I was back in my office with a fresh cup of hot tea and a new magazine to read. Unfortunately, the office was still incredibly uncomfortable because of the cold. The heating unit had broken down over the weekend and it was a particularly cold day in Brisbane. Heating is something you take for granted until you no longer have that luxury. Thankfully the heating repair team were in the back room working on the problem.
I had been complaining about the cold to with my manager earlier in the day. My complains were falling on deaf ears, mainly because my boss had a portable heater in his office! He told me the repair company should be able to have the gas heating back up and running within a few hours.
It wasn’t what I wanted to hear. I couldn’t barely stand a few more minutes in this icy box let alone a few more hours. I had a lot of work to get done and it was hard to focus while shivering. Also the lack of airflow was making me feel sick and I could barely concentrate on my mountain of work. I guess those deadlines would have be pushed back. I sure as heck wasn’t going to take the blame for late work because of the lack of heating. Brisbane is supposed to be nice temperatures all year round! It was one of the main reasons I moved from Tasmania after all.
The gas heating repair team were also making a lot of noise. The room where the heating unit was situated directly behind my office. I entertained myself by listening to the technician’s conversations and pretending I was somewhere else. I wasn’t going to attempt any work. I had a feeling I’d do more harm than good.
I heard a brief rumbling and then warm air started falling from the vents in the roof. Feeling that first bit of warm air land on my skin gave me goosebumps and instantly relaxed me. With only an hour left of the work day, I thought it best to go home early.
Development has been going really well with the game world recently. I’ve had a good patch, the game is finally taking some serious shape and I’ve even been chatting with a couple of production teams to start planning some details for the launch. Although that is still years off. During this good patch I ironed out some kinks in the house building mode and made construction and furnishing a far more complex and thus satisfying process. I had a breakthrough when I was coding the various exterior options for home builders. I realised it would be great if homeowners faced domestic challenges, much like in reality. Simple things of course like chipped paint and blocked drains. Melbourne is a city filled with building niggles and servicemen just waiting to repair them. Why should this be any different in a virtual world?
I needed to do my research. I wanted to replicate actual drainage issues and provide multiple options for recovery. I spoke to various drain specialist companies throughout Melbourne to see what I could find. That’s when it hit me. I had to build a drain mode. Turns out when there is a blockage in your drain professionals can actually use cameras to carry out drain inspections. Melbourne is a hub of drain expertise just waiting to be assimilated into virtual reality. I figured as well as gamers experiencing domestic issues like this why not let them actually see inside it. With drain mode, users would be able to not just solve the block but actually see inside it. Extra rewards will be available to those that can correctly identify the cause of the blockage. I wanted this to be as immersive as possible so I even programmed some extras such as audible gurgling from drains and sinks within homes and a signalling system for when there is an odour produced from blocked sewers. This will delay a release of the game by at least 6 months but I think it is essential in order to create the ideal gaming experience.
When my mother gave me a gift voucher for my birthday I was a little disappointed. We had a rule in our family – no gift vouchers or money for birthday or Christmas presents. As soon as Mum saw the disappointment on my face she told me that she was buying me a day of pampering, not just a gift voucher. Mum went on the explain that this cosmetic beauty salon is one of the most prestigious in Melbourne, and that people have to book weeks in advance. When I heard that I was pretty excited. I asked her when she had booked the appointment for and she told me I was booked in for the entire day tomorrow. I gave her a huge hug and let any traces of disappointment leave my body. She had made the effort months in advance, this was not just a last minute, thoughtless present.
I walked into the facials salon and was overwhelmed with relaxing smells and a rejuvenating atmosphere. The calming music gave me confidence that I was going to be pampered and come out of the salon feeling great. The beauty therapist led me to a room to get the laser hair removal. Melbourne is a city of beautiful people and I deserve to be one of them!
I was taken into a room with a long table and lots of beauty products on the benches. I was prepped for my laser hair removal and after half an hour of pain I was feeling silky smooth. After my treatment I had anti wrinkle injections, Melbourne ladies have a right to look their best. It was honestly incredible.
Whatever they used on my skin was a miracle. My skin had never been so soft and line free. I finished off my day with a full body massage. When my time was up I floated out the front door and into my car. I was going straight home to thank my parents for the best present I had ever received.