What I spent two years on

What I spent two years on

Kinect, and the Ship It award we got yesterday.  It was a ton of fun to work on.

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19 Responses to What I spent two years on

  1. Ingo Hoffmann says:

    Congratulations on the awesome job!

    Will you tell us tales from this journey?

  2. BlueRaja says:

    Cool – what did you do?

  3. Wow, good stuff. Can you talk more about what you did? I was in the beta that started in September and it was interesting to see things improve and change in just two months. Kinect Adventures was especially fun and engaging.

  4. Pretty freakin’ cool!

  5. Kaishaku says:

    Aw man. Sometimes I like just pressing A to jump rather than thrusting my controller into the air.

  6. landon says:

    @Ingo, BlueRaja, Derek: I won’t be telling any tales about Kinect here. All I can say is that it was a heck of a lot of fun to work on, and that I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity.

    @Kaishaku: Your existing controller will continue to work forever. Don’t worry. Everyone I know also plays Halo and Fallout.

  7. Jonathan says:

    Congratulations! I’m sure it must be a huge relief to see it released!

  8. Dan says:


    So you must be the one responsible for the racist sensors & firmware!!! 😛

  9. Dan says:

    P.S. Congratulations, man. It’s nice to work on something fun & challenging & see the damn thing ship, isn’t it?

  10. me says:

    OMG> I’ve been idolizing you forever and now it transpires you work across the road for the same company I do? MAJOR!

    Congrats on kinecting the masses. May more exercise take the couchpotatoes of the world by storm.

  11. Sed says:

    Fuck. Our daddy works for… the game industry!
    Anyway, still better than all those of us working for banks or states or whatever.
    At least you hurt nobody.
    Or do you? All those people getting high playing boring game after boring game…
    (Hey, who the hell am I…)
    Anyway, I love your writings. You kick my ass pretty well. Thanks for that!

  12. Omer says:

    “filed under Rantage”; lol.


  13. Phil says:

    Awesome. For some reason, I was guessing we worked for the same company. I was right. I work on Windows.

  14. Jerycan says:

    Sweet. I hope that means MS won’t be making a new console soon. So many game yet to play on the 360….We don’t need another gen of consoles yet!!!

  15. Looking forward an entry detailing what part you were involved with (with plenty of geeky details).

    I thought you were mostly a C developer but I guess you had to do some C++ on this one 😉 !

  16. landon says:

    @Fabien: I won’t be providing any details on Kinect.

    I write C, C++, C#, Perl, assembly, LISP, Pascal. Lua . . . pretty muich whatever I need to do the job. Haskell has been a tough language for me to learn. Erlang is neat, but I haven’t found a project for it yet.

  17. pegr says:

    Congratulations on working for a cheating, lying, convicted monopolist! You must be so proud!

    (I really enjoyed your writing about the Atari days. Too bad you get yanked from my bookmarks today.)

  18. landon says:

    @pegr: Bye!

    (Try working for Oracle some time. Hoo boy!)

  19. Justin Heiner says:


    Awesome! Glad to see it shipped. I cracked open my 360 to fix the 3 RROD yesterday. Fun insides… Out of warranty so I figured what the hell… i get about 15 seconds before it locls. Figuring either PSU or that damn x clamp.

    Anyways, i totally get where you are comimg from. Started a dev job at a college in bellingham and have since learnex 6 new languages. I see it as a personal challenge to know as much as possible 🙂

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