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✨ Today’s Getting To Know-made is with Peter Burns, Lead Level Designer at Glowmade and possible Labrador in disguise!

We are definitely absolutely bringing the wonderful Pete to meet our Nans.

Onward, dear readers, onward! â˜ï¸ðŸ˜

✨ Peter Burns

Lead Level Designer

Tell us Pete, what’s your role here at Glowmade HQ?

I’m a Lead Level Designer. Sometimes I move blocks around in a 3D space, sometimes I criticise the block moving done by people who are more talented than me, and then hope they don’t yell at me.

’Don’t worry Pete, we’ve seen your mad block moving skilz and we’re here for it!’

How would those who know you best of all describe your job?

I just tell them I work in a book shop, it’s easier that way.

Your job title in your own words?

Chief Block Mover.

’Reporting for duty!’

Tell our dear readers a little about yourself, we want to know all about the origin story of Pete!

A lot of luck! I started as a QA guy many, many moons ago at a studio in Melbourne, then after a few years I got given a shot at design. 16 years on from that and I’m somehow still doing it, except now I’m on the other side of the world in a place where nobody knows what a capsicum is, and pants are the things you wear under your… pants. What an amazing dream!

Can you tell our community how your career in the video game industry came to be?

I really don’t remember! Does that mean I’m getting old? I can make up a cool story about how I wanted to be a plumber as a child and that led to an obsession with some Italian brothers plumbing simulation I stumbled across, and that inspired me to become the block moving superstar you see before you today… but it would be pure fluff and nonsense, so I won’t. Really, I loved playing games for as long as I can remember, and in my teenage years I was alright at art so I thought I should combine those things and become a game artist. Clearly I failed horribly at that, but things worked out for the best somehow.

Share something you love doing outside of everything video games.

I have a love/hate relationship with running. On a good day it gets my mind in a happy place and helps me drain my excess energy. On a bad day I curse the world for making me get up when it’s dark and raining to run around on barely functioning ankles for a few hours. It’s a complicated relationship.

Who or what inspires you?

Here’s a proper, sincere answer for you – my colleagues inspire me. It’s my number one reason for still having so much love for this industry after all these years. Seeing and being constantly blown away by the things that are created by those talented people is the most inspiring thing of all, and the fact that I’ll sometimes get to have an end of week beer and chat with them is incredible to me. And Roger Federer because he’s the perfect human.

My colleagues inspire me. It’s my number one reason for still having so much love for this industry after all these years.

— Peter Burns, Lead Level Designer

Share something you appreciate about yourself. I know I mentioned not overthinking, but think a little about this one. Give yourself a pat on your back.

I tend to get along with people pretty well, particularly over a beer. And I make myself laugh an embarrassing amount, which I probably shouldn’t appreciate because it makes me look like a bit of an idiot. And I have the superhuman ability to perfectly space out my snacks through the whole movie, without even knowing how long the movie goes for, I can just sense it. I really appreciate that, so yay me. I want everyone to know that I actually patted myself on the back just now.

What’s the best thing about working at Glowmade?

It’s exactly as it appears from the outside. After a couple of weeks I described it as the game dev equivalent of a big, warm cuddle, and I stand by that. I feel as though I need to up my friendliness game on a daily basis. And as an added bonus there’s so much freedom to create here, it’s tremendous.

— Peter Burns, Lead Level Designer

What do you want from your career? What goals are you looking forward to vaulting past?

I want to be the KING OF THE METAVERSE! Just kidding. Right now all I can think about is this project we’re working on and doing my best to help it live up to its potential, which is massive. I’m excited for everyone outside of the studio to see it because I think it’s going to be fantastic, with amazingly placed boxes.

If you could have been involved in the development of ANY game, which would it be?

That’s a tough one, because if I worked on my favourite games they might not be my favourite games anymore. Still, I would’ve loved to have worked on any Mario, specifically the Galaxy games. For financial purposes I suppose I’d go for a Minecraft or similar. If that happened I’d be responding to you from a tropical island somewhere.

What are your top tips for someone looking to get into games?

Make stuff! There are so many resources out there these days, so just dive in and make things. Then when you’ve made things, show people and get them to give raw, honest feedback. The feedback part is super important! Get used to people politely (hopefully politely, anyway) critiquing your work, as no matter how good you are or how long you’ve been doing it, there will always be people who play differently than you, or see things that you don’t. Getting different points of view and becoming comfortable with the feedback cycle is the best way to get better, and we’re all always trying to get better!

Getting different points of view and becoming comfortable with the feedback cycle is the best way to get better, and we’re all always trying to get better!

— Peter Burns, Lead Level Designer

In your opinion, who is the keeper of the cutest Glowmade pet?

I’ve had a quick scroll through the Glowmade-Pets Slack channel and I just can’t decide! I love fluffy friends too much to pick one, so for that reason I’m going to say me and my wonderful pet plants. They don’t express their love very well, but I know they appreciate my cuddles each night before bed.

Who on the team is most likely to make a mess in the office?

Only someone who has never seen my desk would ask that. Need to see my notes from a design meeting we had 3 years ago? They’re here somewhere, along with every other scribble and random thought I’ve ever put to paper.

Who on the team inspires you the most? (don’t worry, I won’t tell them… honest! 😉 )

I’m going to give a complete cop out answer and say everyone! Nobody is here by accident, they’re all amazing.

If there were say, a hypothetical fly on the wall, what might this fly overhear something hilarious you said?  – the more out of context, yet SFW for all readers and listeners, the better. ;P 

This hypothetical fly might, every now and then, hypothetically hear me yelling “Let me bum squish your head, you wizard poopoo!” Is poopoo SFW? It’s the most SFW version of how that sentence normally ends.

There’s one biscuit left in the tin and you’re all eyeing it up… what is it?

Trick question, but you can’t fool me. If there were Tim Tams in the tin there wouldn’t be one left, and there wouldn’t be time for anyone to eye it up. Besides Hugh Jackman they’re the greatest thing to come out of Australia.

If you had to pick one game to play for the rest of your life (let’s hope it never comes to that), what would it be?

Tribes 2. Doesn’t matter if nobody else is playing, I’ll happily fly around those maps forever.

What’s your personal motto?

There’s always room for 2 things – more hugs and more chocolate.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I was once in a pop group called Dead or Alive.

(We absolutely did not just google to check that. 👀)

Well there you have it! Peter, you’re a gent and a scholar, and we’re positively ‘glowing’ that you’ve shared your story with us, so thank you so much for your time – it’s very much appreciated!

And don’t forget WE ARE HIRING! We want to hear from you, even if you don’t see a role listed on our website that fits your skills – get in contact! And show us your adorable pets whilst you’re at it!