Month: July 2020
My team at work is going to divide us into two shifts starting next week. There will be a “day shift”, which will be from 10am to 6pm and then a “night shift”, which will be from 1pm to 9pm. This will be done to increase the number of hours that engineering will be available to fix a bug if QA finds one.
I’ve been on teams that have done this before and it’s generally well-received. There’s always several engineers who prefer to start their work day later, so this is great for them. We’ve been given a sign-up sheet where we can state our preferences for the next month or so. I don’t really have a preference this time around. I’m fine with either. I’m just glad we don’t have to work too much OT.
If we do have to work some OT, I’ve now been added to my team’s Uber Eats business account. Should I need to work late, I can now order food via Uber Eats, and my meal charged to the business account, rather than my personal account. That’s quite convenient. I’m hoping to not need to use that account too many times but at least it’s there. The budget is $25, which isn’t a whole lot but at least it will get you something.
As many of you know, I am working on FIFA 21 this year. My portion of the game that I’m responsible for is almost done now. Most of the bugs have been fixed, though I’d expect QA to find a few more in the next week or so. Those will get addressed in short order.
The majority of this game was completed while everyone was working from home. I’ve never shipped a game in a remote working situation before. I’ve also never had to finish a game while under a global pandemic. Obviously, this has been new to all of us. The finish line is somewhat in sight but we have a bit more work to do. I am ready to be done this game though.
I understand that this is a great time of uncertainty for many people in terms of employment. Many have lost jobs or had their employment reduced in some capacity. For those who still have their jobs, it may seem like a logical choice to just hunker down and wait out the pandemic, I have seen some surprising amount of movement across companies, at least locally, in the video game industry.
In just the last two weeks, I was made aware of at least five people who left the company I work for. All five were pretty senior and for four of these people, they had been at the company for more than a decade. As far as I know, they all left voluntarily for new roles at new companies. I know where two of them went, both local studios, while I’m still trying to discern where the other three went.
I know it’s different for every single person and depends on many different factors, but at least from what I’ve seen, the pandemic has not slowed down job mobility in our industry. People continue to move between companies. It’s quite amazing to see and a testament perhaps to the nature of our work and the ability for us to do it almost anywhere.
I don’t expect this to be the last I hear of people moving, either away or to our local studios.
I’m not going to consult any weather records but I’ll just go and assume it was the hottest day of the year so far on Sunday. I was outside just briefly today but I started sweating almost immediately. The sun went down hours ago but it’s still hovering around 26 degrees Celsius in my bedroom right now. That is hot.
Still, I am not complaining. This is what summer is all about. It’s much better than winter in my books and while it might hot now, the colder weather is right around the corner. It’s nearly August and that will be the last hurrah of warm weather for 2020.
This week I got cravings for pizza again. I stopped seeking out pizza more than a month ago when I realized it was making me fat. It’s so delicious though. Leftover pizza is also so easy to re-heat, convenient to eat, and still delicious. Maybe I’ll fall of the wagon this weekend and succumb to my pizza desires.
While we’re on the topic of food, I finally had a Chicken McMuffin this week. It was disappointing. I believe most of my disappointment stems from how poorly made my sandwich was. They did put enough mayo in it. My chicken was also dry. The lack of mayo and the dry chicken led to a dry sandwich overall. Personally, I think a breakfast sandwich needs a slight amount of grease to make it tasty. Also, it really needs an egg in the sandwich. That would put it over the top in terms of being a fantastic breakfast sandwich.
So yeah, I’ll probably eat unhealthy things this weekend.
I am thinking about betting on the U.S. presidential election this year. I figure if the world is gonna go down in flames with a second term for the current regime, I might as well make some money out of it. If I’m wrong and I lose the bet, that’s totally ok in my books. It’s a win-win scenario. How many times can you say that when you bet in a casino?
HOT AND SUNNY
The weather here in the greater Vancouver area has been consistently hot and sunny for the last several days. It has been great. There are days where I get all sweaty from being in the sun but I am not complaining. This is what summer is all about. Before long, the clouds and rain will return before we know it.
At least on the weekdays, I take a portion of my lunch hour to go down near the water to get some fresh air and enjoy the nice weather. In a non-pandemic world, I would not be able to do this. I’d be stuck at the studio at lunch. I guess this is one of those times where I’m making lemonade when I’ve been handed lemons.
I hope the nice weather continues through the rest of July and is around for all of August. That would make this a more bearable summer in light of all the other things that we can’t do for now.
COVID-19 cases are again on the rise in this province due to stupidity and a lack of care by people who would rather party than think of other people. This is another example of how people, when acting as a group, are generally stupid. It’s definitely disappointing but not surprising anymore.
An employee of a restaurant just five minutes away from where my parents live test positive this week. My parents did not and would not visit this restaurant but that’s of little solace. This employee might have had interactions in the community, a visit to a corner store or a grocery store, where they had contacts with people. It doesn’t take a genius to see how these things can quickly get out of hand.
This latest round of data and news from the community just underlines how important it is for all of us in this province to remain smart about the things we do. Because people in society are generally morons, if they are given an inch, they will take a mile, which is what happened recently. We need to stay socially distanced, wash our hands, and wear a mask if we can’t keep our distance. I can’t believe this also needs to be said but people should not be gathering in large groups to party.
I feel like we were probably better off in April when things were much more stringent and regulated. Well, as with many things these days, it seems like the idiots of society are about to ruin everything for the rest of us.
In my local jurisdiction, movie theatres are allowed to be open now, albeit with some restrictions and new safety protocols. While people can now watch movies as before, there’s nothing really new to watch. There is an odd disconnect between local theatres and the movie studios because the studios are not releasing new films yet. As such, we are in an odd time where the movies being shown range from films released in the 1970s to films that came out just this year.
Who is going to the theatres to see films that you could watch on Netflix or a similar service at home? I get that the experience of going to a movie in an auditorium is unique and special, but is it worth it to go see an old movie? While it might be tiny, every time we enter an enclosed space with strangers for an extended period of time, there is a risk involved. Are people that starved for entertainment that they want to go see Jaws in a theatre? I guess I should be happy people have that choice now, as many other countries don’t have that freedom.
The only thing that would tempt me to go back to movie theatres would be if the studios starting releasing new movies again. I’m not sure that will happen until the United States gets their affairs in order and the likelihood of that happening in the next six months seems awfully slim at this point.