First blog; "START-GAME".
The name's: WAHIB YOUSAF (aka 'MW3-Ghost').
You don't know me! But I'm 'ONE-TO-WATCH-FOR-THE-FUTURE.....'
I have been doing Tax Returns, and Invoice&Bookkeeping for last 4 years.
BUT I HAD A CHANGE OF HEART..... I decided it was time to Chase-My-Dreams! Life's Too-Short. I LOVE VIDEO GAMES.
Just like ALL OF YOU!
So, I BUILT-UP A SUCCESSFUL GAMING CLAN, WITH A STRIKING LOGO: Ref!eX [Rf!X]. AND A "KICK-ASS" MOTTO!
BUT THAT WASN'T ENOUGH!!!!
I made a T-SHIRT, HOODY, FLEX CAP, and DOGTAGS - FOR - ME - AND - MY - CREW!
WE COMPETED IN THE ELITE-MEMBERS' COMPETITIONS, and I was amongst 'The Best of THE BEST' in Call of Duty: MW3's DOMINATION-game mode.
I made my 1st - "KEPT" NEW YEARS' RESOLUTION....One that would make 2012 - A YEAR TO REMEMBER!
"I am going to ENTER THE VIDEO GAMES INDUSTRY.......... AS-A-GAMES-TESTER!"
......So, on February 1, 2012, I started an independent home-learning course entitled:
"Computer Games Q.A Tester course", developed and taught by video games industry veterans, and professionals who've worked in this most Creative, Energetic, Imaginitive, Fun, Dynamic - $50 Billion-Business!
Courtesy of the educational institution that dedicates its resources, time, and staff to teaching game-enthusiasts, Young&Old, about How To Make It in this biz. ...."Train2Game".
Train2Game is Sponsored by 1 of the 2 organisations that Fund&Promote the UK's talent in creating the world's best video games. TIGA (The 'Trade Industry Game Association')
is Europe's BIGGEST authority on Politics, Economics, Business and all other matters relating to video games.
As any student on one of these courses would do, I constantly visited the T2G Forums, Student-Dedicated-Website (Student World - on www.train2game-online.com),
I Liked and Followed their Facebook (Fb) and Twitter pages. I joined their LinkedIn Group, as well as ALL MAJOR CONSOLE, DEVELOPER and Industry-Related Groups on LinkedIn.
Intent on 'Hitting-the-Ground-RUNNING', I took part in Gaming-Discussions, Made-and-Tested example games from my course material, experimented with Design Programs and Game Engine SDKs, AND....................
I CONTRIBUTED $2155 TO A CAMPAIGN BY 2 MOVIE PRODUCERS, ANTHONY&NICOLA CAULFIELD. A MOVIE-DOCUMENTARY - "From Bedrooms To Billions", LOOKING BACK AT THE RISE&SUCCESS OF THE UK VIDEO GAMES INDUSTRY.
THE CAMPAIGN CAN BE VIEWED ON THE INDIEGOGO-FUNDRAISING WEBSITE:
Featuring in-depth game-footage, interviews, behind-the-scenes-looks at 'how the games were made', and 'what challenges were amidst the projects', and much more...The filmmakers have announced the release for the movie-doc. to be: APRIL 2013.
For My Part in helping raise the $35k needed to make the film get finished and produced, as with other contributors, I received several REALLY COOL PERKS, including:
A "From Bedrooms To Billions" T-Shirt&Poster, and an Invite for 2 - to visit the Developer Studio of the famous FOOTBALL MANAGER game series' developers, S.I. Games, on September 21, 2012. The tour was organised by their Creative Lead Designer, and O.B.E. Winner in 2011, Miles Jacobson.
IMPRESSED YET? ?? NO?? Well, then....Guess WHAT-I-DID-NEXT! vvvv
All-the-while, between Studying About Games...and Playing Games (It's All-Relative, lol.) .... I was practising my ARTISTIC SKILLS, through Hand-drawn images in Pen, those - drawn using Doodle and Draw iOS Apps on my iPad2, and simple SPRITES using Paint-program - to insert into my Modded-versions of the T2G Example Games. :p
I also drew Portraits of HER MAJESTY - THE QUEEN OF GREAT BRITAIN&IRELAND: QUEEN ELIZABETH II (EiiR), and THE WORLD-FAMOUS EIDOS-Production and Crystal Dynamics 2013 Game Character: LARA CROFT!
THEN.....News of the LONDON MCM COMIC-CON EXPO had reached my ears! Since I missed Ian Livingstone at EuroGamer 2012 - Earl's Court, London (which I missed because it was just-1-week-AFTER-theS.I. GAMES DEVELOPER TOUR date, and I couldn't take any more time off-work),.......
I was hoping to meet him at EXCEL LONDON. But to 'No-Avail'. :/ However, the expo's EARLY-ENTRY DATE was October 26th. A FRIDAY!
And as an Assassin's Creed fan, I had to go there, to - also meet the Developers of My CURRENTLY-FAVOURITE GAME SERIES!
With that decided....It seemed pointless to go without a COSPLAY OUTFIT! So who better to go as - ...than CONNOR KENWAY - THE NEW ASSASSIN HERO OF AC3, which was planned to be 'On-Show' at Comic-Con, this year!
Little-did-I-know... That when I arrived on the day, at the ENTRANCE OF EXCEL - in the Docklands-zone...
THAT-I'D RUN-INTO-THE-PRESTIGIOUS-AC3-LEADs-'Right-On-The-Doorstep' of the EXCEL-BUILDING! Talk about LUCKY, LoLz. I made a "Star-Appearance" and sat through their Press Conference Talks, ... The Ubisoft-Promoters gave me 2 Free AC3 T-SHIRTS (1xWhite, 1xNavy-Blue), Steven Masters - AC3 LEAD DESIGNER, posed in a photo with me vvvv, and, All-in-All... It was A REALLY GREAT TIME! I EVEN GOT A PROFESSIONAL COSPLAY PORTRAIT TO TAKE HOME!!!!
NOW- You're IMPRESSED??? ! TOO-RIGHT-YOU-ARE! But I thought I'd finish the year with Success in my Introduction Module's Test (Tutor-Marked-Assignment) by December!
I-PASSED-WITH-FLYING-COLOURS! And my tutors gave me GREAT-PRAISE, DETAILED FEEDBACK IN THEIR REPORT and 85% on the Intro. TMA!
NOT BAD, EH? :p So...Yep. That's it for 2012! I'm GEARING UP FOR 2013: BIOSHOCK INFINITE, TOMB RAIDER (2013), NEXT GEN CONSOLES....Oh, AND....
I'll end with this sentiment: "ARE-YOU-GAME?"
Check Me Out on Facebook: Wahib Yousaf, Twitter: T20Champ, and Youtube: wy1986. IGN: MW3-Ghost.
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