Mat­thi­as in Czech Re­pu­blic – Day 5

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This day star­ted a bit dif­fe­rent than the others, even though we had bre­ak­fast tog­e­ther right af­ter it we met at the school tram sta­ti­on to start our se­cond com­pa­ny tour. Our sche­du­le brought us to the game pu­blis­her Ma­d­fin­ger Ga­mes, they work in the mo­bi­le ga­mes sec­tor. Af­ter a ra­ther long ride we were warm­ly wel­co­med by two em­ployees in the com­pa­ny lob­by. Tho­se two took us then in the sa­c­red halls of Game De­sign. In this area, we were not al­lo­wed to take any pic­tures and had to be very quiet be­cau­se they were working on a new game. We con­ti­nued to all the dif­fe­rent de­part­ments like Mar­ke­ting, De­sign, Lay­out and fur­ther to Co­ding and Tes­ting.

We rea­li­zed how many dif­fe­rent skill sets you need for crea­ting a game. Af­ter that the hu­man re­sour­ce ma­na­ger told us a bit about the ap­p­li­ca­ti­on pro­cess at Ma­d­fin­ger Ga­mes and the dai­ly work life in the com­pa­ny.

As we were done with this part and af­ter a short break we were used to run some mar­ke­ting re­se­arch af­ter that we were al­lo­wed to play some of their ga­mes.

For Tes­ting they pro­vi­ded us a few iPads and VR-glas­ses which we had to use to fight us through hor­des of zom­bies or build a mo­del of a car. In the end, they gave us some Mer­chan­di­se con­sis­ting of three T‑shirts.

Af­ter we said good­bye we set out for the long ride back. We still had some hours left to work on our own game which we did back in school. We trans­la­ted ques­ti­ons, po­pu­la­ted pic­tures, fi­na­li­zed the bid com­pa­ri­son and did some co­ding.

As we were back in the ho­tel, the work wasn´t done to fi­nish the game on sche­du­le the pro­gramm­ers kept on working till the night to have a func­tio­n­al ver­si­on of the game rea­dy on Fri­day morning.

On this day, we hadn´t plan­ned anything for the evening so we split up in small groups. Every group en­joy­ed a good din­ner in dif­fe­rent re­stau­rants and died away the day as we rea­li­zed the week in Czech Re­pu­blic was ne­ar­ly over.

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