FenderQ is my pseudonym. My name is Steven Roberts. I am from Victoria, British Columbia.
I am educated, experienced and multi-talented. You will find me actively producing software in the video game industry using my abilities as an artist, designer, musician and programmer. Producing excellent robust software from start to finish is what I know how to accomplish. Information security and system administration are my other areas of expertise.
My routine walk in the park allows me the space to keep ideas moving forward.
You must not wait for your dreams to come true. You must make your dreams come true. I make games for a living.
Alkonost is an arcade asteroids clone. It was made during the summer while working with Atari 2600 TIA audio chips. This game is inspired by arcade games I grew up with during the 80s.
So far I have made games on my own, with teams, for companies and as a co-founder. I have made browser games, desktop games, mobile games and social games. I have worked on adventure games, bike games, christmas games, kids games, music games, pirate games, psychedelic games, puzzle games, shark games, space games, spider games, spy games and vampire games.
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The most important part for me is to express my thoughts, feelings and experiences. The music becomes its own reward.
My introduction to music was with a guitar. I grew up with music in my family. I started playing in bands when I was a teenager. By the time I finished high school, I was teaching guitar at the local music store and playing live shows on stage.
My primary guitar gear consists of a Road Worn '50s Stratocaster with '65 Princeton Reverb amplifier, a Simon & Patrick Songsmith Parlor Sunburst, and a La Patrie Concert classical guitar. I am usually found playing blues or classical guitar around town.
When I started making video games I became fascinated by the production of electronic music. Much like the blues music I have experienced, I sense an emotional quality to analog synthesizer sounds.
I am currently using a Dave Smith Prophet '08 analog synthesizer, Renoise digital audio workstation and Roland drum machines to produce my soundtracks. Most of my tracks are inspired by chiptunes, electronic music artists and retro video games.
The potential of new ideas and the opportunity to learn has kept me excited about technology all these years.
In 2007 I created the first fenderQbox, a custom tailored embedded wireless business solution. These are excellent for office networks. The ability to customize it for your business needs is one of its primary advantages. Monitoring your network traffic with packet filter statistics is just one of its many benefits.
I have been an OpenBSD user since 2001. It is a multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. I use it to do my web hosting, DNS, mail etc. I am the creator of the release building shell script as well as the pwp password manager. You can find additional cryptography tools on my GitHub page.
I started programming in BASIC on a Commodore VIC-20 in the early 80s. My work has been made possible by some of the following technical buzzwords. ActionScript, Adventure Game Studio, Apache Flex, C, C++, FlashPunk, Git, Lua, LÖVE, Objective-C, OpenGL, Simple DirectMedia Layer and iOS SDK.
Please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you. You can connect with me using social media, although email works best. I can also be found on the Internet Relay Chat network freenode.net as FenderQ.