Behind the Scenes (A2M) — Stephane Roy

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We’re back for another Behind the Scenes with the developers from A2M. This week we’ve got Stephane Roy — Senior Producer on WET.

What’s your job at A2M?
Senior producer. In short it means making impossible happen with impossible deadlines.

What other games have you worked on, and in what role?
I worked on several titles. Among others were Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, and Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. I was a producer on all of these titles.

What is the best part about being a producer on WET? The worst part?
Presently, we are at the stage of production when all the puzzles pieces of the game are falling into place. It’s like a good meal. To see all the ingredients on the counter is one thing, to taste the final dish is much more interesting! In a more general context, having the opportunity to work on an original IP is very motivating. It doesn’t happen every day and to be part of the first game is  always special.

Worst part? The tight schedule of course!

How did you get into the industry? Do you have any tips for breaking in?
Thanks to the « dot.com » boom at the end of the nineties. A company in Montreal was hiring like hell, and I was hired as a game designer for web-based games. Slowly my job evolved toward management. Today there are specialized schools in videogames and I think it’s a good way to start. Some of these schools even provide first-hand experience of working with a game engine — giving to the students an advantage when starting in the industry.

Also, I’ve seen a couple of times, kids asking how many days of vacation they will have BEFORE they push their first pixel Don’t do that! Basically, avoid the sentence “what am I gonna get?” and talk about your skills instead.

What would you say is your personal favorite game of all time?
Impossible Mission on… C64!  Of course I’ve enjoyed and loved tons of games since that one. Grand Theft Auto and the feeling of freedom it gives you for example, it’s just amazing. The Resident Evil series is also great. But Impossible Mission remains special for me. At that time, the character’s animation, the mission, and the gameplay just blew me away.

What games are you looking forward to?
Uncharted 2 and some of the new Wii games using Wii MotionPlus.

What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
Wow! Which angle do you want? Philosophical (because I believe in human kind)? Down-to-earth (I have a mortgage to pay)? Sentimental (for the love of my kids)? I don’t have a pure answer to this question. Today my answer is because we have a crucial milestone to deliver.

Worst job you’ve ever had?
Watching a conveyer of wood panels during a 12-hour night shift and pressing a button if some defects show up. Very easy job, but brainless.

Any other hobbies and interests? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Playing chess (I’m a weak player unfortunately but I love the game), reading novels, watching TV (I’m a father of young twins and they have a lot of energy… sometime, when they finally sleep, it’s just great to put my brain in a jar and watch TV!).

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