Jun 21, 2015

Train up a Child: Video Game Designer

His first contribution to the vertical scrolling shoot ‘em up genre.

Video Game Designer

I’ve long speculated about what my kids will do for their careers. My daughter is convinced that she’ll be a princess, and given that she’s three years old and awfully cute in her sincerity, I’m a bit hesitant to tell her how democracy works. My youngest son has stated, on several occasions, that he wants to work in a fish store. (I hope I can enjoy something even half as much as he enjoys his pet fish.)

As for my oldest, I’ve always thought he’ll go into politics and/or sales, because he’s all about negotiating and making deals. However, this photo gives me hope that he’ll select a more honorable career path: namely, designing video games. He’s become rather obsessed with Lightning Fighter 2, a Raiden-style mobile game, and the above photo is part of a series of sketches he’s made for his first (but hopefully, not last) contribution to the vertical scrolling shoot ‘em up genre.

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