I’m a thirty-something in the United Kingdom. I live in Burton-on-Trent and work in Birmingham. I’m married, with two children.
I’m a programmer by profession. I don’t like to say “professional programmer” because it makes me giggle. I’m writing the same rotten code as when it was just a hobby – it’s just that now I get paid for it too.
I’ve been in the computer games industry for over thirteen years. I used to be really very cynical about it, but I’m doing better these days. I’d tell you about the kind of crap that kicks off during the production of your average child-friendly, film tie-in, Happy-Meal-selling computer game … but I fear you wouldn’t believe me. If anyone wanted to do one of those fly-on-the-wall documentaries about life inside a games-development house, it would have to be shown well after 9pm. And contain dialogue that would make Gordon Ramsay say “Oh I say now, steady on …“.
I’m really enjoying blogging. Though I suspect the only people that read this regularly are my immediate family. They don’t approve of all the swearing.
Connections to any famous people? Well, I once queued up in an off-licence behind Kevin Lloyd (another Derby man); the actor who played “Tosh” in The Bill. But Kevin was sadly a chronic alcoholic who died in his detox clinic following his ejection from said TV show, and so I suspect that this anecdote is not particularly unique to me.
I am a chocoholic diabetic. Expect me to die in similar circumstances, after being thrown out of the gift shop in Cadbury World.