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General Discussion / Re: My first trip to Europe!
« on: October 30, 2018, 05:57:05 PM »
Dammit, it happens 6 months after I've moved to Canada, Paris Brussels is reasonably doable by car.

Brussels has a small but charming old town. It won't keep you busy much more than a day, but worth seeing. And yes, it is a city where you can eat well, and drink world-famous beer for cheap.
Not many recommendations beyond this. It's a pleasant city to live in from what I've always heard, but not an extremely touristic one. Not sure it is of a huge interest to anyone outside UE, but it is the siege of most European institutions, there are some interesting visits to do there, but again, probably irrelevant to you.

Now, one hour by train away from Brussels (about 15 Euros) you have Bruges, which is a beautiful city to visit. It's referad as the Venice of the North since much like Venice it is built on canals, architecture is quite typical, if you can have a whole day, do consider a roundtrip there.

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General Discussion / Re: Update Lego Thread
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:03:03 PM »
Very nice.  I have always wondered about the culture of gaming companies.  They have always seemed all encompassing.

I hope you get to work on some fun stuff.

Well, video game companies have a reputation (which I got to confirm myself through many former colleagues) of being far from stellar work conditions. And after having a few friends and former colleagues saying Ubisoft was actually quite different, I decided to give it a try... and must admit that's where I am pleasantly surprised. They really do take care of employees,which tend to make people quite motivated and happy to be there, first time I see a company where "company culture" doesn't feel false and forced. Of course, I've just been there for a month and a half, so still in the honeymoon phase, but quite impressed so far.
As for inclusiveness more specifically, yes, it certainly is a very cosmopolitan and heterogenous environment. Still a lot of progress to be made (it's still a depressingly low proportion of women for example), but farther on the way than most tech companies I've worked for so far.
As for what I work on, I'm not on a game specifically, I work on low level libraries used for multiplayer : netcode, game logic replication, connectivity, stuff like this :)

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General Discussion / Re: Update Lego Thread
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:09:45 PM »
I've now been back in Montreal for a month and a half, and we're finally getting settled. Our furniture was delivered this week, and we finished unpacking the last boxes yesterday. 7 weeks in hotel/flat with bare necessities has been a bit long, so glad to have some comfort back. AND MY PC, obviously :p
Otherwise, everything has been going wonderfully. Really enjoying the new job, there were things I expected but many good surprises too. Not sure I had announced it here yet, but after many years working close to video games technology but never actualy in it... I joined Ubisoft ;) And no, I can't tell much, I signed more or less my weight in paper in various NDAs :p
And today is a beautiful autumn day, enjoying the famous Canadian autumn colors, I'll post some pictures sometimes.

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 12, 2018, 03:21:53 PM »
Since my PC is still somewhere above the Atlantic (hopefully ABOVE is a valid statement here) I keep my evenings at the hotel busy by attacking my PS4 backlog. I finished Detroit, which I quite enjoyed. A few cringy moments, but many scenes work really well. And I've now started God of War. Which certainly isn't bad at all, may have been a bit overhyped where I'm concerned. I really don't think God of War benefits much from having become an open world, and I find fight system to be messier than it used to be.

Buth then when it comes to combat systems, I know I have Devil may Cry 5 on the horizon to keep me happy ;)

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: July 18, 2018, 07:06:55 AM »
I'w way down the Binding of Isaac's h... no, not falling for that one.

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: July 16, 2018, 03:24:18 AM »
Always at the cutting edge of video game releases, I'm spending most of my time on... Binding of Isaac (Rebirth, and extensions), which I had somehow never played, and got during Steam sales. Quite enjoying it, and how different layers of gameplay reveal themselves. It seems purely random at the beginning, but you learn how to actually manipulate and do get thebest out of what you're given.

Along this, after my initial run where I mastered Dark Souls III with caestus (ys, admire the masochism) I'm doing a run with a pyro which seems kind of easy mode compared to the first one, and a coop run with a friend with Paired Ringed Greatswords, which are completely silly, hence extremely fun.

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The Argument Chamber / Re: Trump continued
« on: July 12, 2018, 09:41:58 AM »
Apparently we Brits like Trump and his immigration policy.

Well, at least Trump can correctly parrot whatever Farage and Johnson have encouraged him to say.

He's quite jealous of not being able to build a SEA to isolate US from Mexico.

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Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: July 12, 2018, 09:40:51 AM »
Though honestly I won't be too upset if France wins.  They have been playing very well.

... since the finals phase begun. First phase of the competition was quite uninspiring, but yes, since the game against Argentina they've been playing much better.

I don't care much for soccer, but at this stage it's more a matter of enjoying the atmosphere, so... ALLEZ LES BLEUS!

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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: June 25, 2018, 11:43:19 AM »
Stunned today to find out I couldn't sell any cards on steam because I haven't bought anything in Steam in over a year!  Was hoping to get rid of some cards and pick up Slay the Spire, which looks like exactly my kind of game and is getting all kinds of awesome ratings.

I haven't launched it yet, but that's what a few co-workers spend their lunch break on and the game does look indeed very fun. I just refuse to play games in Early access, I already get more games than I can play (still not winning this battle of will), I may as well wait for them to be mostly finished before I play them.

For a completely different take on card games, very intrigued by Cultist Simulator too.

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General Discussion / Re: Update Lego Thread
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:35:32 AM »
Damn Tim, sorry to hear your surgery didn't go well :(
I do wish for the worst to be behind you and for a fast recovery now.

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General Discussion / Re: Update Lego Thread
« on: June 20, 2018, 11:27:41 AM »
Doing well. Don't want to jinx it, still waiting on some work permit validation, but if everything goes well, starting in September we'll be living in Montreal again.

So I'm trying to enjoy good cheese and wine as much as I can in the meantime :p

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Gaming General / Re: E3 2018
« on: June 10, 2018, 05:04:47 PM »
Devil May Cry 5 <3
Anthem is Destiny by Bioware.
Not sure if Sessions can stratch my skate 3 itch.

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Mass Effect / Re: All your Base Belongs to Me.
« on: May 15, 2018, 03:28:28 AM »
Ryder needs to adapt to the situation. Shepard adapted the situation to him/her.

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Mass Effect / Re: Still a Mess
« on: May 01, 2018, 12:50:36 PM »
Actually, for Anthem, think much more of it as a Destiny-like.

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Books / Re: 2018 Reading List?
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:11:26 AM »
Really not posting here as often as I should, so I'll break the list format.
I've recently been digging into some fantasy again, digging into the Cosmere universe by Brian Sanderson. I enjoyed Mistborn, read Elantris some time last year, and have now read the first two books of the Stormlight Archive (+the "Edgedancer" short novel), and am well into the third.

Not the most original material, but damn it still works extremely well. Being aware of Sanderson's grand design of all of his books taking place into a unique universe also gives quite a few different levels of reading to some of the events and references in the book, though it does feel also like the kind of project too big for its own good. (I'm still hugely disappointed with how Stephen King finished the Dark Tower series for example).

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