Many of you may think that analyzing data and running statistics is dreadfully boring, and you may be right – but for a self-proclaimed geek like myself, I actually enjoy playing around with data – especially if it poses a challenge and on top of that shows some nice or surprising patterns.
My latest “assignment” was quite interesting, as I was investigating mission wins during each played out war. Not only was I looking at faction wins for each mission, I also looked into wins for the different battle types and wins depending on which faction was the defending party.
First of all, what is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals, and what’s the story?
Reto.CrazyCat because I’m a huge animal lover and have 2 cats – and my friends call me Crazy Cat Lady (from The Simpsons). I don’t throw my cats at people though :-)
What is your position at Reto-Moto?
For how long have you been working here?
Since 2/1-2013, so I’m still very new to Reto-Moto and the world of computer games.
What games have you worked on?
I am completely new to the gaming world, since I have a PhD in biology – you know, Icelandic sweater and green rubber boots. But throughout my education I have done a lot of programming, analysis and statistics. Now I’m working on developing/investigating/running analytic tools for Heroes & Generals.
Which tools do you use for making Heroes & Generals?
I don’t take part in developing the actual game, my focus is analysis and statistics.
What are your hobbies?
Running, Thai boxing (although I haven’t practiced this in a while), spending time with friends, movies, reading books (I have quite an obsession with historical novels), history, animals – did I mention my cats :-) And of course now, I am hooked on Heroes & Generals!
What’s the best thing about Heroes & Generals?
I’m quite new to the game so I still suck immensely at playing, but it definitely gets my adrenaline pumping. I think the graphics are exceptional – I absolutely love the lighting. And of course shooting people (a great way to get rid of aggressions) although right now it is mostly me getting shot!!
What’s the best thing about working at Reto-Moto?
So far – the people, everyone is really nice here and very professional. I’m still quite new to this line of work, so I’m sure it will be challenging, but I love challenges.
What are you working on right now?
Investigating analytical tools to use for analyzing and running stats on Heroes & Generals, remembering all my co workers names and faces and trying to understand what everyone is talking about when they use very specific gaming lingo (which is quite hard, actually!).
What are your favorite games of all time?
I’m assuming you mean computer games (otherwise it is Trivial Pursuit:-)) [Yeah, the interviewer forgot that non-computer-gamers exists, Ed.] – As I mentioned, I am not a hard core gamer but I have quite enjoyed playing Diablo and Age of Empires back in the days – I also played a lot of Doom when I was younger :-) Now of course it has to be Heroes & Generals :-)
What is your favorite movies?
The last of the Mohicans, The Shawshank Redemption, Leon, The Usual Suspects, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars (IV,V and VI), Moulin Rouge (for the girl in me), Gladiator, Highlander (only the first one – the rest sucked!), Blade Runner, the Matrix (again the first, I was not fond of the sequels), Stalingrad, The longest Day, Apocalypse Now, The Big Lebowski, and lots more…..