Pulkit Parashar

Gamer.

Currently Coding at:
June Gaming

ABOUT ME

I’m currently studying Game studies and Engineering at the University of Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria. My love for games started when I got my first 8-bit gaming console.

A quick learner and a self-motivated team player.  I’ve been programming since school. I’ve worked in the gaming industry as a programmer and a designer for more than 5 years now and I am always looking for challenges that help me grow by teaching me new things every day.  

Over these years I’ve added the following skills and tools to my personal inventory:

  • Design: Figma,  AdobeXD, InVision.
  • Engines: Unreal Engine 4, Unreal Engine 5, Unity.
  • Programming: C#, Unreal Blueprinting, C++
  • Project Management: JIRA, Trello, Asana.
  • Development Methodologies: Waterfall, Feature-Driven Development, Agile, Scrum.
  • Technologies: PC, VR/AR, Android, iOS.
  • Version Control: Git, SVN.
  • Other software: Photoshop, WordPress, Adobe After Effects.

Apart from the technical stuff, I’ve been actively guiding students in order to how to get into the gaming industry. From my personal experience, I feel it can be a difficult place for freshers to enter, hence I never miss out on an opportunity to counsel them. I also enjoy presenting at conferences. I am fluent in Hindi, English, and German. I have successfully completed a course on drama from the Nation School of Drama in India. I’ve played football for my school team. I’ve also been a race official in Formula 1 race and ever since I’ve been a member of the Buddh International Circuit team. I’ve been appreciated for my work at Indian Auto Expo. 

PROJECTS

DistresseD

Subotron 2021 Finalist

Developed as part of Issues in Game Studies: Cyberpunk class at AAU.  Developed on Unreal Engine, the game reflects the dystopian cyberpunk future using elements like authoritarian capitalism.

I worked majorly as a producer on this project but took on roles of Designer, User Researcher, Programmer whenever the project demanded. My responsibilities included defining deadlines and scope, planning sprints, conducting play-tests, designing 3D levels, balancing the game mechanics and programming.

Arcademia

Developed a digital prototype called Arcademia for my course Interactive systems at AAU. During this course, we were supposed to come up with an idea and then transform that idea into a digital prototype. The concept of Arcademia was to playfully condense knowledgeable but hard-to-read academic texts to their essential ideas.

Initially prototyped on AdobeXD but later moved on to Figma due to limitations in XD. The core idea was to create an app that gives the user a pleasurable experience. I was responsible for the UI/UX and informational architecture of the app. I also conducted some playtest at various stages in order to ensure that the core gameplay and game in its entirety aren’t confusing to the users. 

Devil Amongst US

Devils Amongst Us is a real-time online multiplayer game played with 4-12 players in different maps where Sillies have to identify the Devils.

As a Unity Programmer, I developed in-game mini-games and worked on various parts of the gameplay including UI and Design elements.

The Last Raccoon (in Space)

Developed as part of game jam and for two courses at AAU. Flying through the universe, humankind is rifling through the ship for filling their stomachs. Unfortunately, a nice little raccoon is the only thing left before turning to cannibalism. But you, the raccoon, need to escape.

I was working as a producer, defining scope, deadlines, coordinating between people, checking progress. I conducted a few playtests.  I also worked as a designer, balancing gameplay and fixing issues with the level design and as a programmer to implement some parts of code. 

SuperParty was a social gaming platform developed by SuperGaming. It consisted of games coupled with elements of social media such as messaging and calling. 

I worked as a Unity developer on SuperParty, creating a lot of games for the platform. I worked with design and art teams to integrating mechanics, art, and sound assets for the games. I was also responsible for size optimizations because each game had a specific size budget, some of these games were even under 1MB. 

SuperTanks was my first project at SuperGaming. It was a recreation of the Battle Tanks game on NES. It included various new elements such as a map of the day and a currency system to buy power-ups to built upon the old game.

I worked as a core gameplay programmer coding movement for the tanks, power-up mechanism, implementing UI, integrating assets for sounds and art.

AR/Vr Experiences

At Anibrain I worked on Unreal and Unity to develop experiences on the latest technologies including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, and even Leap motion.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Feb 2021 - Present

June Gaming/SuperGaming, India
Unity Developer (Part-Time)

Currently working on Devil Amongst Us game in an agile environment.

My responsibilities include:
- Developing and Designing Mini Games.
- Working with design and art to implement UI.
- Working as Technical Artist for memory and size optimizations, coordinating with Animation an Art Team.
- Collaborating with other departments and Team members to meet the deadlines.

October 2020 - Present

University of Klagenfurt, Austria
Master of Game Studies and Engineering

After working in Industry for 4 years, I realized developing games isn't enough. We need to understand their impact in order to create a pleasurable experience for the players.
- Studied and analyzed cyberpunk culture in media such as in game Observer and in movie The Matrix.
- Worked as a producer and project lead on multiple projects for university.
- Took the hat of a designer and UI/UX for the project "Arcademia"
- Analyzed the Neuropsychology behind "The Rot" mechanic in the "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice" game
- Researched on the effectiveness of Brain Training Games

April 2019 - Dec 2020

June Gaming/SuperGaming, India
Unity Developer (Full-Time)

Worked on developing multiple games and creating a Social Platform(SuperParty) for gaming. Games released on Play and iOS Store during this period:
- SuperParty(consisting Meme Party, Statue)
- Haan Ya Na
- SuperTanks

My responsibilities included:
- Integrating the games developed into the SuperParty
- Working with User Research team to analyze the data generated by the gameplay events to find churn points, variants performing better in A/B testing
- Working on improving retention based on the user research analysis
- Working with design team to implement the core gameplay mechanics
- Actively being a part or conducting of play-test to understand the user behavior inside SuperParty
- Working with art team to add animations, art assets into the games

Aug, 2016 - March 2019

Anibrain Digital Technologies, India
Unreal/Unity Developer

I worked on creating experiences for various needs of our clients using Unreal and Unity. Some of the requirements by our clients included:
- Cheaper, efficient and gamified training solutions for complex mechanical systems
- Showcasing vehicles and products in a digital experience
- Providing VR simulation of an inside of an apartment or a building
- Interactive learning solutions

I was responsible for:
- Working as a core dev team member on Unreal(Blueprints, C++) and Unity(C#) to create experiences
- Working on technologies(AR/VR/MR) in the desired engine
- Working with UI/UX team to give a proper experience even to the first time user
- Working with clients to understand their needs and expectations

Aug 2012 - July 2016

G.G.S. Indraprastha University, India
Bachelors of Technology, Information Technology

Provided me the window I needed to begin my journey towards Game Development. I learned Unity and Unreal engine and use them for developing personal and college projects. My major project "Be the Flash" was selected as the most innovative project from my department.

Speaker

Analysing Observer

As part of Issues in Game Studies: Cyberpunk class. We were supposed to analyze a cyberpunk game, and the game we chose for this was >Observer. We analyzed the Narrative, the sense of Alienation provoked by the game, and the Agency.

I majorly analyzed the Agency that the game provides which is mostly Pseudo Agency.  My part comes at around 21:03 but the entire presentation is crafted carefully to point out all the most interesting elements of Game Studies that are present in the Cyberpunk Videogame Genre.

Into the Industy

As an alumnus of Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology, India. I was reached out by the MSIT IEEE team to give an overview of the Gaming Industry and Culture in India and to guide current students on how to get their desired roles. 

Seminar

While working at Anibrain, I represented my department Gaming and AR/VR to showcase our work at multiple seminars at Indira College of Commerce & Science, Pune.    

Personal Projects

Jumping Jack

Developed as a part of two courses, Neuropsychology of games and Selected Topics in Game Engineering.

The game is developed on Unity engine and was a prototype. You played as a cat, who Jumped from one Rooftops to another. If you don’t land on a rooftop cat dies. Each cat has a unique name. The purpose of this prototype was to check if giving a name to the cat can affect the player in game performance. 

My first Game. It was developed on Unity engine and released on Gamejolt.com. 

Where you are an unnamed soldier who finds himself in a strange cave filled with stranger beings. You find a sword that holds mystical power to teleport you. Your aim is to get out of the cave and find your way back.

Be The Flash

This is an infinite runner that challenges you to Be The Flash. Do you have it in you to be fast like him? To jump, slide, dodge obstacles and turn corners at lightening fast speed? Gone are the days of Temple run and Subway Surfer, experience infinite runner like never before.
Be The Flash(Unreleased).

Be The Flash was my college project developed on unreal engine. It wasn’t released simply because I got better opportunities and to learn about technologies like AR and VR.

Get in Touch!

Currently at:

Klagenfurt, Austria

hey@pulkitparashar.com

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