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When Games Become Life

Over the weekend, I took the time to visit a local casino with a male friend of mine. He and I spent a disproportionate amount of time on the casino floor. Though I am only a light gambler, my friend can sit at the Blackjack table for hours. While he was doing that, I was off playing a few select slot machines like the boomanji slot machine which is one of many netent slots for those interested in who the game developer is. What no one realizes is that when I do this, I silently jot down ideas in my mind that I can develop in the creation of my own games. I consider it field research and can appreciate how much it helps me when I am sitting in my office staring at the computer screen.

The day after my friend and I visited the casino, I got to work implementing new ideas. I now have a list of games in my head that I want to do my best to create a rough version of. They combine original elements I have thought of with elements I have seen in some of the more popular slot machine games. I am well aware that online casinos are competing with land based casinos for gamblers and their money. So I am doing my part to help the online casinos that I have already created games for to compete with casinos like the one I was just in. It has always been my goal to provide each casino I work with, with games that I feel gamblers are able and willing to enjoy. My life continues to lead me on a quest to change the online gambling industry forever.

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No Rest For The Wicked

Many of my friends have spent their vacation time traveling the world. In their travels they have experienced the U,S. to a great extent. And while I greatly enjoy hearing about all of their adventures in the states, I have not been able to follow in their footsteps. Work and personal obligations keep me busy almost constantly. So while my friends are texting me pictures of their vacation destinations I am holed up at the computer in my home office.

For me, a vacation is designing a casino game that once only existed in my own imagination. Yet I have found this to be just as satisfying as getting on a plane and going anywhere in this world could be. It provides a mental escape for me that I cherish every day. Being able to live in the world of one of my games is an idea that has been appealing to me since i made the decision to become a freelancer.

It is not unusual for a game I am working on to creep into my dreams. Countless times I have woken up in the middle of the night with new ideas for whatever game I am working on at the time. Many times those ideas actually make it into the final product. I believe this is what makes my games so much different from games created by other developers.

Inspiration and creativity are a big part of my life. They have always given me the motivation that I need to keep working on an idea in my head until I have turned it into a reality. Sometimes I get so excited about work projects that I actually put off personal obligations to pursue my work even on evenings and weekends when my friends are all congregating at the local pub. And while this may make me sound like a stick in the mud to those who don’t know me, those who do realize that I have a passion for my work that is unprecedented among my peers.

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Explaining My Job To Young Women I Date

I am finding out that when I tell women what I do for a living, some pretend to be fascinated by the subject while others clearly show their lack of interest in it. This was particularly obvious when I recently took a woman who shall remain nameless, out to dinner. Having never met her before, I was relying on our mutual friend to help me find companionship. What neither of us counted on was that this woman, while kind and beautiful, did not seem to even want to fake an interest in what I do for a living. Over the usual getting to know you questions anyone would ask on a date, the subject of what I do for a living was broached by her. As I explained to her what I do and why and how I do it, I saw nothing more than a glazed over look in her eyes. Rather than asking me any follow up questions about the subject, she immediately changed it. And while we had a perfectly pleasant conversation I don’t think that I will be seeing her again.

Though I do not expect anyone else to find my job as fascinating as I do, I would like to find a lady friend that at least takes an interest in learning more about it. Through conversations with friends as well as acquaintances, I have come to realize that the word “freelance” seems to strike doubt in many people. Too many people that I have broached the subject to have said that it doesn’t seem like freelancing is a smart way to earn a living. Lady friends of mine have even implied that the reason I am single is because some women perceive me as not having a real job.

This strikes a chord with me. My parents always encouraged me to work hard and follow my dreams even if they didn’t always agree with what those dreams were. When I first told them I wanted to make a go at becoming a freelance game designer, they wished me well. I believe that their faith in me is a significant part of the reason why I now have a successful career doing what I love.

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A Typical Day At Work

Before I became a freelance game designer I always wondered what the average work day is like for one. Now I no longer have to wonder, because I have experienced it first hand. I always hated working for others, so to find a career where I can be my own boss has been an amazing experience for me, My home office is in a corner of my tiny apartment. My day starts with coffee and breakfast, followed by a quick shower and dress. Even though I work at home I make it a point to dress like I would if I was working in an office. The main reason for this is because it makes me feel more confident, which makes me more productive.

Since I am currently working on designing a new game, the details of which I cannot yet reveal, my work day starts with a review of the previous day’s progress. I then compile a to-do list for the day that helps keep me on track so that I can mark off each step I complete. Afterwards, I move through the list, checking and doubling checking my work before anything gets marked as finished. This goes on until early afternoon when I break for lunch and a quick power nap.

Wide awake and alert, I am then ready to resume the creation of my latest game. I test my calculations and ensure that each necessary aspect of my game is coming together. By the end of my work day I am ready to test my game as if I was playing it for the first time. Upon completing a test run, I make note of the aspects of the game that worked and the aspects that didn’t. This allows me to start mentally mapping out my plan of attack for tomorrow’s work day, I then call it a day and will generally relax over a quick dinner and end the evening with a phone call to my parents. My mother is always particularly interested in hearing about my latest accomplishments, which is something I always proudly share with her and my father.

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Rediscovering My Childhood

As a child I played video games every night when I got home. While my strict Japanese parents did not always approve, they always respected the fact that I felt more comfortable having a video game entertain me than my neighbors and peers at school. Through my socially awkward childhood years, video games were an outlet for me. Now that my childhood years are mercifully over, I have changed my attitude towards games. These days I have more of an interest in designing casino games than playing the video games I grew up with.

Combining the best of my childhood with my current passion, I have been on a mission to create slot machines that take me back to the days of video games. By parlaying my interest in them into a career, I have added to the world what I consider to be my own unique contributions to the online gambling industry. The whole time I was growing up I never realized that the games I was playing would help shape my future,

I test every game I create before I finalize the product. In doing so, I have found what works and what does not. I have also rediscovered my passion for the games that I spent so many hours playing as a child. By creating games I would want to play in a casino I have been able to share my vision with the world. At first I had to really push to get my games added to the collections of online casinos I have often frequented in the recent past. Now I am living a dream that I never thought would come true.

Though I am a grown man now I have come to understand that games are an important part of your life at any age. Whether you are a child using them for entertainment or an adult using them to escape from the stresses of everyday life, they are something to be valued. And by creating them I am adding value to the lives of countless people. To me, this makes what I do more than just a profession. It is my way to leave my mark on the world and ensure a legacy that will last a lifetime.

Capturing the innocence of my childhood in the games I have created has proved to be a fascinating journey for me.

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Readers, I Am Your Guide

My name is Eric Agaki and I am from Hertfordshire, U.K. Having grown up with Japanese parents I quickly became interested in the gambling industry. So much so, in fact, that I now make my living as an online casino game developer. I have cultivated a successful freelance career in which I have developed games for Drake, Mr. Green, Casumo and BGO online casinos.

I was raised to believe that gambling is a prestigious activity that well-to-do people such as my parents use as a social outlet. Growing up in Hertfordshire, I could never understand the huge appeal. Until my fellow UK residents sat up and took notice of online casinos, I couldn’t see what the appeal was. But now I put food on the table and pay for the roof over my head by developing games that gamblers are clambering to get to.

Until I became a freelance game developer I played a few slot machines at some of the earliest launched online casinos. One thing I noticed was that most of the games were carbon copies of each other. That is when I was inspired to begin creating my own games. I already had an interest in programming, so I went on to study it at University. Upon graduation I began freelancing for a small, unpopular online casino. While I didn’t find that very fulfilling, it did allow me to get the experience I needed to gain the attention of larger and more established casinos all over the Internet.

Ever since then, it has been my goal to keep creating new and original games that gamblers of any age can enjoy. Taking inspiration from the topics that interest myself and the people around me, I created quite a few games that I am very proud of. Now that I have discovered my calling, I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. Becoming a freelance game designer has taught me more than I ever thought it was possible to learn.

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