The Gaming Side of Renaun
I love games. Both PC and Board/Card games. I loved exploring different interests in college from computers, archeology, and music. Through all those years and up to now gaming has always been apart of me. Great memories around gaming shaped me up to day. Like having a paper route when I was 12, just to go buy 2 Nintendo games each month. Or family reunions of playing spoons and watching my 70 yr old great-grandma leap over the table to get to a spoon. Pursuing computers and programming was driven largely because of my interest in games.
The first AIR mobile application, nearly 2 years ago, I built for iOS was a game. It was so much fun using my skill set to built the application, it reminded me of the days when I was first learning how to program and how fun it is. The app is called Raining Blocks and been in the app store for almost 2 years now, it was just for fun and I don’t tell many people about it – until now.
I did Flex, since 1.5, and Flash work before joining Adobe nearly 4 1/2 years ago. The different projects have given many different programming experiences, from libraries (Pacifica), code in the Flash Player (Pacifica), server side payment integration (Shibuya/InMarket), and many demo applications. At the core I understand the Flash Player and like building components and libraries. Since joining the evangelist team I get to build more and more examples. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I augmented my examples with games when possible.
I just spoke at FITC Screens on “Digital Fun in the Digital Home” where I used applications like PickQuick and Eiden1. Both have all their source code available on github. Eiden1 was designed by my 5 year old at the time and has been to show since it uses WiiMotes through a Android IME with the Android device hooked up to the TV, a console in your pocket. Games just make sense to me when showing off cool features.
So I like games, whats all the fuss. Well, I am excited to say that my new focus as an Evangelist is Flash Gaming. I am joining the gaming evangelist team, so you’ll be seeing more posts around this topic.