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GamingIamA Game Analyst with 7+ years of experience in making games better AMA!

Apr 12th 2018 by devtodev • 5 Questions • 2464 Points

Hello Redditors, my name is Charles Walker and I serve on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.

You may remember us from standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which we continue to fight in court. Our Tribe recently submitted a report to the Army Corps highlighting the dangerous impacts of the pipeline on our people and homeland (there is a link to the report below), and we are preparing for a spill.

The Dakota Access Pipeline has already leaked five times along its route, and our Tribe's report to the Army Corps shows that the current leak detection system can't detect all spills under our water supply. At this time a spill of more than 11,000 barrels per day would go undetected, and would devastate our homeland. The impacts of spills and leaks on our community have not been properly addressed by the Army Corps, and they are unable to address a worst case oil discharge. And so we started a Clean Water Campaign so that we can establish a water safety system, which involves water monitoring systems, training a response team and purchasing equipment for spill response.

You can learn more about the Clean Water Campaign here: www.YouCaring.com/StandingRockCleanWater

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Report: (https://www.standingrock.org/sites/default/files/uploads/srst_impacts_of_an_oil_spill_2.21.2018.pdf) [Our website is down at this time, but it should be back up in an hour or so hopefully!]

Link to our Facebook/Twitter: https://twitter.com/StandingRockST https://www.facebook.com/Standing-Rock-Sioux-Tribe-402298239798452/

Proof: https://imgur.com/dsblYlo

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I am curious about your career path. How did you get to where you are?

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Hi, I run a chapter of student engineers who develop clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects. We are starting a domestic team this year. What can we do you help communities like yours ?


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I have degrees in Economics and Mathematics. I used to work as a business analyst at the consulting companies, led various projects for banks and the government. Then I started working at Xsolla which deals with payments in games. Moving my career to the gaming industry was really great, as I didn't have to dress up and wear suits to work :D After Xsolla, I had worked at the large MMO 'Tanki Online', and then started working for devtodev - a full-cycle analytics platform for game developers - where I've been working ever since ;)

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Reaching out directly to the Tribe is your best bet, we'll message you with an email address! Thank you for thinking of us.


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If you had any contribution to the making of Tanki Online then I love you, you have helped build one of my fondest childhood memories

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What can the average Redditor do to help not only your people, but all Native Americans?


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yes, I did! love you too <3

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To support Standing Rock they can donate to our Clean Water Campaign to help us prepare for a oil spill and ensure water safety, and you can continue to reach out to your representatives and advocate for the rights of Standing Rock and other Tribes. There are other Tribes dealing with the same issues today like for example Navajo land has some pipeline issues.


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What do you think went wrong with Destiny 2?

Do you find FarCry 5 sufficient enough? I have finished the campaign but after that there is really nothing to do.

What's your favourite game from the last 5 years?

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What advice can you share for non-Native allies wanting to support your Tribe and others impacted by colonialism? (Huge question I know, sorry)


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A lot of people criticize Destiny 2 for a dull and monotonous gameplay and as a player I do agree with that. Also there's a misbalance of weapons as well. Of course I don't like that first you pay to purchase the game and then you pay more money within the game, although I understand the developers' point.

I haven't played FarCry5 yet but it made it to the short list ;) As a player, within the last 5 years I'd say that Hearthstone and The Witcher 3 do stand out for me. Hearthstone has a great gameplay and continuous updates and The Witcher 3 has a great design of the game world.

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Standing with those Nations and helping to project their voice is beneficial, this can be done through raising awareness online or being involved in your local communities.


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Can you summarise the major key points that you generally see devs lack in ?

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Hello fellow student, nice to meet you hiy hïy. Ever think about presenting these issues at the First Nation University(Regina) about the problems and what can be done?


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I think that (1) devs usually underestimate the importance the first session and First Time User Experience (FTUE). And they are very important and very often you can fix the first session fast without spending too much time and money, and it leads to the significant change of the audience and therefore your revenue. I also think that (2) some devs don't set any specific targets for games. Players must always know what to do at any given point of time (short-term goal), why they need to do that (mid-term goal) and what they are doing at all (long-term goal). A game, its interface, its script must always remind about that. There's also a problem when (3) developers misbalance difficulty, fun and monetization. Balancing them is a very sensitive subject, and you really need a lot of experience and/or have A/B tests that might not to answer all of the questions as well. Hope it does look like a summary :)

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That's something we'd consider with an invitation.


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What education do you need for this profession?

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What do you think about the media's coverage of the pipeline so far, and the general public's reaction?


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I have degrees in Economics and Mathematics but obviously that's not an only way - you also need tons on hands-on experience. Try checking our online course in game analytics (shameless plug) - this way you'll be able to have a glimpse into what analyzing games means :)

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The coverage has been somewhat biased, but that is to be expected where fossil fuels are a huge tax base.


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It seems to me like you believe games are objectively getting "better" as the industry grows. I wonder how you feel about games from past generations.

Do you notice glaring flaws in "classics" like Super Mario World or old-school JRPGs?

Do you think future generations will still appreciate 16bit generation titles (and earlier)?

Also, is there an old school game that most people dislike but you absolutely love? What do you think it does right?

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At GamesCom in Cologne I player the original Pong from Atari, which was published in 1972. It's almost the best thing that has happened to me. Every game is good at its time. But Shakespeare's books can still be relevant nowadays.


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Would you say that enjoyment of the game directly relates to profibility?

If so what priority does improving enjoyment usually have when trying to "fix" a game?

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Enjoyment and fun are the most important things in the game. They give loyalty and loyalty brings money. They don't directly influence the profit, they do it indirectly but significantly.


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What's your advice to Fortnite right this moment?

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I'd suggest them improving their ping speed - a lot of people complain. But the game looks great, I'm happy to observe how this genre is developing


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What is the best game you've ever played in terms of having profitability? What's the most fun game you've played?

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I love Blizzard games and Hearthstone in particular. Most fun - GTA, for example.


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Who would win in a fight between a grilled cheese and a taco?

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The one who’s eating both of them :D


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Why is PUBG so bad?

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Fortnite, is that you?