The Dlala Team

Aj
Aj Grand-Scrutton
CEO

Top 5 Games:

Day Of The Tentacle
Battletoads
Halo: Combat Evolved
Super Mario 64
Batman – Arkham Series

Typical Day:

Get into work, take credit for everyone else’s hard work, get paid.

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Batman, I know it’s cheating but he is technically in a game. Why? WHY?!? He’s the goddamn Batman

Craig
Craig Thomas
CCO

Top 5 Games:

A Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
Goldeneye
Bubble Bobble
Super Mario World
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Typical Day:

Depends where we are on a project! It’s usually somewhere between coming up with new mechanics for whatever we’re working on, building out some awesome levels, checking out all the cool new stuff the rest of the design team have put together and wondering how the tech team manage to implement the designs so well and so quickly.

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Link, and mostly because I really, really want a hookshot.

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Ben Waring
Technical Lead

Top 5 Games:

Super Mario Galaxy
Portal
Resident Evil 4
Super Bomberman 2
The Legend of Zelda – All

Typical Day:

Implementing the many brilliant features/ideas of our design team
Making all the tough technical decisions
Being the team cynic

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Conker – people that know me understand why…

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Gemma Foster
Game Producer

Top 5 Games:

Sonic The Hedgehog 2
World of Illusions starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Call of Duty: World at War
Goldeneye

Typical Day:

Typical day is still a little unknown to me but I believe it should ultimately involve:

Scheduling and overseeing delivery of the development roadmap
Business analysis and process mapping
Contract negotiation and agreement of licensing terms
Maintaining budgets and budget allocation
Overseeing creative and technical development of games, ensuring timely delivery on milestone deliverables
Scheduling and overseeing timely quality assurance processes and compliance procedures
Making arrangements for beta testing and focus groups
Acting as a liason between internal and external stakeholders
Pitching game ideas to publishers

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Miles Power (Tails)! Because he is super cute, a mechanical genius and can fly helicopter-style!

Loud
Loudon St Hill
Game Designer

Top 5 Games:

Final Fantasy VII
Legend of Zelda – A Link To The Past
Mega Man X
Full Throttle
League of Legends

Typical Day:

Get into work
Tell Chris to shut up
Make tea
Few hours working on design documentation/bibles
Regular communication with the Tech team
Level building
Bug fixing
Catch up with QA
Dislike Chris

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Gambit, so I could fight crime, but also have a number of household applications and save on my bills

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Chris Rickett
Game Programmer

Top 5 Games:

Doom
Gears of War 2
Natural Selection
Empire Earth
Left 4 Dead

Typical Day:

The majority of my day involves adding content to the game from other teams. Whether it’s animations, gameplay features, tools or audio – the rest of my day is spent making tea.

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

The space marine from the original Doom games (“Doomguy”) because no-one knows my name, but I work hard and get the job done.

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Grant Allen
Game Designer

Top 5 Games:

Pokemon Blue
Final Fantasy VII
Digimon World
Super Mario Bros. 3
Animal Crossing: Let’s go to the city

Typical Day:

Design Stuff
Get told to shut up
Eat lunch then design some more

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Pete from Earthworm Jim, cause it should be socially acceptable to wear a shirt and only a shirt in public.

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Mark Ragon
Senior Systems Technician

Top 5 Games:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
GTA V
The Curse of Monkey Island
Max Payne
Earthworm Jim

Typical Day:

At the moment a typical days’ work is mostly server configurations. PC and Laptop Setups.

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Nathan Drake – For The Treasure!

Sam
Sam Thomas
Audio

Top 5 Games:

Monkey Island
Halo
Super Mario Sunshine
Portal
Mega Man

Typical Day:

I start my day by picking some sweet songs to listen to.
Then I start playing through the game from start to finish, making sure everything is working as expected.
I drill down into specific stuff that needs checking, and come up with “Would You Rather” questions to ask Loudon.
If anything goes wrong, I replicate it and write it up.

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

If I could be anyone, I would be Luigi. He gets a bad rep, but he’s competed in the Winter Olympics and gets to ride Go-Karts.

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Jade Grand-Scrutton
Office Manager

Top 5 Games:

Mario Party 4
Mario Kart
Donkey Kong Bonbos
The Sims 2
Super Mario Sunshine

Typical Day:

General running of the office – making sure the place doesn’t burn down! Keeping all of our finances in check, doing all the paperwork, paying the bills, making the office look nice and trying to do what I can to make everything run smoothly!

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Princess Peach so I can wear a crown, a pink dress and look sassy.

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Rory Jobson
Concept Artist

Top 5 Games:

Fallout 3
The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker
Pokemon Red & Blue
Gone Home
Sonic Adventure 2

Typical Day:

A typical day always starts off with me waking up. This is a must. Then after I find the studio I’ll have a meeting with design/code about characters, abilities, and environments that could be in whatever game we’re working on at the time. After that I’ll usually spend the whole day creating lots and lots of rough visuals to support, and build on these ideas, which then get fed back to the team/client for feedback. If I’m feeling especially productive I’ll sneak in some quick personal work on lunch!

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Parappa The Rapper. No explanation required.

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Eric Ciccone
Lead Animator

Top 5 Games:

Sega NHL 94
Nintendo Super Punch Out
Zelda Wind Waker
Ico
Shadow Of Colossus

Typical Day:

Make things/characters move around. Drink a lot of coffee. Draw. Work with cool people.

If You Could Be Any Video Game Character, Who and Why?:

Dhalsim. Because he can levitate…and breath fire. Well and stretch as well…you can’t beat that!