Monday, June 10, 2013

Forza Motorsport 5 Videos from E3



Some new videos came out today for Forza Motorsport 5! Watch the new trailer above! I personally had nothing to do with the cars. In the trailer, I animated the driver! But the cars steal the show for sure!

And below is a demo of "Forzavista". Showing off the sexiness of the cars.



The whole team has been doing a fantastic job!! Great job guys!! *high five*

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Contract vs Full Time

The other day I read this article/rant from a guy who hated his contract QA job and is warning everyone to never take a contract job. You can read the whole post here: http://kotaku.com/i-freelanced-on-halo-4-its-time-for-gamings-contract-510353357

I have been able to work both as a contractor and a full time employee and so I wanted to share my insight on both. In my expierence, niether is worse than the other. Both have their pros and cons.

Full time, you definitely get all your benefits. Though, with my contract, I was given a choice wether I wanted benefits or not. But there are other benifits besides the health insurance, like awards and gifts, that a contractor usually won't recieve.

Some people think being full time will mean that your job will be more stable. But being full time doesn't make your job longer-lasting and more stable. At least in this industry. At the end of a project, studios will let go even thier full time employees if there is no project lined up. I actually like that with a contract, you know exactly when you are going to be finished at a studio and you can start to plan for your next job.

Being a contractor doesn't necessarily mean that you get less pay either. As a contractor, I've actually made more than as a full time employee. Mainly because my full time job was also my first job, so I got a very junior pay. Plus, its known that in the game industry, there are times where you need to put in a lot of extra hours. As a full time employee, I had a salary pay, so I did not get paid extra for any overtime work I did. Occasionally, I would be given a free day off. As a contractor, I recieve an hourly pay, which means I actually get paid for any extra hours I work.

In the end, work is work and I am happy for anything that comes my way. There are so many other artists that are jobless and would love to have my job. I try to make the most of every opportunity I get so that maybe later something better will come out of it. Whether its contract or full-time, they both have their pros and cons. It really depends on the time and place. Every studio is different and everyone's expiriences are different.

That is my two cents. Let me know what you think.