Hello there If you occasionally “hang out” in this forum you may have seen me around responding to bug reports, asking for save files and additional information, etc. As someone who’s on here now and then I just want to say that we REALLY appreciate that so many of you take the time to write bug reports that provide us with information which helps us identify and fix issues which leads to the improvement of the game! (feedback, discussions and other community content are also nice to see even if I must admit I personally, as QA, spend most of my time in the bug report section).
I have been a part of the GenZero team since about half a year before it was released so I have been in both the development team and the live team. Prior to working at Systemic Reaction (Avalanche Studios Group) I did my internship at Fatshark working as QA on Vermintide II and before that I did some freelance “indie” game development, and prior to that I freelanced within the film and video production industry.
Name: Tomas aka knivspark
Title: Experienced QA
Fun Fact: I grew up on a dairy farm in the “southern north” of Sweden and even if I was never much for the farmer lifestyle and that kind of work I have the utmost respect for the hard work that it is. Whenever asked I would help my family out with e.g. the annual harvest, driving tractor for hours and hours, week after week, and while bumping around in the tractor seat I would be thinking and dreaming about doing something completely different. I would fantasize and think about movies and video games that didn’t exist, make up my own stories and games in my head and after I was done “tractoring about” for the day I would draw sketches and write my ideas down in one of my many notebooks or sketchbooks. My parents, especially my mother, noticed this early on and was always very encouraging of me wanting to pursue something else and I am forever grateful for her believing in me and encouraging me to do what I wanted to do. There were without a doubt a lot of skeptics around me that doubted that I would be able to find work within film or games after moving from a tiny village with ~20 people and relocating to “the big city” (Stockholm), but here I am many years later and I may not be a Spielberg or Shigeru Miyamoto (yet), but I have worked within both of the industries I dreamed about and I continue to do so. I consider myself very fortunate and I guess I just wanted to share this personal little background story with you guys.
Sorry for the wall of text TLDR; DO YOUR THING and don’t let the skeptics prevent you from pursuing something you really want to do.