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Interests and Extracurricular

Theory-crafting and Bug Reporting:

Theorycrafting is the mathematical analysis of game mechanics. I like doing theory-crafting while playing any type of game. For example, if I am playing an MMO, then I sometimes do extensive number crunching and will try to find a way to stack multiple items/buffs/abilities in such a way that it increases my character's damage to an "unintended" potential.

As a theory crafter, I actively participate in Alpha-Beta stages of games when they are open to the public to play and test. I have played and reported game-breaking bugs in such crucial phases of various games such as World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (BETA), Counter Strike: Global Offensive (BETA), DOTA 2 (BETA), Survarium (BETA).

 

 

 

Game Developer Community Involvement:

Whenever I am not working on any projects, I like to surf through and be an active part of different game development communities like WorldofLevelDesign.com, MAPCORE.org etc. Additionally, I am a part of many discord communities which are dedicated to game development. It feels great to be a part of active groups which are always there whenever we get stuck while writing a code and I also try to help out whenever I can.

 

 

 

Attending events and conferences:  

I take delight in attending seminars and events like Global Game Jam, Train Jam, level design contests, etc. I was fortunate to be selected as one of the five students who were supported by my university to attend the Game Developers Conference in 2018. The most memorable event for me was the Train Jam 2018; it's a game jam, but on a train! A MOVING TRAIN! The train jam happens once a year and it starts one week before GDC. The train starts from Chicago and runs to San Francisco over the period of 3 days and people on the train make games. Believe me, it's extremely hard than it sounds because the beautiful scenery keeps distracting you from your work. It's one of a kind experience and the game I made on the train can be found at the following itch.io link: 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Lectures:

Soon after completion of my under graduation, I was invited to Sinhgad College of Engineering(India) to give a lecture on the subject "Gamification and Game Design". This subject has been newly introduced into the syllabus of final year engineering students. I gave a lecture which consisted of a wide variety of topics including "Effects of Gamification on industry", "Elements of Game Design", "Game Design Documentation" etc. I was again invited in Summer 2016 at Sinhgad College of Engineering(India) and Cusrow Wadia Institute of Technology(India) to give a detailed lecture on "Intro to Game Development using Unity Engine". 

 

 

 

Experience as Event Organizer:

Being passionate about playing games, I have volunteered for organizing Lan Gaming Competitions in colleges and conducted them successfully. Once I had around 150 total participants in a dueling tournament for game DOTA 2 and I organized how progression works in the tournament by making ladders/brackets and also prize distribution.

 

 

 

Astronomy and Star Gazing:

I find joy in Astronomical events too. Going out for Star Gazing and observing astronomical objects from afar gives me feeling that "we are not alone". I was a member of "Astroclub"; a public group made of people enthusiastic about astronomy. We had conducted many small events in various parts of the city related to science and astronomy. In some events, I have given presentations to school students to introduce them to the beauty of our universe!

Awards

Best Project Award 2012 (College level Award):

While studying in the third year of Diploma Computer Engineering program, my project group decided to make a website which runs on university's local server and will allow teachers to deploy homework (a questionary form with objective answers). The questionary will then become available to students at a predefined date and time and scores will be saved on the teacher's account. This project competed against 60 other projects from my class and won this award.

Technical Paper Presentation 2nd Rank :

In the final year of Diploma program, I won 2nd rank in "Sankalp Technical Paper Presentation" hosted by Cusrow Wadia Institute of Technology, India. My chosen topic was "Web Security" and this presentation included insight view of domain Web Security starting from fundamentals to various measures used to counter security threats and vulnerability. 

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