It was the night before EGX Rezzed 2015 and the frigid, cold air was strangely inside rather than hanging outside in its natural habitat. We couldn’t get our TV to work, felt intimidated by everyone else being more prepared and of course we were dead tired (yes, this is a Commando reference) from a general lack of well-being.

Our EGX build had some crazy graphical errors such as strange artefacts appearing, some translucent textures and washed-out colours, yet we didn’t care! The game played fine and that was something we were proud of.

The response at EGX was simply remarkable for us. No, we’re not bragging—well, not that much—but in all honesty, it’s remarkable considering our circumstances. As you may already know, De Mambo was built in a public place (Premier Inn) and yet the EGX attendees responded through smiling, immense laughter and the odd profane grunt. It felt good because it was a huge validation for a years worth of hard work and—more importantly—for a life playing videogames.

We spent a week recovering after EGX (as it was our first exhibition) only to be offered three months at Playhubs, a London workspace for game development located in Somerset House, London!

To go from working in a public place where you have to hide your food from the staff in fear of being kicked out and where shady, multi-level marketing folk bustle like cockroaches to working in the prestigious Somerset House is highly peculiar to say the least.

Currently, we are in Playhubs, absorbing all the free coffee we can, meeting new people and trying not to quit game development and become professional whiteboard artists.

See you on the other side.

Shaun Roopra
Written by Shaun Roopra
My mission is to eradicate the life form you humans call pizza. I'm also an artist and writer at The Dangerous Kitchen.