How David Helgason changed mobile gaming

I met David Helgason in Austin, Texas at the GDC (Game Developers Conference) back in 2009. I was then, like thousands of people, chasing the mobile game development rush the iPhone had created. I wanted to be part of that success and leave a legacy behind. As I walked through the show with my developer’s badge, I walked by this 2 man table/booth if you will, where this young guy with a collared shirt and the collar up to his ears, and a slim look only Europeans can pull off.

I walked up to him and asked him what he had going. He introduced me and showed me a system that would go on to revolutionize the mobile game development world and anything that required 3d including the new VR revolution of today. He was launching this 3D engine called Unity3D. It was affordable unlike the other game engines out there at the time. This engine was developed for mobile. It was lean, had amazing graphics and the development process was amazing. He showed me a demo of a fighter jet on this iPhone. I was floored, to say the least. I immediately said to David “Sign me up” and he did. I am proud to say that I was one of the first developers that signed up to use the first rollout of Unity3D.

I never did really make it in the mobile game development business. Learned a lot, bled a lot, lost my savings, but in the end, it was an amazing experience. In the end, with Unity3D, I built Foxie Hunny’s Arctic Adventure (video below) and I am proud to say that this was the first mobile game with weather technology. If it rained outside, it rained in the game, if it was daylight outside, it was daylight in the game. David can attest to this. He was excited about it when I sent it to him and we spoke about the possibility of licensing it. We never did much, but I am thankful for the opportunity to have been close to the finish line. At least I can say I was in the race. Winning is not everything.

Fyi, I borrowed the image of David from this awesome Huffington Post article which inspired me to write about David here on Broccoli News. Here is the link to that great interview. 

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