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My god, the conflict!


I'll let you in on one of the biggest, most frustrating things that comes with working in the industry. No, it's not being stuck in QA on a crappy game. It's not the long hours. Nor is it the free games and swag. (ok, that rules to be honest)

It's this.

I can't talk about anything that would be of interest to gamers who are NOT in the industry.

As a gamer, it drives me absolutely batty sometimes. I'll go through a short example.

Gamer side of my brain "Wow, self. This thing you just did because you work in the industry was totally awesome. I wanna tell people about it so everyone can know how awesome it is."

Professional part of my brain "Self, you know better. You were told to keep that confidential. You can't even tell people you played it"

Gamer side of my brain"But... but.. but..."

Professional part of my brain"We like our job don't we? We don't want an NDA violation following us for the rest of our career do we? Then knock it off."

One of the best parts of my job is that I get play stuff far before it comes out and not just stuff that my company happens to work on, but unlicensed stuff that gets a quick blurb here on Destructoid because it's not released to the public, or has only been seen in videos and screens and everyone is frothing at the mouth to see it.

Ok, yes I'm not talking about Street Fighter 4 or MGS4 or even what the sequel to Bioshock will be. I'm nowhere near up the food chain to know any of that stuff. The media, alot of times knows far more about it then even other people in the industry, which I think is cool.

But for things that our company has access to, I know when stuff is "really" coming out, or all the reasons why something isn't out yet or why this came out instead of that and I can't SAY A DAMN THING!!
I can't say a word and the gamer part of me that wants to tell everyone about all the cool stuff (and all the lame crap) is just about ready to explode. I can't even hint at it. Especially not here on Dtoid as this place is huge and it would be all over the net (or at least the stuff my bosses read) faster then a very fast thing. Or 90% of the people wouldn't believe me and it would still get out as a "rumor". (which would still get me fired.)

It's incredibly hard not to comment on some stories and give people the real reason why something happened or didn't happen but to be honest, I would hate to lose my job over a dumb comment, so I refrain.

Yes, I know, most of you are saying "Waaa Waaa cry baby, life is so tough" and true, I have one of the cooler jobs in the world, I just wish I could talk about it.

Thanks for listening to me whine.
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About Technophileone of us since 1:45 PM on 12.18.2007

Hi! I'm Will (or Technophile, or Techno, or Tech or that guy).
The forums are a damn cool place and you should check them out!

I live in LA and I work in the gaming industry in community management.

I <3 Destructoid

and now some rambling:

Technophilia and technophobia are the two extremes of the relationship between technology and society. The technophobe fears or dislikes technology, often regarding some or all technology with fear. This may be as a consequences of fear of change, a prior catastrophic experience with technology or because it may lead to a process of dehumanization.

The technophile sees most or all technology as positive, adopting technology enthusiastically, and seeing it as a means to potentially improve life and combat social problems. A technophile will choose technology above other methods rather than rationally selecting the best tool for the job.

* I'm a modern man.

A man for the millennium, digital and smoke free. A diversified multicultural postmodern deconstructionist. Politically, anatomically, and ecologically incorrect. I've been uplinked and downloaded. I've been inputted and outsourced. I know the upside of downsizing. I know the downside of upgrading. I'm a high-tech lowlife. A cutting-edge, state-of-the-art, bicoastal multitasker. And I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond. I'm new wave but I'm old school. And my inner child is outward bound. I'm a hot-wired, heat-seeking, warm-hearted, cool customer. Voice activated and biodegradable. I interface from a database, And my database is in cyberspace. So I'm interactive, I'm hyperactive, And from time-to-time I'm radioactive. Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve. Riding the wave, dodging a bullet. Pushing the envelope. I'm on point, on task, on message, and off drugs. I got no need for coke and speed. I got no urge to binge and purge. I'm in the moment, on the edge, over the top, but under the radar. A high concept, low profile, medium range ballistic missionary. A street-wise smart bomb. A top-gun bottom feeder. I wear power ties, I tell power lies, I take power naps, I run victory laps. I'm a totally ongoing bigfoot slam dunk rainmaker with a proactive outreach. A raging workaholic. A working rageaholic. Out of rehab, and in denial. I got a personal trainer, a personal shopper, a personal assistant, and a personal agenda. You can't shut me up, you can't dumb me down. 'Cause I'm tireless, and I'm wireless. I'm an alpha male on beta blockers. I'm a non-believer and an over-achiever. Laid back but fashion forward. Up front, down home, low rent, high maintenance. Super size, long lasting, high definition, fast acting, oven ready, and built to last. I'm a hands on, foot loose, knee jerk, head case. Prematurely post traumatic, and I have a love child who sends me hate mail. But I'm feeling, I'm caring, I'm healing, I'm sharing. A supportive bonding nurturing primary care giver. My output is down, but my income is up. I take a short position on the long bond, and my revenue stream has its own cash flow. I read junk mail, I eat junk food, I buy junk bonds, I watch trash sports. I'm gender specific, capital intensive, user friendly, and lactose intolerant. I like rough sex. I like tough love. I use the F word in my eMail, And the software on my hard drive is hard core, no soft porn. I bought a microwave at a mini mall. I bought a mini van in a mega store. I eat fast food in the slow lane. I'm toll free, bite sized, ready to wear, and I come in all sizes. A fully equipped, factory authorized, hospital tested, clinically proven, scientifically formulated medical miracle. I've been pre-washed, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped, vacuum-packed, and I have an unlimited broadband capacity. I'm a rude dude, But I'm the real deal. Lean and mean. Cocked, locked and ready to rock. Rough tough and hard to bluff. I take it slow. I go with the flow. I ride with the tide. I got glide in my stride. Drivin' and movin', sailin' and spinnin', jivin' and groovin', wailin' and winnin'. I don't snooze so I don't lose. I keep the pedal to the metal and the rubber on the road. I party hearty, And lunch time is crunch time. I'm hanging in, there ain't no doubt. And I'm hanging tough, over and out.

RIP G.Carlin

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