I am very lucky as they actually , for the most part , appreciate me doing so almost every single time. Exception or two times being , 20 days or so before a Drop Dead Date for a massive and important client . Even then I know they do, it just adds a level of tension and stress to a period of time that is always jammed full of both already .
I would not have the chance to do what I do though , if I were the type that would ease up on my responsibilities just because we are nearing a non-negotiable dead line .
We make games, and I love that and am blessed to now be able to do something as a job that I very much enjoy . Yet those same games are also the basis of the Professional grade software that is used for both Study and Training for some of the Western Worlds most critical Ground Force Military’s .Its not the most critical of their tools, but it is important and good enough that they choose to continue to use it.
It provides a Operational Level view of situation and outcomes to Ops level Commanders , and even to those whom never get to see the Battlefield from that perspective and the results that might occur from certain decision’s or force movement , repositioning , and yes even battles that happen on a smaller than ops scale , that they can input to the pro tier engine .
You never know when one of those Men or Women that had the chance to use and train with our tool , might make a decision based on that experience. That decision might impact my son, or your son , or for that matter someones son for sure chance of surviving or not.
To me , that is a responsibility I take with the seriousness of mind and approach to my impact on it that it deserves and every time like it was my kid out there it was going to impact on.
It is really , the only time people will experience that side of my personality . A personality that most whom know me see as one of Humor, Helpfulness , and very much a great big goofball almost all the time . Which is pretty much true . Except when I am doing something like this that has potential to directly impact the life of those that choose to Serve to defend us , and also those that are married to them , or call them Dad or Mom , Son or Daughter.
80% of the time, it is about a game and making a product that the man who owns the Company can be proud to put that company name on, and one that gives pleasure and a entertainment to the people that buy it for that.
So when I am able to break a client , even if its 20 minutes before the Drop dead Date and time, I am going to do so, and that is something I know I can live with, and that the others , like it or not, better learn to .
Cheers man !