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Once a Freelancer – Always a Freelancer

Well well well, its my second day continuous to write a post on my lovely blog GamyGuru. I would like to thank you all the readers who supported me and my blog by reading this. Thanks

You probably be thinking about the title of post, its a little confusing i guess. Well, it is. Here is background of title. Before starting my new job, i was at home doing some rest for while. I was at home for 2 months doing nothing and rest. So, a friend of mine, he is an iPhone developer, recommended me to start freelance and earn money at home. I was getting bored of rest, so I created account at Freelancer.com and started bidding and getting projects. You can see my Freelancer profile at this link:
http://www.freelancer.com/u/WajahatKarim.html

So, I always took freelancing as negative step, so i was never interested in it. This time I thought of giving it a try, and boom boom boom, I was liking it and I was getting projects. Then I suddenly got job as game developer and yes! I love games, so i accepted offer and started the job. But, as committed with my early and new clients I had to finish their projects and work, so I started working double shift. One shift at job and other at Freelancer. Man!!! That was tough life,  and i wanted to stop it, so i stopped to bid and apply for projects and hired some non expensive and affordable freelancers and gave projects to them and finished the projects. Phewwww, I took long deep breath and now its time to rest.

Haha, that’s not end of post, that’s the start of post…. well, as title says Once a Freelancer is always a Freelancer.  I stopped applying for projects but projects and clients never left me. They still contact me and provide projects and different offers, which i really don’t want to deny. So, its been 4 months to stop freelancing but still doing it, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally…  you really can’t quit freelancing so easily, its more tough job than starting freelancing. Let me explain this. One way to stop freelancing is to be unresponsive to all clients you got and sooner or later they will stop to contact you. Well, that will make your negative image in clients mind and the respect, you got by working hard and by providing quality solutions, will be gone within a minute. I would say, there is no worthy thing than respect in this world so I will never do that. The other method is to provide the projects which you get to other clients and manage things in middle. What I learnt through this was that managing projects is much much easier than managing people. Human behavior is toughest part in people, and that’s the skill in a true leader and entrepreneur.

Thanks for reading this, and I will be back tomorrow with my other experience story. I hope You like this post.

Regards,
Wajahat Karim
GamyGuru

From Game Developer to Game Designer

Hello readers!!!
Well, its my life, i think its going in a little different direction now.

What? Am I happy with it?
Umm….. i can’t say anything about it now because its not changed, its still same but I think it is taking turn now. And, my expectations are very high and positive, and let’s just hope and pray that I get good from it.

What was it before?
I first got personal computer when I was 14 years old. After learning some basis, I moved to learn Adobe Flash. At that time, it was known as Macromedia Flash. I was using version 5. I kept learning and getting more and more motivated to this field. I wanted to create an animated movie and for this goal, i kept learning it. Then, i reached in university where i started my graduation. I was doing grad in Communication system engineering but I wasn’t sure about it. I couldn’t get interest in it, I just hated it and avoided it so much and 3 years passed. While this time, I was moved to Android already, and was developing Android apps. Then, in final year at a cafe table with few rough papers and pen inked blue, a hot cup of tea half empty, cricket commentary voice in background,  washing dish and waiter service light noise, with my 2 partners, I decided to develop a game for Android devices. And through tough decision, tough routine in last year, emotional ups down, motivation of positive people, making fun of negative people, mid-night oil burn, sleeping on chair with head on table, I with my team finally created a game. And during this whole phase, I was very motivated to game development. I thought of making my future as Game Developer, and i am right now doing job as Game Developer.
So, I am Game Developer In these good days.

So, what happened then ?
Then? Yeah then, then my one coworker in my office gives me 2 seasons of IGN – The Next Boss. Its a reality show started 2 years ago. The concept of show is to choose best person suitable for game industry and give him /her title of The Next Game Boss along with some cash prize and other benefits like super computers, paid software license like Unity 3D pro version, and Adobe license to use their software for free. It was so much learning and fun in the show that i can’t say in words. Season 1 was on creating a playable game in less than a week, while season 3 was to select best game of different indie game designers working in their homes, garages, office etc to make next big hit in game industry. The show was on Unity 3D. Everything thing shown and developed was on Unity 3D. The judges were well reputed game industry people. For example, in season 2, there was a judge who was Game Designer, Game Producer, of hit games like God of War series, Twisted Metal series and so on. That’s where from I got attracted to being Game designer instead of game Developer.

Oh, you want to be game designer?
Yep, that’s what I am trying to say. I mean look at any game designer. He keeps all developers, musicians, artists, manager, story and script writers on track and motivate them all to get in line and move them on same track. I just loved the role in game industry and thinking of being game designer.

What did you do then?
Well, i started looking for to  understand meaning of Game Designer, so downloaded a book on game designing and still reading it. And, I am learning lots of new things and this time I am applying this knowledge on my Cut on One game and designing its game concept and so on. When i finish my book reading, I will write about it on this blog,  and when i finish cut on one game designing, i will write about how i applied my knowledge to design a game.

okay that sounds great
Well, for a while i am focusing on game designing. Even, I am looking for doing masters in Game designing probably from Full Sail University, North America.

That’s wrap call
I think its a lot for today. Thanks for reading. Looking forward for great feedback and comments and suggestions….. more will me coming soon, keep reading GamyGuru. Thanks

Regards,
Wajahat Karim
GamyGuru

Microsoft released “on{X} – An Android Application” to automate everything.

As this is 21st century, and its age of smart phones and world wide web. So, in this era of technology, everything is being automated. If we see from perspective of smart phones, then Android is mostly used smart phone in the globe. Millions of applications have been developed for Android devices. Automation applications like task schedulers, smart applications are also available on the Google Play or previously called Android Market. And in the list of those automation application developers, Microsoft has also been included. Yes! you heard it right. Microsoft has launched an Android application, which automates your phone and activities. The application is essentially free and an extensible version of the Tasker for Android. on{X} lets you control and extend the capabilities of your Android phone using a JavaScript API to remotely program it”, and it includes “recipes” to start with, just like the popular site If This Then That (http://ifttt.com/). To use the application, you have to log-in using FacebookTechCrunch calls it “The Coolest Thing to Happen to Android” http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/05/onx/.

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