…Really, I don’t.
But…when I got home, I noticed this.
That ankh is the one that came with my original copy of Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar. It has been on my keyring for over 15 years, and, needless to say, has endured an incredible amount of abuse. For a long time I thought it was indestructible, despite being made of rather soft metal.
But on the day I get laid off from yet another game development job, I look down and notice that it has finally broken.
I don’t believe in omens, but…damn.
i try to avoid superstition, but alot of times a seemingly small thing still bothers me. typically, that means i try to put 3 ice cubes in my bourbon next time instead of 2. speaking of ankh’s i was lookint at http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/a/aset-ka/ recently, out of sheer curiosity. i’m still curious, to say the least. nice logo in any case.
p.s. personally, feel free to email me directly, for whatever reason, although note i only check that address periodically. just hope i can filter through the spam, as i am too lazy and/or unmotivated to write a decent ruleset for that webmail account, and use “the other one” quite restrictively.
p.p.s. for a real nice lucky charm, grab an amethyst or rose quartz. it’s at least something interest to “meditate” on, which for me means become entirely distracted and stare at an inanimate object. (no disrepsect to anyone who does actually meditate, i just have an attention span like a house cat)
That’s the saddest thing, along with the picture. I feel for you, man.
I feel your pain.
I can understand how personal that is. I still have my original atari 800 boxed Ultima’s, (And my first interview and rejection in the industry was at Origin).
Do you intend to keep the Ankh on your keyring still?
I’m really bummed about the whole thing. I have really enjoyed working with you. In a sea of “kids” it was nice to have a fellow traveler of classic games with me in the office.
If you need anything, let me know. I’m here for you, my friend.
My condolences on everything :(. I’m sure you’ll bounce back in no time.
I forgot how neat it was to get a cloth map, big honking lore book, and metal coin/trinket inside the box with a game. It is definitely cool that you carried yours around for as long as you did.
Jesus man… you’ve had a rough couple of years.
I hope you are able to find a new job soon. Keep your head up. Meditation helps.
I’ve been checking out your blog from time to time.
I’m a hobbyist game developer, hoping to release a game. For money or not. I dunno.
Anyway, you seem to enjoy game programming,
and not working with it day long, but as a hobby next
your job may be much fun than what you’re used to.
I’m sure things will come together and you’ll be back on
track with your projects again.
Just because it won’t pay your bread doesn’t mean you
should give up your love for it.
I’m only 24, and I have for some time now got used to the thought of working with something besides gamemaking. I can care for my family and my hobby better that way.
Game companies are not what they used to be.
Best of luck, Viridian.