The team at Kerberos decided to attend and support the DigiBC Barbecue event at the Electronic Arts campus in Burnaby on Thursday, and I snapped a few pictures with my phone. It was a light and lively meet-and-greet, featuring a live band, a nice spread of snacks, a semi-open bar, and what looked like over a hundred people from the Lower Mainland’s tech community, including quite a few writers and game developers.
Interesting experience for me because I’ve never had a reason to go to the EA campus before! We were set up in the entrance lobby/cafeteria space, which was quite nice. All of the pinball machines and video games were set up to play for free.
It’s funny how social space and social behavior works. When we first arrived, everyone was milling about in the quad and the front lobby, behaving a little stiffly. Then I walked over to the recreation corner to check out what games they had, and Mecron (Kerberos CEO Martin Cirulis) immediately decided that pinball was a thing that was going to happen.
This is what the previously abandoned games area looked like ninety seconds later:
Sometimes, people just need someone else to break the ice. “Yes! Do it! Have the fun!”
The rest of the evening was nice; good burgers, good music, good conversation, and a chance to catch up with old friends and colleagues. Saw Rob Cunningham, formerly one of the lead developers of Homeworld at Relic, and now leading the team making Homeworld: Shipbreakers at Blackbird Interactive. Ran into a few indiedev friends as well, and made the acquaintance of an aspiring writer who has taken a year off from his straight job and moved to Vancouver recently to write his first science fiction novel.
All in all, it was fun to touch base with the community. DigiBC is a great organization, and I hope that more and more of the indie developer community will choose to support them. A strong tech industry in British Columbia benefits us all.