Last night whilst riding my bicycle home from work I had an idea.
My name is Sunny Koda, I'm a 27yo Concept Artist living in Melbourne Australia. I like metal, art, films, eating, rock-climbing and meeting cool people. I love playing games.
My lease and my work contract both end in July and I've been planning a trip to California to attend San Diego Comic Con and visit a couple of friends (a talented young Blizzard employee and an old friend up in Silicon Valley). My main reason for going is to get a feel for the community and business over in the US where I'd love to get a job in the future. But now I've been struck with the spirit of adventure! I really don't have much money, but wouldn't it be awesome to hang out in the US right through to the Penny Arcade Expo at the beginning of September? As a gamer that would be totally win.
Then I struck upon the idea of couch surfing, an affordable way of remaining in the US for the entire month of August. But I don't just want to subsist for a month, I want to do something cool! So here is the plan....
I'm making a Documentary celebrating Gamers, Games and the Gaming Industry through an adventure narrative!
I'm going to see if I can convince 30 odd people who love games to offer me their hospitality and their perspective to document the ultimate gaming experience. Yeah! I'll try to stay with a different person each day and share with them views of games, gaming culture and really find out what being a gamer means to them. Perhaps each host can show me their all-time favorite game and in return I'll do some gamer art for them and they can appear in my documentary representing their game and locality.
I like this idea.
It's been over a year now since this idea sprung into my head. Things have certainly changed. But this morning I finally saw the story that would turn this pile of ones and zeros into something watchable, into entertainment itself.
I want to put some focus on the making of the documentary:
Gamer as idea to travel and make doco, gamer plans things.
But then loses his job (focus on how tenuous the industry is) and spirals into despair.
Gamer goes ahead and packs his bags without any money, relying on the kindness of gamers.
The adventure begins!
California - USA, land of opportunity
Hanging with Luke & Chris
San Diego - Nerd culture and the need for gamer's own identity
zomg Gabe & Tycho
San Fransisco - The gamers
Lauren + Patrick
Steph + Tristan
Portland- Gaming as a community
Kristin's small-town gang
Seattle - train from cali, PAX: the gathering
Ty and 'friend of Ty' (name? Ty help me out here!)
games media, the culture realised
Vancouver - communication between industry and gamers.
Mitch + Em
Vancouver is beautiful
Games stores, Halo midnight Launch
Game testing, working in the industry
Home - the past, the future, my sweet new guitar.
raj pay attention!