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Josh Sawyer promoted to Obsidian's "Design Director"


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The potential drawback of becoming a management-type is that you don't get hands on work as often as you're too busy directing the efforts of other people. On the other hand you get more influence over the vision of the projects you're directing. Personally I prefer getting my hands dirty with the nitty gritty details. Attending meetings all the time gets rather old.

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melnorme asked: Congratulations on your promotion. Does it actually mean anything, though?

 

It means I’m responsible for helping with overall design direction at the studio.  I’ve always talked to designers on other teams about their work, but now it’s part of my job.  I talk to individual designers at all levels about challenges they’re facing and what they’re trying to accomplish.  I also talk to producers and game directors about high-level design direction and focus.  I try to play our games regularly to give feedback on specific issues I come across as well as areas where a team is doing well.  I help review all incoming design applications and sit in on as many design interviews as is reasonable.

 

Currently I’m revising and updating old documentation that covers basic design principles that Obsidian has used and continues to use in our games.  Obsidian is a lot larger now than it was ten years ago.  Tribal knowledge only goes so far and all standards documentation needs to be regularly reviewed.

 

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A lot of codexers will have nightmares.

Not really. The majority of the people there don't care enough about Obsidian these days for that to happen.

 

Too busy playing Fallout 4 I take it?

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A lot of codexers will have nightmares.

Not really. The majority of the people there don't care enough about Obsidian these days for that to happen.

 

Too busy playing Fallout 4 I take it?

 

You must spent at least 100 hours in a game you despise so you can properly explain some noob why he is wrong for liking the game. That's just common sense.

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A lot of codexers will have nightmares.

Not really. The majority of the people there don't care enough about Obsidian these days for that to happen.

 

really? tyranny topic is like hundreds of pages there XD

 

that josh sawyer interview got dozens of pages too. even 80% of those posts are flame or hate stuff, they still care enough to talk alot of obsidian lol

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Ugh, I hate when I get sucked into reading the Codex.  :p

 

That being said, this thread would probably get more attention in the C&C area.  Not a lot of traffic comes through this way.

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