It has been a while since our last introducing the team post, in which Digital Marketing Executive Romy wrote a little bit about herself. We thought it was about time for another one, so today it’s the turn of our co-founder Gary! Who is he? What is his role at Handprint Games and what are his favourite games? Let’s begin!

So, who am I?

Hello, I’m Gary, one of the co-founders here at Handprint Games. As part of our “Introducing the Team” blog series, I’ve written a short blog post about myself. There’s nothing too interesting, but here goes.

I’m from town in Scotland called Falkirk – home of the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies. It’s about halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, which is pretty handy.

Gary with Zeus!

How did I end up in the games industry?

My big sister is a lawyer and my brother is a civil engineer, so I thought becoming an accountant would help my parents complete the set. After studying Accounting and Finance at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, I went on to begin training to become a chartered accountant, specialising in audit at one of the Big 4 accounting firms. The people were nice, but I felt that the day-to-day work was boring not very fulfilling, so I decided I needed a career change about halfway through my 3 years of training.

I met Handprint’s other co-founder, Jamie, in the first week of uni and we spent a lot of time over the years discussing our own business ideas. We both had similar interests, and we were both desperate to do something more creative – the games industry seemed like the perfect fit.

In 2016/17, we made our first game, Spot & Change – a social spot the difference game in which you could make your own puzzles and share them with friends.  We learnt lots in the process, but never quite made it to that all-important revenue thingy everyone talks about.

Fast forward to 2018, we were able to build a small team of enthusiastic individuals who are helping us create and share more fun products.

What are my favourite games?

My favourite games are always going to be the classic arcade games I spent so much of my childhood playing. When on holiday in Spain as a child, I would spend most of my time in the arcade firing pesetas into Time Crisis II (a game I recently completed for the first time ever). The game I have played the most of at home is quite an unusual one – The Godfather (Blackhand Edition) on the Wii. It’s a strangely violent game considering the games most people would think of when remembering the Wii, but it’s brilliant. Something I appreciated when mobile games became a thing, however, was the resurgence of simpler arcade-style games due to the limitations of the devices. I am particularly excited by the new technologies on the fast-approaching horizon, such as VR and AR, and look forward to seeing how these will be used to create new experiences.

What do I do at Handprint Games?

I am focused on big picture stuff right down the little details, with a touch of game design thrown into the mix. Lots of plates to keep spinning, but I find it incredibly rewarding and enjoyable. Despite my attempt to avoid being an accountant, I still have some accounting to do on a regular basis, but it’s worth it to be working in such an exciting industry.

What’s next?

We have a couple of games in the pipeline that I can’t wait to share, so stay tuned for more.

And that was it for this week! We have a very exciting announcement coming on the blog next week so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Until next time,

The Handprint Games team

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