Get Together With 505 Games - Arsen Nazaryan
Here we are again! It’s time for another ‘Get Together with 505 Games’ blog. Once again, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone for your positive feedback in response to these blogs. We LOVE putting them together and we hope you guys continue to enjoy them. This week, we have LA based Assistant Producer, Arsen Nazaryan, answering our questions…
Arsen Nazaryan, Assistant Producer
Q: Hi Arsen! So… What is it you do here at 505 Games?
A: I’m an Assistant Producer at 505 Games; 1 of 1! (Not the first but currently) the only one of his kind. Essentially, I help out any of our other various Producers on certain titles, while also spearheading some of our retail releases and porting work.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about working at 505 Games?
A: Honestly, the thing I enjoy most is our office environment. No matter how stressful things can get sometimes, we have a crew that I truly appreciate because of their warm demeanor; we see the humor in everything and we understand that things don’t always go to plan. Everyone is personable, willing, and they absolutely love video games and (most of) the culture within the industry. Well, that and the fact that we get to see some of the most decorated industry veterans work on excellent new titles before anyone else gets a chance!
Q: Have you always wanted to be a Producer?
A: I started working in the industry when I was in college. I was so passionate about video games and I was also a pretty decent writer, so I decided to combine the two and write reviews for games. I was lucky enough to get picked up by a few blogs (DIYgamer, GameDynamo, Indie Game Magazine) and it allowed me to make some money from doing what I loved so much: expressing my thoughts and discovering new video games. As I moved forward in life, I decided to take the punt and applied for a QA position with Disney, and since then the industry grabbed hold of me.
Q: Which title/s are you currently working on?
A: I’ve been working with one of our Executive Producers on Underworld Ascendant, Memories of Mars, helping with Laser League and overseeing a few of our retail titles!
Q: Have you always wanted to work in the game industry?
A: My passion in life is reserved almost exclusively for video games, music, and footy (the European kind). From the moment I played my first computer game on my dad’s company laptop in Armenia, I was entranced. I didn’t know until later that I wanted to work in the industry, but at the time I just wanted to play a ton of games!
Q: Do you have a favourite 505 Games title? If so, what is it and why?
A: It’s difficult for me to pick, because I see the potential in some of our unreleased work and I think “Wow, this could be the biggest thing we’ve ever done!” Of our previously released work, I would say Laser League is the one I consider to be most fun, especially when playing with friends and coworkers. I also fell in love with ABZU and I was ecstatic that we had given Giant Squid the platform to make a remarkable game, and they seized the opportunity with such enthusiasm. And then there’s Terraria, which simply never, ever, ever seems to get old and is relentless in its content drops.
Q: Can you tell us something that many won’t know about you?
A: I don’t often advertise it (which I guess I should but just isn’t part of my personality usually), but I sing and play bass guitar for a band called Indigo Child. I’ve played music since I was in junior high, and it’s my form of therapy. We’re working on another album but, like Tool (I wish), we’re taking our sweet time with it until it’s ready.
Q: What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue a career in games?
A: I would say that persistence is the key. You may not always get paid for what you do, but the virtue of doing it will pay off in the long run. That doesn’t mean you should allow yourself to be taken advantage of, but that you shouldn’t be unwilling to just try or do because you never know where it might lead. I’ve been in the (non-journalism related) game industry officially for around 5 years now, and I’m still at what feels like the beginning of my career. Even with my brief experiences, I can wholeheartedly say there have been times where I simply didn’t think it would work out. But when you’re willing to reach out, to make the connections you feel are good and necessary, look back and be able to say “I gave it my best”, you’ll know you did the right thing. Try to do whatever you do with certainty and assurance that it is what you want to try. I hope that makes some sense. Just remember: everybody has to start somewhere and there are no guarantees in life, but you have to keep on keepin’ on.