I wasn’t planed to write this, but somehow I feel I should write something about it. So here it is 2 months after the festival.
Reasons to be creative
I feel really different about this RTBC this year. Not only because it’s the first time for me to give a talk on a full session, but also meeting all the amazing people. I felt like a “guest” for the last 2 years with RTBC, but this time I feel “home”. During these 3 days I feel really relaxed ( apart from my talk) and enjoy all the talks. Most of all, I met a lot of friends and make a lot of new friends as well. It’s a weird feeling that I finally meet some twitter friends in the real life, it’s just make it much real instead of just some messages showing on Twitter. You guys are totally awesome and I really enjoy having conversations with you.
I’ve always enjoyed the talks in RTBC. It just feels different to me, I like the mixture between the Dev talks and Designer talks, they are all equally inspiring to me. I always feel motivated after the 3 days and got tons of idea that I want to make. This year is no exception. And plus there’s one special one : the talk by Stacey Mulcahy. She is an amazing speaker and build amazing stuff. There’s one thing touched me the most which is the young game makers. It’s such a wonderful idea and makes me thinking about doing something for the kids as well. After become a father, I keep thinking about what I can do for my kids ? I have some skills and what I can do with it ? That’s the reason makes me start building all these small experiments. I wish my children see me as a maker or a creator, rather than just sitting in front of the computer hitting the keyboard all day. I want them to understand that the computer is just a tool to help you building and creating, and we should focus more on the things we build and the idea/story behind it. They might be too young to get the idea but I’ll keep doing this. Not only I want to give them this idea but also because I enjoy all these moments of building, testing and finally get kids to play with them. When I saw the young game makers project, I was really excited. I saw a possibility that I might be able to bring my work and experiments to more kids and helping them building things. I still don’t have too much idea how to make it happen but at least now I got a goal.
It’s such a wonderful experience to me to have my first full session. To be honest I feel it’s actually much easier than the elevator pitch 😀 Having a full hour gives me more room to make mistakes. However I am still nervous to death. I rehearsed like crazy the night before the very morning. I actually feels less nervous when I start talking. I have to thank all my friends give me the advices, you are totally right about everything. Nobody understand better than the thing your are talking about. Once I started talking it feels just like working through my process again. The other useful advice i got is that you can never get rid of your nervous, so just accept it and not trying to fight against it. I found this very useful and actually helped me relaxed before the talk. I know that I was still quite nervous on the stage, that’s why I finished about 5 mins earlier. But which is good as well, so I could have some QAs. And I have to say I am really really really flattered by one of the question asked me about the Kuafu project that I started last year. I am so glad that people still remember it, also I am embarrassed that I haven’t worked on it for a long time. But now I’ve made it my project next year. I’ll make it to a more presentable state.
The project : Dark forest
I got the idea of this project just after John offering me this chance to speak. I had a quite clear goal when I start this project. I know I want to learn the flocking behaviour, I know I want to make some small installations in my backyard. I know I want to test projection on the grass. At the end I made it, which is very important to me, that i set a goal and achieve it. Although the result is something I wasn’t expected in the first place, I didn’t know about the synchronised flashing behaviour, and I didn’t expect that I could find a way to simulate it. I expected the projection on the grass will looks better but it’s actually not. I have to admit it was all these unexpected success and failures make the most memory for me. Now looking back at it after 2 months, I saw lots of space for improvement, but also I still enjoy this project very much. And now I really like setting a goal and work your way to it and document the process of it. If you are interested in this project, i’ve put everything here :
I want to say thank you for all the people who helped me on this project. It meant a lot for me !
So a bit of random stuff but I’m glad I made it to the RTBC this year and meet all the amazing people. I’m glad I made the project and now I can move on to the next one !