One of the mottos I live by is, “All work and no play makes Homer something something.” He eventually becomes crazy and I took that lesson to heart.
I don’t know who set this trap, but I love you. Everyone is working their butts off for hours and hours. It’s nice to see that every once in a while, we can put things aside and pull off some unexpected shenanigans.
After all, it’s not like we spend all day playing Dungeon Defenders…
Dungeon Defenders February Community XP Event for 360 and PS3
Tomorrow is the February Community XP Event for PS3 fans. This month, the winning map and modifier was:
Low Gravity in the Alchemical Laboratory!
We’ve had a large number of participants sign up. The event will run from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST. The sign-up thread is closed, but you can find the list of participants in this Google Doc.
Participants will receive 50 million XP! Plus, you’ll get one-on-one time with members of the community team. Have a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask? Ask us at the event. If you don’t have a question, feel free to talk or sing about anything. We have more fun when we know that you guys are having a blast.
360 fans will get to play with us next week so don’t forget to go to this sign-up thread to enter the event.
Signing up does not guarantee entry. Hope to see you guys there!
Meet the Trendy Team: Javier Eduardo Barreto
In this week’s Meet the Trendy Team, we spoke with Senior Gameplay Programmer Javier Eduardo Barreto about what he does at Trendy, what the minimum cups of coffee required for work are and his background.
Javier: Who am I? This is a tough one. Javier is my name. Everybody calls me Javo; or at least they used to do back in Argentina. Now it’s Javier, and it sounds weird. (Not sure that is because of the pronunciation or just that it is not Javo.)
Married male, 31 years, 1.75m, 74kg. Programmer … gameplay programmer.
I like all sorts of videogames, not only FPSs, I’m playing a really old school game called Legends of Grimrock (a Lands of Lore inspired game).
Is this your first job in the gaming industry?
Javier: Nope, it is actually my third. I started making mobile games in J2Me a while ago. 2004, I believe.
There was no iPhone back then, so you can imagine what kind of games I was making, although some of them were quite fun. I’ve even got the chance to work in a Zelda-like game!
After that I leveled up to PC game making on NGDStudios. My first job was an unpublished football game in 14mb. It was an incredible experience with one of the most talented teams I’ve ever worked with. It’s a pity it never got published.
And after that, I worked on Realms Online adding scripted AI, point-and-click control (that nobody uses), some quests and well a few other things.
Finally, I’ve (we) got the chance to make our own game. While working on Realms Online, some friends and I started working on our own project: a third person shooter called Bunch of Heroes that eventually got published by NGDStudios. They liked it, and after a few meetings we decided to finish it with NGDStudios resources and time…. TIME.
What drew you to Trendy?
Javier: We were working on a UDK game and having problems with matchmaking. We needed to contact someone who had solved that very same problem using UDK. So I went through my list of games Steam looking for a game developed in UDK (we had already posted enough questions on the Unreal Forum), and there it was … Dungeon Defenders. So I Googled it and that took me to Trendy’s page.
I was surfing through the page looking for contact information trying to find some friendly tech contact that could point us to a solution to our problem. I had no clue as to what I was going to ask for nor if I was actually going to do it. But then I found something that I wasn’t looking for; “we are hiring”; that is still there….
Bottom line: I never asked Trendy about our problem, I sent them my resume instead and here I am. =)
Dungeon Defenders Map Contest
Earlier this week, xytech, one of our forum members, started a poll to see how interested the community was in another map contest. The response from the community was amazing, and we couldn’t be happier. Hitmonchan and I are always looking for ways to showcase how awesome you guys are, and a map contest is just the thing.
We have started an official Trendy poll on our forums asking the community if you want another Dungeon Defenders Map Contest. You can vote here and leave us a comment!
Sponsored PC Event This Weekend
We received word from Dredd that the PC event hosts are secretly working on something new for this weekend. They have already put up a new sign-up thread here in the forums, but they have been vague as to what people can expect. I spoke to Dredd who would only say this:
“After a much-needed break, the PC Events are firing back up! Are you ready to revisit the Eternia Shards? This event will focus on a much more difficult version of Mistymire.”
This is all I could get from him, but those who are curious can see us running the event on…
Trendy Friday Fun: Returnia Shards Sponsored Event
Tune in when Hitmonchan and I try to conquer the new PC event challenge on Trendy Friday Fun. The show runs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Follow the channel to join in the fun the moment we go live!
We will also be giving away Steam codes for the game and for any piece of DLC to date in the chat every 10 minutes. All you need to do is log in to Twitch, follow the channel and say something once every 10 minutes to be entered in the giveaway. It’s that easy.
Creations of the Week
Here are this week’s Dungeon Defenders Steam code winners! Winners, we’ll be in touch, but it would really help us A LOT if you would just email us with a link to your Steam profile page. Want to win a Dungeon Defenders Steam code of your choice? Send your amazing videos, screenshots, fan art and other Dungeon Defenders creations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week, we’ll choose five lucky winners and display them here in our Digest.
Courtesy of Juan G.
Community Member of the Week: “CrzyRndm” — In this week’s Community Member of the Week, we chose “CrzyRndm” for his dedication to Dungeon Defenders and his love of a good challenge.
Trendy Friday Fun: Temple O’ Love — This past Friday, we played our newest DLC, Temple O’ Love with some fans. We also had a special guest, Level Designer Steven Collins, there to answer your questions and to explain a little bit more about what went into making the map.
It’s been a while since we’ve done this, but we are giving away 10 Dungeon Defenders Steam Codes. All you have to do is post a comment in the discussion thread and you will automatically be entered to win. Check out next week’s digest to see the winners!
Discuss this Digest here! (Don’t forget to post a comment for your chance to win a Dungeon Defenders Steam code of your choice!)