Quick update. The first week on the job is complete. I spoke vaguely of my new position in an earlier video, but to sum it up: I recently started at Edge of Reality; an independently-owned, video game developer here in Austin, TX. I will be helping Edge with their online-marketing and community growth initiatives, and we'll be unveiling new information about our current project soon. As for the gig, and the office....it's pretty stellar. The office sits on a ridge overlooking the Texas hill country, close to Lake Travis and Lake Austin. [singlepic id=14 w=320 h=240 float=center]
From this shot, it more or less looks like a scenic government compound, but the views are pretty amazing. In terms of what Edge has done in the past, the company has been around for over a decade now, and is probably most well known for their work on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series for the N64 along with Dragon Age: Origins for the consoles. My co-workers are all awesomely-talented people, and I am excited to be working with such a great team.
As for Austin, it's a great city that I think everyone should visit.....at least once. So much has changed since I last lived here over 6 years ago, but I believe it is all for the better. Many Austin "purists" may claim the city has become a tad "too trendy", and assign part of the blame to the number of California influences that can be seen and felt through out the metropolitan area (of course, in part due to the number of Californians who have recently moved here). But I feel it is the best parts of California that have mixed nicely with the best parts of Austin that have given this city a newly found energy and appeal that is truly unique. SXSW is just around the corner, and although new eateries and bars have popped up all over downtown, local joints, like Magnolia's Cafe, are still present, and appear to be doing just fine.
Some may feel change is a bad thing. However I embrace it....if it's helps. I would most likely have been disappointed if after a 6 year absence, everything in Austin had remained EXACTLY the same. I welcome the evolving culture here, and the city still has it's charm and character that I have always loved. BTW: You can rent a 4 bedroom house out here, with a huge backyard,,,,for under $2,000/mo. Note........I SAID HOUSE. Granted, I am living in a much smaller place, because I still want to remain close to downtown....but still.....the whole idea of having a backyard is very foreign to me. I guess that's what 6 years in San Francisco will do to you. Anyways....come out and visit. All are welcome.
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