We asked one of our designers, Andrew, some questions! Check out what he said below!
What do you do at Pixelberry?
I'm one of the primary designers on High School Story, which means I spend most of my time trying to think of ways to take all the cool ideas we have and turn them into fun, practical, simulation gameplay. Basically, when we decided to make High School Story, we came up with a huge list of things we wanted to see in the game (Partying! Dating! Story! Lots of different characters!) and I've worked for the past year on how to turn them into features in the game. I also spend a fair bit of time making mockups for all the user interfaces, helping brainstorm the story, and generally running around like a crazy person trying to make sure everything's working correctly.
Now that the game is out, I'm coming up with all the new features we're going to add in updates. I can't say too much, but we've got some really cool stuff in the pipeline!
How did you get interested in gaming?
I've been a gamer for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid, the best part of my week was when my dad would have to work late, because then I'd get to hang out in his office and play video games on his coworker's computer (which, in retrospect, I'm not sure his coworker knew about). In particular, I've always been drawn to narrative games, to games that offer a really powerful, immersive experience, that marry a story that grips me emotionally with a world that totally sucks me in. I'm playing through The Last Of Us right now, and it's phenomenal in that regard.
What character type do you most identify with in High School Story?
Gotta be gamer. Gaming's my job, my hobby, and my passion. I honestly can't believe how lucky I am that I get to do something so fun for a living.
What makes you the most excited for what’s coming to High School Story?
Hmmm, gotta be careful here, because I can't give away too much! Right now, I'm working on some fun features that I think will give the player more things to do when they check back on the game regularly. I'm also working on a new feature that many, many people have requested... and I think they will be very excited when it gets in!
Are there any funny or interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?
I was originally born in Russia, and came to the US when I was 4. I was really sickly as a kid, so I spent a lot of time bed-ridden, which is where I think I developed my love for language and storytelling.
I'm red-green color-blind. As a result, when it comes to working on user interfaces, I always need a normal-eyed spotter to make sure I haven't commissioned something horrifically hideous!
I have been told that I am quite loud when it comes to sharing stories or telling jokes. I think the rest of the world is just too quiet.