Mid(ish) Internship Assessment
So far my internship has been completely crazy. I've gotten to play a ton of games that aren't out yet, gone to E3, and also done a little bit of work.
I realised that even though it doesn't exactly feel like I've done a lot of work. I've also learned a lot more than I thought I would. I've learned a lot more about how the industry functions and about the way the development cycle goes. And on top of all of that I learned a lot about what the producers do for games.
This may not be true at all publishers, but at Warner Bros, the producers are the "gateway to knowledge" about pretty much everything having to do with whichever game they are currently working on. I’ve gotten to do a little bit of a lot of different tasks. So far one of my favorite things that I’ve gotten to help out with is legal clearance for 3D models and organizing what’s already clear and what we’re still waiting for more information on.
Another thing I’ve learned about is the differences in power of the different systems. After seeing some of the games that have come out recently for the current generation I didn’t realize that the next generation systems have as much power as they do. There is also a process which each of the first parties that every game has to go through before it can be released on a specific platform. There are different requirements that have to be checked off on in order for the game to release on a platform. For instance, for a game to release on the Xbox One, it has to include an online help manual. This manual doesn’t have to be very in depth but it has to exist. There’s also a requirement about how much memory the game is using of the systems.
I also got the chance to meet a lot of different people, some from the development teams and others who are voice actors. One of these voice actors, Troy Baker, said the one quote that I will definitely remember, “You are never ‘just’ anything”. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he did the voice of the Joker in Arkham Origins and Joel in The Last of Us.
I’ve also gotten to continue playing some of the games that I was wanting to beat this summer. I haven’t gotten very far into the list though. I played a little bit of Bravely Default until I got to a point where I needed to grind to get past. I’ve also gotten a decent portion of the way through Final Fantasy X. Now that I’m to a point where I need to grind in it I’m thinking about spending some more time in Bravely Default, however, that would require me to spend less time playing Heroes of the Storm. I’m really enjoying it, especially when I can play with my boyfriend and my cousin. When Blizzard first announced this game I thought it would be something I wouldn’t like very much. I’ve only spent a limited amount of time playing League of Legends as it got confusing to me extremely quickly, however the tutorial in Heroes was extremely helpful, and overall it seems like a much simpler game to play. I also enjoy getting to spend time playing as some of my favorite Blizzard characters, whereas in League I don’t know any of their characters.