Kudo Tsunoda: Drexel CS student bests Kinect Sports game dev at his own game - Technical.ly Philly

Dec. 5, 2012 9:30 am

Kudo Tsunoda: Drexel CS student bests Kinect Sports game dev at his own game

By Zeek Weil In what you might call an epic Kinect Sports tournament, one Drexel computer science student made it to the finals and faced The Boss: Kudo Tsunoda, Microsoft’s director for Kinect Games. And, you’ll be pleased to know, the Dragons prevailed. The gamer beat Tsunoda at his own game. Tsunoda came to Drexel […]
Kudo

Kudo

By Zeek Weil

In what you might call an epic Kinect Sports tournament, one Drexel computer science student made it to the finals and faced The Boss: Kudo Tsunoda, Microsoft’s director for Kinect Games.

And, you’ll be pleased to know, the Dragons prevailed. The gamer beat Tsunoda at his own game.

Tsunoda came to Drexel last month to speak about the video game industry (and of course, to compete in the video game tournament) in an event organized by Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

Here’s event organizer Zeek Weil on the most important takeaway of Tsunoda’s talk:

The eventual winner of the video game tournament about to face off with Kudo Tsunoda. Photo courtesy of Zeek Weil.

Kudo was very real about what it’s like to work in the video game industry. He, like most people that get into that business, loved to play video games as a kid, but he had no idea how much work it took to develop and produce a game. Kudo explained that his first job in the video game industry was answering the phone at the a video game studio. He stressed the importance of if you want to work in the industry, you have to get your foot in the door and that once in, you have to work hard.

He talked about one production schedule for a video game that had him working 120 hour weeks for the final two months of production. Gaming at Drexel is a nationally ranked, collaborative program between the Digital Media program’s Game Art and Production major and the Computer Science department. The students certainly work in teams and co-op in industry, but I think the major takeaway for them is that once you get into this industry you have to have a passion a real desire for the work. That the hours are going to be long and demanding, but if it’s what you love to do, then it won’t matter.

-30-
BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE JOURNALISM FUND TO COMMENT
Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

These Temple grads created a startup for rentable gaming pods

14 digital performances you can still catch at 2019’s Fringe Festival

SPONSORED

Philly

7 biz resources we learned about at Super Meetup Philly 2019

Chesterbrook, PA

Deacom

Senior Software Developer

Apply Now

Philadelphia, PA

PromptWorks

Senior React Native Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia, PA

PromptWorks

Software Engineer

Apply Now

Women in data, heed this advice during salary negotiations

Philly’s Mini Maker Faire for local inventors and crafters returns this October

You’re invited to celebrate the Philly region’s Inc. 5000 honorees on Sept. 11

SPONSORED

Philly

Paid family leave adds to the perks at Chariot Solutions

Philadelphia, PA

PromptWorks

Senior Software Engineer

Apply Now

Chesterrbrook, PA

Deacom

Software Quality Analyst

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Inspire

Manager, People Operations

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!