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I love my work

Posted on 2009.09.21 at 16:41
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If you are around me a fair bit in person you probably already know this and I know I've posted similarly before, but it is still a novelty to me.

I love what I do. I love calling people at Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo on a regular basis. Working with one of the giants of my childhood and companies with such legacies is awe-inspiring and yet also brings realism to me. I have learned that behind every great idea/product is a hard working team of humans subject to human follies and failures as well as success and strengths.

I love working in the video game industry. There is a sense of fun, of youth, of activity, of just awesome in this industry. Everyone I've met during network events has that same air. The only worry I have is getting 'old'. I rarely see people over 40 and even more rarely see people over 50. Doesn't mean that won't change over the next 10 years, but still something I think about.

I love working at this company. 2K (a subsidary of Take-Two) makes good games. Take-Two has a good overall corporate structure to it. We had a Town Hall meeting today with the Chairman of our board and while I was initially scared of what that could be it was truly just a meeting to give the state of the state (a mixed bag, but an honest assessment) and to have him available for honest Q&A with our label. It was nice. I may have developed a crush on him. Not in a "I'm going to leave Chesh" way, but in a "Wow, you are smart and honest and charismatic and I'm glad you are leading my company" way. One of the most real 'suits' I've ever met.

I love the people I work with day in a day out. We all have open door/desk policies and that has helped me three times today alone. I've had a few hallway meetings that were productive. I have good email exchanges that have playful aspects while also a serious work undertone. I may be upset on a occasion about a single action by someone, but in general the team is hardworking, hardplaying and fair. There isn't much drama about credit stealing or fighting over assets or pointing fingers for blame.

Coming from a background where I was frustrated at what I had to do daily, where I didn't feel like I gelled with the people around me, where I didn't feel like I could approach upper management, where I didn't feel happy walking into work, this is a revelation.

And that's made me work harder and work smarter and care more about the quality of my work, than all previous dollars or prestige at other companies. I make 'those games for kids' and I love it. I wouldn't have it any other way.



chrisfs at 2009-09-22 00:47 (UTC) (Link)
I am very happy that you found a place that you like to work at. :)
Brian Williams
groblek at 2009-09-22 01:08 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you've found somewhere that you thrive. I tend to think that enjoying one's work is very important, given the amount of our lives we'll spend at work.
avivalasvegas at 2009-09-22 01:24 (UTC) (Link)
it's a strange, but wonderful feeling. :)
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whalejudge at 2009-09-22 06:16 (UTC) (Link)
rbus at 2009-09-22 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
companies like yours are sucking the life outta my kid. he stays in the basement all day and all night playing those evil satan-vidjoe-games. he never comes upstairs. we never see him.

zhaneel69 at 2009-09-22 20:44 (UTC) (Link)
Umm... You're welcome?

We encourage responsible parents to place limits on their children's playtime and work with the ESRB to provide appropriate rating. In several of our (younger demo) games we also include timed go out and play messages.
rbus at 2009-09-23 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
no way!
then, we'd hafta interact with him, or something.

sonling learned to read by playing vidjoe games.
actually, that's backwards.
he learned to read *to* play vidjoe games.

plus, he knows all about WW II (European theater, at least), right down to the battles, commanders, and weapon details.

i don't consider most of it wasted time - as long as he gets his homework done and mows the grass before it rains.

in fact, with his black-belts in 3 different martial arts i've been kinda encouraging him to consider a career in some aspect of gaming.
tigman at 2009-09-23 12:23 (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome, lots of people work jobs they don't love. I'm really happy for you.
fallen42 at 2009-09-26 18:07 (UTC) (Link)


It's wonderful that you enjoy your work. It makes such a big difference in well being. Congrats.
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