I had a great time sitting down with Joe Kreiner from Epic Games for this episode of the Raleigh Raleigh Raleigh Podcast. Joe is the Business Development Director for Epic's Unreal Engine, which is the backend powerhouse of bijillions of games. This episode was recorded at State of Beer on Hillsborough St in beautiful downtown Raleigh.
Joe started out in Hardware Development, worked at Texas Instruments straight out of Penn State, and worked his way up the line. He gives some FANTASTIC advice to folks that want to get into the industry about halfway through the interview. In a nutshell
1) Go to school: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, etc
2) Intern and volunteer wherever and whenever you can
3) Be motivated as hell, period. This industry doesn’t reward slackers.
Topics we hit on
Unreal Engine - what the hell is it?
Old School Consoles and Games
A super cool book on the Commodore VIC 20
B17 Bomber - only the greatest video game ever created
Clip of B17 Bomber for the young whippersnappers that never played it.
Dev and Game Scene in and around Raleigh
Awesome Restaurants and Clubs in Downtown Raleigh
The Future of Tech
MUST see video of Tim Sweeny (founder of Epic Games) on Human Interaction in Virtual Reality
Props to these Raleigh Fixtures
Adam Peele - THE OG Raleigh Tshirt Guy
Who should be next on the podcast?
Joe Kreiner Contact info
IOS Recording Equipment
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