Once in a while we feature one of the developers from the team and tell you a bit about who they are and what they are working on. This time it’s Server Programmer Tobias Larsen aka. Reto.masterdisaster17.
What is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals, and what’s the story behind it?
Reto.masterdisaster17. masterdisaster17 has always been my gamer name, because 17 is such a nice number, much better than, say, 16, or 3256 which is just horrible.(and let’s not even talk about 282, this is supposed to be a family website). So from a purely aesthetic standpoint, it makes a lot of sense.
What is your position at Reto-Moto?
‘Server Programmer’, which doesn’t really say much. I’m helping test and develop the server backend, the machinery that will keep track of all your stats and wars and pretty ribbons.
For how long have you been working here?
About two months now.
What games have you worked on?
Not a single one. This is my first experience working for a game developer, and so far it’s a blast.
Which tools do you use for making Heroes & Generals?
Visual Studio for all my coding needs, and notepad for everything else. Never underestimate notepad.
What are your hobbies?
I like reading lots of books, usually hard sci-fi, occasionally playing hockey (badly) and sometimes even writing my own stuff. Oh, and, shockingly, lots and lots of gaming.
What’s the best thing about Heroes & Generals?
I like that it’s not ‘just’ a shooter; It’s an entire gaming platform, able to spread across both strategic, action and to some extent casual gaming. It’s something very new wrapped in some very classic trappings.
What’s the best thing about working at Reto-Moto?
Nice people, and getting to work in a business that I’ve always watched from afar.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on ensuring the stability, flexibility and performance of the server backend. Codingcodingcoding.
What are your favorite games of all time?
There’s a lot. The first games that really caught me and kept me gaming till dawn were the classic TSR gold box AD&D games. Then there was Doom, then StarCraft. Then the original X-wing game (goddammit, lucasarts, get your shit together and make a sequel). More recently I’ve been blown away by games like Mass Effect, Batman:AA and Darksiders. This list could go on and on, I’ve played a lot of awesome games.
What are your favorite movies?
Still the original Star Wars trilogy, I think. But I can sit down any day of the week and watch The 5th element. Such a great popcorn movie. And for some good old asskicking, you can’t really beat the Bourne films.