“There’s definitely a saying of you have to move out, to move up. Your current employee may not promote you, and you have to go somewhere else.” – Scott Lagrasta
Scott Lagrasta is currently a Programmer at Massive Entertainment, a Ubisoft Studio. Previously, before switching to programming he was a successful designer contributing to high-profile AAA games like Bioshock 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. He shares his experience in having a dual career within the game industry and we touched base on what it’s like uprooting his family to live in Sweden in recent years.
Topics discussed in this episode:
0:00 About Scott Lagrasta
3:30 Small stint at Telltale Games
9:29 The designer to programmer relationship
11:04 Avoiding office politics
18:20 Resetting career and changing disciplines to programming
28:17 Being laid off
37:15 Working in a different country
43:33 Brandon’s constant back and forth in California
56:22 Health care plays a pivotal factor on where to live now
1:12:13 Shout out
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