Leaving On A Jet Plane

Don’t know when I’ll be back again.

In other words, I’m back in America. Good ol’ U.S. of A. Land of the 自由 and home of the 勇敢な人々.

For the first time in a long time, I’m focused on looking for a job. That means getting my résumé in working order, actually finishing my portfolio, and spending time each day applying to jobs. All while combating the jet lag that’s hampered my ability this week. Not to mention all the noise my brother makes here. Forgot about that.

But things are getting done, and for that I’m glad.

There’s always this small sense that things are never perfect enough when it comes to applications. After all, looking for a job in the game industry is harder when you don’t have many professional contacts to vouch for you, nor a history of work on AAA titles, nor a degree in computer science or anything comparable.

So my biggest asset is going to be my portfolio. It’s the one thing that proves I’ve done work that shows I know what I’m doing. But as I continue to make games to add to the portfolio, I always come back thinking: What if this isn’t enough? What if it’s my next game that makes my portfolio stand out? By that point, I’ve already applied and judgment has been cast. That regretful thought: Why didn’t I just wait?

Fact is, jobs come and go quickly. There’s really no time to wait. I think I’ll always regret not applying for a level design job at Double Fine. Just as I’ll regret applying with a weak portfolio. Yet that’s just how life is. Time is limited, and there’s no time to dilly-dally.

In any case, wish me luck! And if you know anyone hiring in the games industry, let me know! I’m hoping to relocate. 🙂

Side Note: Hakai

みなさん、こんにちは!

(Hey guys!)

今週、新しいゲームが完成しました!「破壊」というのです。シンプルで楽しいから、是非やってみてください!

(This week I finished making a new game! It’s called “Hakai”, meaning “destruction”. It’s simple and fun, so please give it a try!)

ここで「破壊」をダウンロードできます(Windows版とmacOS版がある)

(You can download Hakai here (PC and Mac versions are available)

もちろん、無料ですが私のゲーム開発やこのブログを応援したいなら、払うこともできます。1ドルでもありがたいです。

(Of course, it’s free. However, if you’d like to support my game development or this blog itself, you can also pay for the game. Every dollar matters.)

じゃあ、またね!

(See you next time!)

Off On Adventure

Not too far. Just in Kobe this week, staying with a longtime friend. But between random escapades here (going to meet another friend in Kyoto in a few hours), iffy internet access (not even sure as I write this whether or not I’ll actually get to post it online), and the fact that I haven’t prepared anything in advance (my bad), I think a longer post today is out of the question.

As a consolation prize for coming, here are some quick pictures I took of Michinoku Park in Kawasaki, Miyagi during Golden Week.

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Definitely recommend going there if you have the time!

Hope you had a good week and will have more good weeks in the weeks to come!

Side Note: Tetris Fighter

In addition to the post below, I just wanted to mention that I’ve finished making a new game. This one is purely for fun, and not related to Japanese language learning,

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Tetris fighter is a puzzle platformer with simple, easy-to-understand gameplay. You can download it on itch.io for free, but feel free to toss a dollar or two my way to help support this blog. I appreciate any help you can give.

Download Tetris Fighter on itch.io (for PC and Mac)

Thanks, and see you next week!