getting a long break.  So I'll hang out with my family, work some more on personal projects, drive my car around Louisiana, possibly go back to Florida for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24th and chat with friends until I work again.

Today was a good day.


  1. Hi Eric, long time no see. Glad to see you're starting a new job soon. Hope you find it fulfilling and look forward to Daytona 3..;)

    Today is also the day that my local arcade Sega Park shut after 16/17 years. Reason it closed was down to the owners of the mall going bankrupt and all the shop owners being asked to leave

    It was my 'hangout' for 10 years and have some great memories of Daytona USA 1 & 2, Outrun 2, Scud Race etc, plus all the lightgun and fighting titles I played back in the early days. Plus I won that Daytona USA 2 competition back in 1999. In its final years it was looking rather sad so I in a way I'm kind of glad it's over (apart from staff loosing their jobs). It was also the final arcade in the UK still called Sega Park to be closed so it's definitely end of an era :(

    1. Thanks rjay, I saw a few videos of the Sega Park before. Was a cool place, I feel bummed about it too. Wow, it's been a long time since I've actually played a racing game in arcades! Damn nostalgia hurts, I'm with you buddy. The thrill is gone away...

  2. Congrats on the job offer. :)

    I hear you guys on the arcades, though. Sometimes heading back home, going to the arcade at the mall which has so many countless memories from the last 20 years, it's like visiting a graveyard almost. Seeing VF3 for the first time, seeing a surprisingly huge crowd gather around Top Skater, seeing everyone get owned by HOTD, playing HOTD2 on a huge screen, the shock and awe of seeing Daytona 2 BOTE for the first time with that soundtrack, playing the heck out of Sega Rally 2, then Power Edition with the moving seat, then being a DDR fanatic after high school... then things just faded. To think at some point the arcade was my venue to see the latest and greatest technology and witness its evolution. Then there was the 2nd PX arcade (Daytona, Virtual-On, After Burner II, Scud Race, Gunblade NY) which then got turned into a Taco Johns. Even recent arcades at the theaters just don't cut it. Guess they'd prefer new machines than older ones that might be more difficult to maintain.