I’m in the last parts of closing up my life in the UK and moving to Stockholm, Sweden to join EA SEED. Its not the first time I’ve lived abroad and to be honest, I’ve learnt a lot, so feel more confident about it.
The job itself is very exciting, SEED is a research lab looking into the future of games, which is pretty much the description of my ideal job! What I’ll actually be doing, I don’t know yet but its such an awesome remit, finding things to do won’t be an issue. More likely too many ideas and things to investigate than not having something I want to do.
The team Johann has pulled together is also a pretty awesome dream team, its full of real industry heavy hitters and many names I know. The saying that “work with people smarter than you” will be very true i suspect! I’ll also be working with Mopp (Paul Greveson) again, we worked together on Brink a few years ago at Splash Damage. Mopp is one of those (rare!) talented art/tech combo people, which makes him an amazing person to work with.
Moving to a new company, in a new country is always challenging and being disabled brings a few extra complexity. I’m lucky enough to be partial wheelchair user and partially crutch walking, but it still requires wheelchair accessibility. I currently have 4 wheelchairs, a foldable indoor manual one, a broken foldable outdoor one, a long wheelbase outdoor one (heavy but able to handle rough terrain than my other outdoor one) and a mostly indoor electric wheelchair. In an ideal world, any lift/elevator would work with any wheelchair, but in practise smaller the better, at least until you’ve figured out the ‘lay of the land’ around apartments, doctors etc. Which for me is my foldable, problem it has slicks for tire (solid non texture tires) which really don’t like ice/snow/rain/leaves etc.
Given the likelihood of snow and ice in Stockholm, I will have to see about getting the outdoor foldable repaired. It only need a re-weld of a joint, so hopefully any car/bike repair shop with a MIG welder or something similar should be able to do it. Wonder what is Swedish for ‘melt two metal bits together’…
Additionally I’ll likely need new ferrules for my crutches, I use levelling ones (unlike common ones most people have used/seen that just have a rubber foot, self levelling have a ball joint which means a better grip through the arm swing) but bit worn down. Maybe should order some before I leave.