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Better Know a Dev: Chad 'Lotus' Haley

Posted by Keith Cross on May 01, 2007  | Comments

Better Know a Dev: Chad 'Lotus' Haley - EverQuest II - MMORPG.com

In the most recent edition of the Better Know a Developer series on the EverQuest II official site, Chad Haley, Character Art Lead for EverQuest II is profiled. Chad answers questions about how he made it into the industry, what inspires him, and more.

How did you get into the industry?

In college I took classes in code and art, as well as regular classes and figured that art was my best way in. I had a teacher in a multimedia class that knew someone who worked in the industry and was given her email address. I asked her how to get in and she responded that 'testing' was the easiest path in. I'd never heard of video game testing as a career, but six months later there was a testing position from Midway on the college job board. I applied for, and got that job. After two years I was a lead in QA and everything rolled from there.

What inspires you?

I like to be immersed in worlds, so anything that does that. I am mainly inspired by books and games. I liked the Robert Jordan series up until book #8. There is a lot in Qeynos that is inspired by his books, especially the mage tower. I also get a lot of influences from music, and listening to books at work such as the Harry Potter series. I also get inspiration from the world around me, and how things are laid out. When I was working on the Lions Mane Inn I needed a detail for it and found inspiration in a Claim Jumper. I was there for dinner and it inspired everything I did with the Inn. Particularly the antler chandelier.

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