January 29, 2007

Poll #1: Why?

The first poll question is pretty simple...why do you read this blog? I don't really do much of this blog for my readership, although there are some items where I try (SiN/USK, Automating Games QA, etc.), but when you come to this blog, what do you want to walk away with? What drives you to visit? What keeps it in your RSS aggregator?

Please reply with your answers.

12 comments:

fds said...

I have originally subscribed excited about the prospect of reading a Ritual employee's public blog. "This will help me pass the time until the next episode," I was thinking.

Then ever since you left the company, I've been comtemplating whether it's time to unsubscribe. I haven't regretted that I kept on reading.

With the latest shocker that Ritual is no more, I'm even more unsure if there are still going to be topics of interest to me here, since I generally don't care for the stories on testing/QA.
But I'm still not leaving just yet, as I definitely still enjoy reading most of the posts.

Thank you for writing a blog and letting us in on your thoughts.

chrismo said...

I probably got snagged by your blog after the Sony stuffs. I'm interested in testing - I read Bach and Marick and Pettichord and co. - so far you seem to have an intelligent viewpoint on the subject, with the additional twist of testing for games, which I assume has a unique set of challenges. I want to come away with better ideas, pragmatic and philosophic, that might make me a more reliable coder.

FoolsGold said...

Like fds I became interested in your blog due to your position at Ritual, plus it was interesting to read the thoughts of a person in the gaming industry outside of their official channels (eg. forums). Info about SiN was useful, but it was also about learning a side of the industry (QA) which I never really thought about.

Despite the circumstances at Ritual, I'll still keep reading. At the very least you seem to know what you're talking about, and unlike most other blogs you're definitely not the emo sort. :)

AskedRelic said...

I got pulled in by shacknews, it was awesome that Game Dev started posting and hanging around alot more, and then you just kind of stuck around!

Overall, I find I like to read intelligent blogs from people who lead interesting lives or have unique perspectives on things. A bit of glorification, but you are/were in the gaming industry and have a unique view that you share well. If I listen to enough smart people, maybe I'll learn a thing or two.

Mob said...

I started reading for the Ritual postmortem stuff. However, as someone in the QA field, I really enjoy your QA posts. As a gamer I am also fascinated by your inside-the-industry stories. I look forward to more of those now that you are outside the industry. Perhaps your focus will change some once you start in on your backlog as well. Should be interesting. I'll definately be sticking around for a while.

dr.d00m said...

I read for a lot of reasons. I think the biggest reason is as a reminder of why I should not go back into games QA. :)

Also though, the QA and dev topics you talk about are relevant outside the games industry as well and well worth knowing.

And last, hey, I have to keep up on what you've been up to somehow. :)

Alex said...

I'm a QA Manager for business software, not games, but I like games and I'm curious about QA in the games industry...so that's why I read. Of course, recently I've been simply a voyeur of your personal travails.

Rob said...

Like most of the replies so far, I started reading initially for insight into Ritual but now I read it as your posts are interesting across-the-board.

JimmyT said...

I started subscribing when you made your post about piracy and it's cost to qa.

I have stayed because of your insider view of the coding world, especially game industry. As someone who is currently completing a computer science degree I have found your insights, and code snippets interesting and enlightening.

Andrew said...

I read your blog because of your position at Ritual. I've been reading it since the demise of SiN Episodes to find out more about what actually happened. Now I'm simply curious with what you will do next.

Steve said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now, pulled in due to your "top ten ways to tell you're dating a tester" since my then-girlfriend (now-wife) is a test engineer. I've been reading ever since. I'm in the software industry and play a lot of games, so much of what you write about has at least a passing interest to me (either personally or professionally).

Andrew Timson said...

Originally, I showed up because I liked reading your articles about how Emergence came into being. The various industry-related articles have kept me. :)