Developer Blog

Shaun keeps a diary of efforts and challenges during development, along with reflections on events during his life relating to magic, games, technology, career and design.

Neomajika, the New Magic

I’m supposed to be doing a game jam, I mean, I’m the one that organised and promoted it. But instead I’m trying to find a name for my game studio. I want it to look great in a normal font, and feel nostalgic like Nintendo. I want it to mean something.…

Coffee & Mugs on my CV

I started drinking coffee during my first office job. I hated working there – I felt like a fraud – exporting Dreamweaver sites, taking my first steps into PHP and Wordpress themes, and designing logos that unknowingly looked like marijuana bongs. I…

We don’t hire codemonkeys

On St Kilda St, near the city, there’s a digital design studio that I’m going to interview at. I’ve recently dropped out of Geomatics at RMIT. A real job will mean I can stop working a day at my stepdad’s engineering firm. I will have enough money for…

2020, Fireworks and My Wish for this year

Happy New Year! I kiss my partner this time, and don’t feel ashamed. We’ve been coming to the city gardens for New Year almost every year since he moved to Australia. Craning my neck upwards, I take in all the beauty and power of the fireworks. I make a…

Zordon and the Technicoloured Dreamjacket

Over the hill, through a barbed wire fence, there’s a long mound of clay, pine needles and tall trees we call The Bushes. The kids on my street go up there to build forts, steer clear of spitfire caterpillars, and bully each other. When we’re not down on…

I designed a zombie horse apocalypse, then cried, before my 30th Birthday

I’m in the back room of my failing retail shop in Flemington. It’s been cluttered for months since the break-in. My partner, Anh is visiting his home in Vietnam. There will be no customers coming in the door – I could go days with no customers. Before…

Introducing Nell

Nell is a tiny mage with a huge mission: protect the universe from the void. Run and leap across floating worlds Bash away incoming void missiles Avoid hazards on the ground Collect potions and power-ups Build and activate special turrets Protect and…

Itching to Pitch at Magnify VR/AR Expo

The tiny complementary pad of paper they handed me at Magnify World hardly seems enough to contain the brilliance of the pitch I’m drafting. I’ve just listened to Ted Schilowitz, a futurist working for Paramount pictures, talk about Virtual and Augmented…

Quitting my Bank Manager job to be a Pokemon illustrator

It’s grade six at Langwarrin Primary School. We’re the top of the school, even the unpopular kids. Last month, we had to do an assignment about underwater. I designed a rad submarine with a drill on the front. My friend and I started a little comic strip…

Sports marketing internship helped me find the VR future of esports

I’m only a few weeks into this internship and it sucks. I really should have thought about how disinterested I am in sport, before applying to intern at a sports marketing agency. I figure I’d see what’s on in Melbourne. I’m not used to being in the city…