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Claire Blackshaw
Works at SCEE London Studio
Attended Northumbria
Lives in London, UK
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Vertex is helping Microsoft with Windows 10 installs
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On explaining the concept of coworkers
I don't think Pixel is ready for an office job
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I just lost the ball
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Joy of Programming
Recently I rediscovered something I thought I had lost... its hard to put into words but I tried.

http://www.claire-blackshaw.com/blog/2015/07/wizard-joy/
Staring at the impossible, the empty space of potentiality you fill it up with clipped syntax and hit compile. Only to see, after several failures, the magic of dreams alive on the small screen or the tiny led bleeping. This is the joy I discovered on my C64 with basic and pursued through the years… until I lost it.
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I know that feeling too. So far I managed to work for studios that were developing their own tech but this trend seems to be less and less popular. You can still do fun stuff during your spare time but it's way cooler to do this all the time.

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Vertex on the prowl for minions
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The value of time

I present two great pieces for all creatives on the value of attention and time. 

Short piece on how we killed leisure: http://www.practicallyefficient.com/home/2015/7/8/we-killed-leisure
Great Video Essay on Cuts: https://vimeo.com/68514760
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Important point on Tetris Randomness
The most popular version of tetris take the tetrons in a known quantity (effectively a proportioned list) then jumble the list. Like shuffling a deck or 6 decks it provides a guaranteed piece set over a given period of time but introduces random elements in the short term. Great technique.
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That awkward moment when you realise you still use half this list
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There's only 3 or 4 of these I don't still use or hear regularly anyway

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Develop 2015 Conference in Brighton
These are some of the talks that hit a note with me. I'm going to do another post in a few days about how this year was different for me but this post just focuses on the talks that stuck. 
Another Develop in stormy Brighton brought friends, drinks and catch-up on various game topics. I was fortunate enough to have Sony send me, and disappointed my talk wasn’t part of the roster. This year was different from the years before for me but that’s another blog post. Here is my summary of some talks which hit home with me.
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Iwata dies at 55

On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.

But when I saw my friends playing that game and having fun, it made me feel proud. To me, this was a source of energy and passion... I think my life course was set.

I sincerely doubt employees who fear that they may be laid off will be able to develop software titles that could impress people around the world.

As we spend more time and money chasing exactly the same players, who are we leaving behind? Are we creating games just for each other? Do you have friends and family members who do not play videogames? Well, why don't they?

He once said that shortly after he became Nintendo's president, he assigned himself to a team developing a game as "my heart told me I was still a developer... Once again, I was living on the developer's diet of chips, pizza and rice balls, and working through the night."
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What I really want to do when I get home...
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Programmer & Designer
Employment
  • SCEE London Studio
    Senior Online Consultant, 2014 - present
  • Climax Entertainment
    Technical Designer, 2012 - 2014
  • Blue Byte Software
    Technical Designer, 2012 - 2012
  • Jagex
    Lead Designer, 2010 - 2012
  • Mere-Mortals
    Programmer & Designer, 2008 - 2010
  • HBOS
    Savings Clerk, 2007 - 2008
  • Apple
    Support Staff, 2005 - 2006
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London, UK
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Portsmouth, UK - Dusseldorf, Germany - Cambridge, UK - Midlands, South Africa - Newcastle, UK - Pretoria, ZA - Midlands, ZA - Zimbabwe
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Games Designer & Programmer in love with the world and it's Insanity
Introduction
I'm a little bit crazy but I love adventure.

I'm a Designer & Programmer currently working at Climax. I love stories people are the best source for them but if they aren't around games, movies and books will suffice.

I like to round off my flighty side with a grounded level head and knowledge base, thanks Mom. Other skills, hobbies and pleasures include, sky-diving, drama, writing, comics, painting, parties, reading, and anything which can catch my intrest.

Programming 
  • C++ (preferred)
  • Python
  • C#
  • Java
  • Pascal
I really enjoy writing in order game-play, AI, and effects. I'm comfortable with Tech but get little joy outside of tech demos and toys.

Design
Much like programming I've been doing from a young age. Everything from devising childhood games, writing & running roleplaying modules for conventions, board-games, even wrote a whole world and role-playing system which attained minor populaity at Tuks University.


Education
  • Northumbria
    BSc: Computer Games Software Engineering, 2006 - 2010
  • University of Pretoria
    Bsc: IT (cs), 2002 - 2005
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Kimau
Proper burritos and try the tiny frozen margaritas.
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Smells of mildew, old fashioned 70s furnishing, coarse wool blanket over the duvet and below par amenities. Noisy plumbing. Room service was palatable. CRT television with poor sound and handful of channels, couldn't read news ticker. Only one socket visible for use. Was able to sleep the night but not much past that. I'm informed this used to be a flagship hotel prior to it's purchase decades ago. Kept on life support ever since.
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Quiet, air con away from busier places
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Nice burgers slightly greasy chips. American style diner with friendly service staff and pleasant but not memorable atmosphere.
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reviewed 11 months ago
This amazing little tea shop is on the top floor. It's quiet with a wide selection and lovely atmosphere.
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