We spoke to Muir a while ago when he had not long started the Train2Game course and now we have revisited him. Muir told us all about the work he does now with 22Cans forums.
You can listen to the interview here: https://audioboo.fm/boos/1755384-train2game-student-muir-halleron-talks-to-t2g-radio-again
Or read the transcript below:
Hello I’m Muir Halleron, I’m taking the Train2Game developer course and I’m from Widnes.
Hiya Muir, how you doing?
I’m just fine thanks
Excellent! So what have you been up to since we last spoke?
Oh, loads of things! Since we last spoke; I’ve been to Eurogamer, I started making my own game but it’s very slow going. It’s basically an extreme in my spare time thing. I am also the forum moderators for not only Train2Game but also 22Cans on their steam forums.
Excellent. How did that come about?
Oh I backed GODUS on Kickstarter last December, became active in the forums and through that the community manager, Sam Van Tilburgh, approached me to become a moderator.
Excellent. So have you been enjoying it?
Yeah it’s fun! It can be a bit stressful at times and hectic, especially right after an update of the game, but yeah, I’m really enjoying it!
Very nice and do you get to hear some industry secrets that we’re not allowed to or anything?
Oh not really! I do get a bit of background information just pertaining to my moderator duties.
So have you always been a fan of 22Cans and Peter Molyneux?
I like Peter Molyneux’s Fable series. My first game of his that I actually played was Black & White, sadly I didn’t actually finish that game!
The important question is though, were you a good god or were you a bad god?
I was actually middle of the line!
Oh yeah? Tried to please everyone?
Yeah, straddle that fence!
So have you been finding that all this forum moderation will help you in the future with your career?
I’m hoping so yeah. It’s allowed me to see how things in the industry works a little bit and I’ve got a little bit of contact with a few of the devs on different social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Steam. They’ve been really nice and they answer questions that I have pertaining to the industry.
Excellent, that’s nice. Do you think you’ll perhaps get a job with them as well now that you’ve got contact with them?
That would be nice but they’re a little bit too far south for my tastes.
Oh yeah I forgot you live fairly north. So finally, what are you hoping for the future then?
Well in the future, I’m actually looking to relocate to Leeds because right now I live up near Liverpool but I’m wanting to move to Leeds because my boyfriends live there and with my Son being closer to my boyfriends would mean a bit more support with him so that I could actually get a job and not have to worry about being home to meet him after school.
Yeah that certainly would help a lot wouldn’t it.
Yeah. It’s my hope that once I move to Leeds and get settled in I’ll be able to get a job placement in a company over there.
Excellent well I wish you all the luck with that
And I will talk to you again soon Muir!
Alright, thanks Mark.