By Joe Shoopack “Rystall”
Director of Artistic Development
This past summer SOE hosted 2011 G.I.R.L. Scholarship recipient Alicia Crawford for a summer internship. It was a great experience from both the intern and the mentor side. I asked her if she would write a summary of her experience:
“I have had a great time working at SOE this summer. I had the opportunity to work on the Free Realms team and enjoyed every minute of it! Everyone was really welcoming and helpful. My team had even set up my cubicle for me so that I would be ready to work from day one. I was able to jump right in and help in creating new game content.
I did both character and environment art on the Free Realms team and learned some new techniques and skills that I’ll be able to put to use in the future as I continue working in the game industry. It was really fun being able to create game assets in the Free Realms style too. It’s creative and colorful! Besides learning new art and design skills though, I was also able to meet some really great people working at SOE. They made the work environment a ton of fun and definitely made work not feel so much like work. Working with the Free Realms team also showed me the difficulties that come with game development. My problem-solving skills were definitely put to the test! This was a great experience though and showed me more of what it takes to get game content to a stage where it can go live in a game. I really got to see more into the development process as a whole and this has given me a greater understanding of games and how they are created.
Coming into my internship at SOE, I didn’t have many expectations and wasn’t really nervous. I left with a fantastic experience though and new friends in the industry that I’m sure I’ll be staying in touch with for a long, long time. SOE has left me with an unforgettable experience and has definitely affirmed in my heart that a career in the game industry is right for me. I thank SOE very much for the opportunity given to me.”
Alicia was also featured in an article on G4TV.com.