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My Wedding Officially Rocked

04 Aug
August 4, 2012

Indeed, I’ve been busy getting married to an amazing woman. Now that the craziness is over, I’m finally able to get back to work! While I’m developing my first game in Unity 3D, we’re also solidifying our Seattle moving plans.

Married life is great! Our wedding was picture perfect, so go ahead and check out these pictures!


Cheesy Quote About Love Goes Here.

20 Jul
July 20, 2012

In one week exactly, I’m getting married to Gretchen Louise (who I affectionately call ‘Lou’). We met on August 22, 2010, in St. Paul, Minnesota. From the first moment I saw her, I knew I was in trouble.

We both volunteered (served) on a six-member traveling music ministry team called Captive Free (East Coast). Signed up and organized by Youth Encounter, we worked in churches, schools, camps, hotels, and even half-way homes.

That year transformed both of us entirely. Soon after starting out on the road, my friendship with Gretchen matured into an intense and deeply rooted affection. Not even a month after we officially started dating, I had become absolutely certain: not only did I love her, but I was going to marry her.

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Certain about Seattle!

13 Jun
June 13, 2012

Gretchen (aka FutureWife) and I decided to head into the wonderful town of Frederick and get some work done at the unusually comfortable grocery store called Wegmans. They have fast internet and a coffee bar here, stay open until midnight, and there’s lots of seats laid out in a nice little set of rooms pretty far away from the “grocery” part of the store.

Woah! We just watched two skinny, heavily tattooed individuals with very red necks cruise by our table on one of those motorized carts meant for handicapped customers. Huh, one gentleman chose to sit in the basket. This day’s fantastic already.

Anyway. Red necked individuals misusing grocery store equipment have nothing to do with the upcoming discussion. Or, perhaps, they do. I’m here to talk about moving to Seattle, Washington. That’s 2715 miles away from these amateur comedians, which I take as a pretty bold tally mark under the “Pros” column. Seattle: 1. Maryland: 0.

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Dream Job Description

02 Jun
June 2, 2012

“Okay, Chuck.” you say. “I get it. You think you’re talented, or whatever. So what exactly would your ‘dream job’ be called?”

Please, please. Call me Charlie.

There are hundreds of different roles within a typical modern day game studio, and like some kind of jerk on the internet, I haven’t been very specific thus far. I should really point out that Game Design and Game Development describe two very different disciplines within video game creation, even though both are used interchangeably to describe making games. In my humble little brain-dictionary, Design is done by the “art department,” and Development is done mostly by programmers. Designers figure out what the game will look like, developers make the game work and play the way it should. This may sound like silly semantics (and a little alliteration?), but I’ve chosen to make these distinctions because the gap between both disciplines is widening, and requirements for each are becoming more specialized. In fact, many universities now offer separate degrees for design and development.

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Maturing Game Development Dreams

29 May
May 29, 2012

It was during high school that I discovered my passion. 

Yes, yes, I played games an enormously inappropriate amount, but that wasn’t all I did! Actually, I worked extremely hard during high school. Just not towards making good grades. Sophomore year I discovered an amazing love for songwriting; I spent countless hours after school working in recording rooms where I taught myself to sing, play piano, and guitar. Junior year was my own little creative renaissance. Thanks primarily to Calculus class, I filled notebook after notebook with the creative concoctions of my daydreaming: rough character sketches, elaborate plot outlines, and hundreds of songs. I took a bus to another school just to take a course about 3D Studio Max, and then spent many afternoons creating my own weapons, armors, and other cool things I wanted to try importing into my favorite games.

Instead of crappy FM radio, I listened to video game soundtracks. I imagined and composed epic scores of my own. I played daily, and not just to lollygag away the time! I studied other players until I could beat them, learning every intimate detail about one game, then moving on to the next. I invented new ways to use in-game mechanics and dreamt about the ways my own game-mechanics would work some day. Nowadays, I can’t play a game without meticulously analyzing all of its nuts and bolts.

I’m really not trying to toot my own horn here, or convince you I’m anything special. When I finally graduated, I placed near the bottom of my class and had nothing to show for all the work I had done. Totally unfortunate!

My sheltered closet-nerd lifestyle imploded very quickly after high school, yet this burning passion for all these hobbies stays with me even as my focus shifts towards the “next step of my life.”

I’ve spent the last three years on a path very different from most guys and gals my age. I wasn’t meant for college after graduating. Instead, my love for music led me to tour with a music ministry band. I traveled with 5 other volunteers and played nearly every day for the best type of audience a musician could ever hope for: Christians. Even if you’re terrible, you’ll never get booed off a church stage. Gretchen was our band’s beautiful drummer, and rather predictably, I fell totally in love with her as we worked together that year. In two months, I’m marrying her. Since finishing our travels on the road, Gretchen and I have been working full time, planning our wedding, and trying to figure out where we’re going to live for the first years of our marriage!

Somewhere during that year I became a grown-up. Crazy. My laziness and lack of discipline? I threw those out to prepare the way for my new dream.

I’m ready. I’m ready to take all of my passion for games and make it my profession.

This is no pipe-dream, my friend.

This is a calling, emboldened by my all-consuming passion for music, for art, and for design. I see endless opportunities to use those talents as a game developer. They are part of what is going to make my work stand out as my career begins.