How a popular MMORPG made me a better developer
- Wicklow Hall 1
- 14:30 on 15 July 2022
- 30 minutes
Have you heard of the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV?
As an active player since 2015, I've used my "problem-solving programmer brain" to analyze my experiences in the world of Eorzea and apply them into important software lessons. From finding solutions to a housing crisis, to tracking cheaters, to networking with the president of Square Enix and applying the principles of (Y)MINASWAN, there's a lot to be learned through triumphs and failures as an MMO gamer. I will also talk about my experiences in the software community as a neurodivergent developer, and how gaming helped me break down barriers.
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This talk will have special meaning for Final Fantasy fans, but anyone with nerdy non-coding hobbies should be able to enjoy it. The intended outcome is for attendees to see their own hobbies in a new light, where they can find their own abstract lessons.
MMO gaming is becoming a more mainstream hobby, and as a lifelong gamer, I have plenty of experiences and stories to share on how the genre helped my transformation from a shy bundle of nerves to a confident professional. I also have experience applying my problem solving skills from software development into solutions for the community to combat problems that arose within the game.