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Gram Games
Senior Game Designer was asked...January 25, 2017

Was asked to take a couple of hours and provide a concept that's a "twist on Clash of Clans". Was then asked to take another hour to refine the design.

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They were almost closing the studio when they got lucky and got a successful game. They made some money and now they just think they are great and have the best culture in the world. What they do now is make fast prototypes and launch it on the stores just to see if they stick, and if they do then they make a better version of them. I'm pretty sure that they will close the new studio in the near future if they don't change their mentality and put their feet on the ground. Less

Designed a concept where PvP would take place in person on a real map. Paraphrasing here, but was basically told "nobody would want to go outside to play PvP" (Pokemon Go and Ingress players are nobody apparently) and "I wouldn't play this instead of CoC" (I wouldn't play my 4 pages of sketches over CoC either to be fair) by way of critique. The new design was met with "this sounds promising, but not the easiest game to make". In addition to a production-ready market-beating guaranteed top grossing sensation, this needed to be the utmost breeze to develop, you see. Less

Absolutely hysterical... how are these guys still in business?

KingsIsle Entertainment

Not many. Mostly people nodding while I spoke about my career accomplishments.

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Spoke about my career accomplishments.

Arkadium

You're not one of those "gamer elitists" are you?

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Um... no... I don't think so.

Arkadium

Are you sure I want to be a Producer and not a Game Designer?

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I don't feel like I need to limit my skill set to one discipline. I have worn many hats in the past. Less

MegaZebra

Tell me what you felt was unfair in your last position.

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What skills are you lacking?

Red 5 Studios

Describe an encounter using the Star Wars assets that features Darth Vader as the main enemy.

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The trick to this question is whether the applicant allows Darth Vader to be killed or not. Since he is a licensed character it should be assumed (to preserve canon) that he cannot be killed and therefore it is up to the designer to create an encounter that is satisfying without needing to allow Vader to be killed. Less

WMS Gaming

They said I got the Probability question wrong so double check your work.

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Standard interview to test your fit in the position. Nothing scary.

Salsoft Technologies

Ability to devise game development pipeline?

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Streamlined an existing pipeline of a video game as an example

Arkadium

The president asked me what perfume I was wearing.

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I laughed and said I wasn't sure. Ironically I think she took note of that on the paper she was looking at. Less

University of British Columbia

What is my approach towards leadership of a team of undergraduate students?

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Told them my approach is casual, welcoming and usually accommodating of their ideas. I try to understand what they want to improve on and help them during my tenure there to achieve their goals. Less

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