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dalek_999418 karma

Pretty close to my husband's story. He started in Westwood Studios (OC), which was a small company. Lots of fun to work at, making amazing games, and working with a really tight group of people. Then they got bought by EA, and just got bigger and bigger, eventually getting pulled into the bigger office in Marina Del Rey. That's when things got really shitty.

He's not in games anymore.

Oh, and congrats on getting out!

EDIT: Geez, I wasn't expecting so many responses. To those asking, he worked on Red Alert 2, Yuri's Revenge, Generals, Zero Hour, BFME 1 (and started BFME 2, but left part way through). Dune was before his time, and Nox was a separate team (working upstairs, he says).

To be frank, the crunch time on Generals, Zero Hour, and BFME put a serious strain on our marriage, and I told him that I couldn't take it anymore, and he had to move on from EA. There were times that he was working 100 hours a week, and it was just ridiculous; some people can be happy without ever seeing their spouse for months on end, but I'm not one of them. And that crunch time totally took the fun out of the job for him. This is when all the ea_spouse shit hit the fan (look it up, if you don't know what it is), and while I'm not ea_spouse, I know who it was, and commiserated wholeheartedly with her. I think the thing that he misses the most is the people that he worked with...and none of them work at EA anymore.

My hubbie left EA to join a smaller company that was doing maintenance and small features for Counterstrike, and then worked on the first version of Left For Dead. He eventually left that company to make casual games, and is now making iOS apps for the same company I work for. He just finished his Master's (as of today), and is planning on going into teaching.

I've tried to convince him to do an IAMA, but he doesn't think he's interesting enough to do one.

dalek_999203 karma

How's Prime Time doing? Does he get along with the younger dog?

My husband and I stayed at Gecko Rock a few years ago,and had a marvelous time. Those of you thinking about it, it's worth going. Very relaxing and enjoyable.

dalek_999198 karma

It sounds like you and your mom were not Amish until she married him? How did an English woman end up marrying an Amish man? How old were you at the time? Was it a major culture shock to live the Amish way when they first got married?

dalek_999151 karma

"your life is about to change."

Or it was the best pickup line ever!

dalek_99984 karma

I attended as a guest once, and got to meet her. She was nice. Very short.

Edit: I'm only 5'2" and she was shorter than me.