I got a Vive, never felt so alive!

I got a Vive, and that more or less explains my lack of updates. I've been digging in to Unity game design. I am experimenting with projectiles, swords, shields and lasers. I feel really proud of my progress thus far in Unity, and cannot wait to share it with you. Game engines have come a long way from where they were last time I looked, back in 2008.

A little hickup in getting the Vive was that I discovered my desktop's HDMI ports don't work at all, and I can't figure out why. So I've switched computers with my boyfriend, and that transition has left me feeling a bit in the lurch. While I've got Unity and SteamVR here, everything else like Office, Photoshop, my documents, are still on my own PC, which is more powerful if it weren't broken.

I applied unsuccessfully for a job at a Virtual Reality place. I continue to work in my sport marketing placement, where I mostly do internal quality assurance and data entry with very little exposure to client work, though I hope to get involved in qualitative feedback soon, and anything esports-related. My job plan is to keep on the look-out for a "perfect" job in the first half of the year, and in the second half I'll widen the net.

I have my last summer exam for Statistics tomorrow. This year (2018) at university will consist of 7 marketing units and 1 final business unit. I switched from Event Management to Marketing as a result of better understanding of the Events role, and realised I wanted to do something slightly different. I am considering product management and/or community management - some kind of role between consumer and engineer - around games and/or experiential marketing. I see potential avenues being in analytics or social media management.

I'll share my Virtual Reality game with you soon - I promise!

p.s. The service at Harvey Norman Maribyrnong was atrocious.


I hit the "on" button

I soon turn 31 years old, and I’d like to reflect on the past year.

At the beginning of 2017, I was working full-time in my own retail business, and also part-time in office administration. The business had stabilised into a steady downward trend, and I thought there was nothing I could do to fix it, because I had already given it 100%. I tried to be creative in marketing and provide a unique customer experience, but at the end of they day, I was limited by the location of the store, and the products I could stock. I didn’t know what the future would hold for the business, but it wasn’t looking good.

In the week before my 30th birthday, I was playing around with the idea of converting the shop into an escape room. I wanted to design an experience. I had had enough of selling physical objects, designed by someone else, manufactured in a third-world country, and delivered in bubble wrap. I needed to have more power over the offering. My escape room idea was essentially a zombie-horse-outbreak scenario, to capitalise on Halloween and my location in Flemington, during the Spring Races. Virtual reality seemed like a far-off thing, so I didn’t look into it much.

I had somewhat of a crisis that week, cleaning out the storeroom of the shop. I was preparing for my birthday party with close family, and considered playing some old cassettes that had followed me through the ages. These cassettes have recordings of 1990’s radio (yes, the commercials are hilarious) interspersed with me singing nursery rhymes and “Aga-doo, doo doo, push pineapple shake the tree” - a song banned from the BBC in 1984 for being shit. The crisis occurred to me while thinking back to myself as a 7-year-old, how many crazy hopes and ideas I’ve had since then, and how little I’ve done. Twenty-three years of random activities amounting to not much at all - it wouldn’t have meant anything to that naive kid, but it meant something to me as I approached 30.

I did what any rational person would do: enrol in university the next day.

From the first day back at university, until now in late Summer 2018, I’ve completed 10 units: 9 core and 1 events. I’ve taken the lead in all my team projects, I’ve engaged with teachers, barely missed a class. I got credit for 6 prior units, and completed 2 summer units - which means I finish my degree in 2 years, not 3. I got a tonne of High Distinctions. Why the hell did I drop out all those other times?

 

I guess I woke up and hit the “on” button. And now I don’t want to stop.

I’m joining a dodgeball team so I can get fit and ponder a dodgeball-like virtual esport. I constantly keep 5+ books checked out of the library. I’ve spoken with a virtual reality creator from Japan, and considered being a sales representative. I’ve attended a Google Tiltbrush tournament. I’ve attended esports business networking events. I’ve tried out a VR zombie experience, and applied to work for them. I’ve started a blog. I walked in a gay marriage march down the city streets.

What’s in store for 2018…

This year will be all about Marketing. I am taking all second and third year marketing units in a single year. I’m looking for part-time work in VR or experiential marketing. I plan to graduate in 2018, get married in January 2019, and travel to Tokyo in 2020.