I'm a gamer, and some of my favourite articles to read about computer games are those click-bait posts that read "Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Playing Pac-Man!".
When you're playing computer games, it's easy to miss things that are obvious to others, and these posts can help you to understand a simple game mechanic that you'd otherwise have not used. It got me thinking about the things in my own career that I found out about too late, or didn't fully understand until much later than I needed it.
We'll cover both the technical and the conversational, so join me, as I introduce you to Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Playing "Developer".


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Michael Bush at 20:47 on 9 Oct 2019

I really liked this talk and recognised many of the challenges I have also faced being self taught.

Very nicely presented.

Well paced and good fun talk, with quite a bit of sensible advice in there. Thought provoking at one or two points too. I enjoyed it, and enjoyed meeting Gary in the bar afterwards.

Piers Hobson at 09:11 on 10 Oct 2019

Clearly very experienced speaker and developer imparting lessons learned throughout his career.

Great visuals, the gaming theme was good fun and I wasn't feeling left out as I'd only heard of half the games mentioned.

I'm sure the talk will be online but the further reading suggestions were displayed on screen and we had time to take a picture or note them down, nice!

Really enjoyed it, thank you

Mark S at 09:38 on 10 Oct 2019

Great talk and made me laugh, recognised some of the points raised. One way to improve might be to use a image of Pac-man game rather than a video, which was hard not to look at. Really enjoyed it thanks!