Martin Pecánek – Meet the Team

Martin Pecanek

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Role: Programmer

About: I’ve recently finished high school, probably not aiming for college, because honestly it’s a waste of time and money for this specific job sector. Portfolio, experience and willingness to learn more counts, a school will not teach you to keep up with the current technological trends, because there’s no “universal baseline” for IT. I’ve started making some simple websites when I was around 12 and it went up from there. Word of advice: don’t learn PHP as your first programming language, it will establish some very bad habits. C is probably the king as a first language, you potentially get to the low level stuff without all the bells and whistles from C++ distracting you.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: I like space and spaceships. Turn based games are cool. I despise games like Hearthstone because of how dependent they are on RNG, I won’t lie, GalaCollider and every other card game is to some extent reliant on it, but there’s so many cool mechanics in the game, that are not, so it cancels out pretty well. The tech pool gives you something to specific to aim for during the course of the game, you can also trade resources and see cool planets.

What inspires you?: All the new technology around us that evolves all the time. In 2007 I was absolutely blown away by my friend’s iPod touch, the first touchscreen device usable without a stylus, fingers only required; the multi-touch zoom, the accelerometer-based games. The New Nintendo 3DS’s 3D screen without the need of glasses is also spectacular. Voice recognition gets better every day and can pick up human context in a decent way. 2016 is the first year of VR, and it’s gonna get better from there. I wanna be the one participating in development of this kind of stuff, or at least using it in videogames!

What is your current gaming obsession?: League of Legends, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The 2 games that absolutely force you out of your comfort zone, essentially – git gud or get rekt. I’ve been playing a bunch of Rocket League, too lately, even though I’m horrible at it, it’s a bunch of stupid fun. I’ve recently finished The Talos Principle and it was very satisfying in a mental way. And then there’s also Animal Crossing: New Leaf, call me childish if you want, but something just keeps dragging me back into the game every day.

Learn more about Martin: http://mates1500.com/

Meet the Team – Brian Abdo

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Name: Brian Abdo

Role: Programmer

About: Currently, I am a graduate candidate at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington studying both Computer Science and Information Systems. I never expected to enter the game development industry as my undergraduate degree was in history. After some soul searching, I decided to go back to school and get my master’s degree in the family business, Computer Science. Game Development has always intrigued me but I never delved too deep into it until I started my capstone/thesis for my program. The projected started out as a procedurally generated planet but morphed into an entire 4X, RTS game! I spend quite a bit of my free time working on it while I devote most of my time to GalaCollider.

What’s your favorite thing about GalaCollider?: GalaCollider is everything you look for in a game. It has a point, a growing community, and it always tries to become a better version of itself. It was the latter that sparked my interest in the game. When I met Sebastian at ECGC in 2016, he showed me how far the game had come and the endless possibilities to come. Let me say, my favorite thing about GalaCollider might not yet even be in the game. Otherwise, I’d have to say the 2D, 3D map concept. It’s really inventive!

What inspires you? I’m inspired by a lot of different things. These range from games, to books, to movies, and music. Currently, music has been the source of most of my inspiration. Specifically, artists such as Lindsay Stirling, David Choi, and Malukah.

What is your current gaming obsession?: If No Man’s Sky was out right now, it would be that. Otherwise, I’m currently playing FIFA.