Josh Rodgers has been with Bungie for quite some time, doing various tasks as a contractor, though most of you haven't seen his work. He had the misfortune of being seated with Ninja 0n Fire, Shishka, Skiptrace and I until he took his new job. Feel his pain.
Explain your history with Bungie, what was your job as a contractor?
I started working with Bungie as a contract tester on Halo PC. The next year I started working on Halo 2 through a group at MGS called Recon, then towards the end of my contract I moved on to the single player Halo 2 team. On my next contract I got to work with Bungie during some of the auto-updates, the map pack, and some preliminary Halo 3 testing (SUPER SECRETZ!). At the end of my contract I was assisting with testing the production pipeline for Halo 3. What I mean by “testing the production pipeline” is creating objects, levels, shaders, etc. to ensure the process works properly as it’s constantly being changed. I returned to that job at the beginning of this year. In June, a job opened up for a Production Engineer, which fit great with my experience and skills, so I applied. Blah blah blah is anyone still reading this?
What's different about your new job as compared with your job as contractor?
As a contractor I was working with the artists’ and animators’ processes. At my new position I am working more on the designers’ side of things. That means checking out things like AI scripting and pathfinding to find problems before the designers run into them. I’m also maintaining and adding to a some tools for the animators so they can get their jobs done easier.
I have a new seat almost directly behind Mr. Noguchi. I can feel his rage behind me at all times like the furnaces of hell.
How was that sandwich you bought the other day when I told you that I'd send you these questions? Was it scrumptious?
Oh it may have looked like a sandwich and tasted like a sandwich, but brother, it wasn’t a sandwich.
How do you feel about leaving the likes of Ninja 0n Fire, Shishka and Skiptrace?
It’s like a great band breaking up. First we lost our lead singer, Shishka. Ninja had to take over, and I could not put up with his singing. He’s a great lead guitarist, but he can’t hit those brown notes at all. So, I, as the drummer, felt I had to leave the band. Skiptrace plays a wicked tuba, though.
Why do you always bring a jacket even if it's like 95 degrees out? That's just weird, dude.
I’d say the question is: why don’t YOU bring a jacket?
Who’s weird now?
Stosh just came on a few weeks ago and has been working nonstop on some really cool stuff for you guys. Most of it is a ways off from release, though one of the Halo 2 Vista top story icons was his, and most recently he made the fake Forerunner warning sign into a .gif. Animating stink lines is no small feat.
What are your roots in the Bungie Community? What was your path into Bungie?
I didn't get involved with the online community until Bungie launched the Seventh Column in 2001. My friends and I started the Mob of Angry Peasants- “Armed with pitchforks–and assault rifles!” We held an event every Saturday during our senior year of High School in a nasty little shack in the middle of nowhere: Needmore Road North Carolina . No AC, no locks, no bathroom. We had power though, and that's all we needed.
"Seedy wooden shack here ----->"
What are you going to be doing with Bungie?
Lorraine and I have been very busy lately. We've been making Master Chief Sculpey ear-rings and Marconi art for the Bungie.net Store. Sometimes she lets me scan Frankie's doodles too.
Seriously though I guess you could say I'm Lorraine's new graphic design monkey. I'll be primarily creating store items, scanning concept art and taking screenshots.
Are you good enough at Halo 2 to help us in Humpday Challenges?
Some say I'm the best of the worst. So -- yea not really. At least I won't pull a Frankie and leave you guys hanging.
How do you like the Seattle area thus far?
It's too hot and dry. I keep wishing for rain, but it never comes.
What’s your favorite Bungie game of all time?
Halo. Murdering Elites was way more fun before I knew they had feelings. The first Bungie game I ever played was Pathways into Darkness. I was about 10 or so. The headless really scared the -blam!- of me back then. I played some Myth as well but I never really got to play online. Mommy didn’t like me tying up her phone line.
Do you know how to make .gifs... of Spartans... humping things?
Sure, but I think we need to win a Humpday first.
Could you sum up your first impressions of Halo 3 in one word?