“We were actually lucky to be neglected”SCS Software never set out to make niche driving sims, but the American Truck Simulator dev found success there and is now in it for the long haulBrendan SinclairManaging EditorThursday 18th February 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSCS SoftwareSCS Software is the first name in truck driving simulation games. Granted, there may not be many names at all in truck driving simulation games, but SCS is still the one to know. Earlier this month, the Czech developer launched American Truck Simulator (the #1 trending game on SteamSpy as of this writing, trailed by XCOM 2 and Firewatch) to a outpouring of critical appreciation and commercial success that surprised even SCS CEO Pavel Sebor.”It’s way above expectations,” Sebor told GamesIndustry.biz. “We thought we were creating a niche game that sometimes happens to sell well also during Steam sales and special occasions, but getting this kind of acceptance in sales and so many positive reviews, not just random YouTubers but also on serious game industry publications, it’s something to be proud of.””[O]ne of those projects nobody wanted to touch was a truck driving game that would combine tycoon elements with driving elements. We didn’t even know there were such games in the genre before.” American Truck Simulator is just the latest in a long line of truck sims from the studio, dating back to the early 2000’s and the 18 Wheels of Steel series of PC games it developed for THQ’s budget label ValuSoft. It has since developed more than a dozen different sims, including Euro Truck Simulator, Trucks & Trailers, and Scania Truck Driving Simulator. It’s even dabbled in spin-offs like the self-explanatory Bus Driver and TruckSaver, a truck-themed 3D screensaver. Clearly, this company was created by trucking fanatics who had always dreamed of exploring every facet interactive entertainment through the prism of trucks. Or maybe not.”It was a total fluke,” Sebor said. “Well over a decade ago we used to be a tiny company contracting for publishers in the US, and we took any little project that came our way. We did hunting games that honestly we were not so proud of, but it paid the bills. And one of those projects nobody wanted to touch was a truck driving game that would combine tycoon elements with driving elements. We didn’t even know there were such games in the genre before. We just got the paragraph of text of an assignment and a tiny budget, and we had to run with it.”Nine months of development time later, SCS had finished its first 18 Wheels of Steel game. The budget title did well enough to deserve a budget sequel, which itself justified a follow-up, and so on for the next seven or eight years.”For them, it did good enough to want another sequel the next year, but never good enough to realize there was potential in it,” Sebor said. “They were never willing to invest enough into development of the next sequel for it to make a difference, so we were always working on a shoestring budget just to build something that would be different enough from last year… From my point of view, we were actually lucky to be neglected.””Community for us turned out to be a critical factor, but it’s been a lot of work… It takes time and not just empty marketing language, but really caring and showing things under the hood.” While Sebor characterized that era of working with ValuSoft as a sort of school of hard knocks that taught SCS how to survive, it also prepared them for the road ahead. The development team didn’t really know much about trucking for the first few years they were developing the games, but they’ve gone from never having been in a truck to renting specific rigs to record engine noises of the highest authenticity. Along the way, they even developed an appreciation for the subject matter.”It was an acquired taste,” Sebor said. “Initially it was something most of us were doing as a solution for the survival of the company. But as we kept building, we also hired people who are really into it, who are into vehicles, simulation and driving games, who really understand the serious side of the transportation industry.” It wasn’t just trucks the developers were learning about. In the early years, Sebor said the company was essentially riding on the strength of a passionate community of trucking enthusiasts. The diehards who played the earlier, rougher games SCS put out helped support them long enough for the studio to hone its craft, and in recent years, they’ve been the ones who helped spread the Truck Simulator word out to the masses. “Community for us turned out to be a critical factor, but it’s been a lot of work,” Sebor said. “It’s been 10 years communicating initially with thousands. It’s years of blogging, of updating Facebook and now multiple channels. It takes time and not just empty marketing language, but really caring and showing things under the hood. It takes admitting mistakes and fixing them… We’ve been learning how to communicate; we didn’t have any channel of communication [with the audience] five years ago. Now we have an active blog with 1.3 million page views last month and tens of thousands of people who refresh the page a couple of times a day.””We were always thinking about what kind of ambitious game we can do next, but before we knew it, we had realized that this is a very stable place to be.” Of course, it takes more than blog posts to keep the community engaged, so SCS puts an emphasis on continued support for its games. Its most successful title to date, Euro Truck Simulator 2, came out three years ago, but Sebor said sales picked up in the third year and are gaining pace even now in its fourth year thanks to the regular stream of updates, freebies, new features, and DLC the company has been working on. Genres like truck driving sims aren’t hit-driven, Sebor said, and developers may be better off focused on building an evergreen product with updates to keep the game relevant even four or five years after launch.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The company has been getting better at building both games and community over the years, to the point that what started as a stopgap for SCS has unquestionably became its specialty.”We didn’t initially recognize it,” Sebor said. “We were always thinking, ‘Let’s do the next AAA shooter!’ like everybody who enters this maybe dreams about when they’re young. We were always thinking about what kind of ambitious game we can do next, but before we knew it, we had realized that this is a very stable place to be. This is something we know, and something people like us–love us–for.”For me the breaking point was when my own kids when they were young started experimenting with games. I had my son sitting on my laptop and he couldn’t drive, but he was happy just hitting the spacebar and doing something stupid in the game that felt interesting for him. And I finally realized for myself that people are happy playing our games. Why would I think about changing the genre or chasing an ambitious to do something else? This is just as good a game as any elves versus orcs game can be.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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The Butler University Department of Political Science invitesapplications for a tenure-track assistant professor with expertisein contemporary political theory. The candidate should have astrong commitment to excellent, inclusive undergraduate teachingand an active scholarly agenda. We are particularly interested incandidates whose scholarship and teaching engages critical,transnational, or global political theory beyond the conventionalWestern canon such as indigenous, decolonial,modernity/coloniality, Black, or Latin American political thought,and who can offer one or more courses suitable for Core CurriculumSocial Justice and Diversity designation. The standard teachingload is three courses per semester. The successful candidate willteach political theory courses, will teach a required politicalscience course, and will contribute to the Core Curriculum and tobuilding an inclusive learning environment for an increasinglydiverse student population. The new faculty member could choose toaffiliate with the International Studies; Peace and ConflictStudies; Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and/or Science,Technology, and Environmental Studies interdisciplinaryprograms.Review of applications will begin January 11, but the position willremain open until filled. Applicants should have earned a doctoratein political science or a related field at the time of appointmentbefore August 1, 2021. Applicants should submit the following [email protected] : a cover letter that summarizes theapplicant’s scholarship and their teaching interests and highlightstheir commitment to inclusive, excellent teaching; a curriculumvitae; a publication or other writing sample; a statement ofteaching philosophy; a list of courses taught; a sample syllabus;and a list of 3-5 references. Shortlisted candidates will be askedto provide additional evidence of inclusive teaching excellenceincluding one or more additional syllabi, descriptions of courseactivities or assignments, and student evaluations or teachingobservations; 3 letters of recommendation; and unofficialtranscripts, and may provide additional publications or writingsamples. Final round candidates will be asked to provide officialtranscripts and to consent to background checks. The successfulcandidate will start August 2021, subject to final budgetaryapproval.The Butler Political Science Program, distinctively grounded in afirm commitment to social justice, democracy, and human rights,engages students in the study and practice of politics to promotethe collective good at the local, national, and global level. Theprogram defines politics broadly as the formal and informal wayssocieties govern themselves. The program offers an innovativecurriculum that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries toprovide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursuepositive social change. Political science alumni have pursuedcareers in electoral politics, teaching, law, government,journalism, business, and non-profit organizations, and have earnedgraduate and professional degrees in several fields.Butler University is an equal opportunity employer. We celebratediversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitableenvironment for all employees. We welcome applications from allindividuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race,religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexualorientation, national origin, or any other legally protectedcategory.
Now, thanks to a $400,000 grant from the California Community College s Chancellor s office and cooperation with the American Canyon Fire Protection District, the college will offer paramedic training starting this fall. Click here for more. NAPA, Calif. — Napa Valley College has a long history of providing Health Occupations programs to train nurses, respiratory therapists, psychiatric technicians and EMTs.
The 1-year-old toddler was hospitalized in September after coming down with a dangerous neurological virus.Medical experts had advised her parents to disconnect the child’s life support system after aggressive therapy was used just to keep her alive. Additionally, they were skeptical she would ever walk or speak again.WATCH: Baby Ejected From Car Found in Distant Storm Drain With Only a Scratch Ten days after the doctors made the decision to suspend the life support – and after Marwa’s parents submitted a petition with 70,000 signatures asking them to delay the end of life – Marwa woke up.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This ‘Just In Time’ Story…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome might call it luck, others might call it a miracle – either way, Marwa suddenly woke up just when doctors were going to disconnect her life support.
Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli, known for her annual residence hall sleepovers and appearances at the midnight breakfasts during final exams, announced in an email Aug. 30 she will be further opening her door to students by implementing scheduled office hours throughout the fall semester. These ten-minute, one-on-one meetings with Cervelli will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. An email sent to College community detailed the office hours which the administration hopes that this opportunity will encourage students to speak directly with President Cervelli about issues and concerns.President Cervelli said she decided to host office hours in order to foster dialogue and strengthen relationships with the student body.“We take seriously the idea that this campus community is a family and, in the busy rush of administrative responsibilities and academic schedules, I want to ensure that we make time for that essential part of what makes a family: open communications that lead to trust and understanding,” Cervelli said in an email.The goal of these ten-minute meetings is to increase accessibility to the administration while addressing the issues and concerns of students, Cervelli said.“I like to hear directly from students,” she said. “It’s why I often go to the dining hall at lunch and drop into Angela [Athletic & Wellness Complex] on the weekends. It’s important to stay in touch with what’s on students’ minds. Establishing a regular opportunity to have those conversations will be beneficial in strengthening the lines of communication and will deepen my understandings of the issues that most concern them. Students are at the center of all that we do, and listening to them one-on-one tells me what additional support they need, who they are and what sparks their curiosity.”Sophomore Grace Maher said she heard about the office hours through the campus-wide email, and will be attending an office hour session with other students from the Saint Mary’s gender and women’s studies department.“A small group of gender and women’s studies students have noticed that Saint Mary’s doesn’t have any statement of any kind in their admissions policy regarding transgender students, and while we understand that it’s a controversial issue, especially considering we’re a Catholic college, there are other women’s colleges who at least state a support statement regarding diversity, social justice or supporting students of various backgrounds applying to the colleges,” Maher said.Maher said she feels it is important to talk about these controversial topics in a personal setting to guarantee that the subject is being heard. The conversation, she said, will be extraordinarily helpful in creating further dialogue. “[The office hours are] a good opportunity to encourage one-on-one student-to-president conversation, especially if it’s an issue you feel needs direct attention from the president, rather than going through the various levels of administration,” Maher said. “The ten minutes can allow for a base level, a foundation to be set without needing to feel that we need to come fully prepared with a solution to whatever we’re bringing to President Cervelli.”Maher said she hopes her meeting with President Cervelli will lead to lasting changes on campus. “I hope that out of these conversations, we can start to enact some small changes that students feel personally affect them and affect other people that they know, and that they can really bring some big changes to the college,” Maher said.Senior Regan Hattersley said she received the email containing details on President Cervelli’s office hours in the middle of her class. “I was so excited, I immediately pulled up my calendar and was reading the [office hour] times,” Hattersley said. “That night I sent an email to her office requesting the first slot.”Having signed up for a time during one of her classes, Hattersley said she was intent on meeting with President Cervelli, and arranged with her professor to leave early so she could attend. “I’m personally interested in speaking with President Cervelli about my personal experiences being a student at Saint Mary’s that does not come from a lot of privilege,” Hattersley said. President Cervelli’s “friendly, personable” reputation shows that she is willing to listen to the stories of students, Hattersley said, especially those with stories like hers, something she felt was lacking in other presidents and administration. “I am a first-generation college student, and I have had several small interactions on this campus throughout my three years here … that I think she might be shocked to hear have happened to me,” Hattersley said. ”Like things that faculty and staff have said to me that I feel shouldn’t be the default way to interact with students. I don’t think there’s a lot of understanding on this campus beyond ‘college students are poor.’”Hattersley said she hopes her story as a first-generation college student helps President Cervelli learn more about the experiences of Saint Mary’s students with various backgrounds, and enact progress towards inclusivity and diversity.“I’m not interested in going to her with an agenda — I’m interested in going to her with my story,” Hattersley said. “It seems to me that my experience is not the norm, and I am aware of that. But I also know that I cannot be the only student that has these additional difficulties and challenges placed before them. I know that other students must have similar situations.”Hattersley said she wants President Cervelli to be aware of the things happening on campus even if her meeting does not result in instant change and hopes that students are better accommodated on an individual level. She is especially interested in sharing stories that illustrate several instances of Saint Mary’s staff and students misunderstanding her financial situation, she said.“‘Can’t you just ask your parents to cover it? Can’t you pay them back? Can’t you get a loan or something?’ For someone like me coming from a first generation family, I do appreciate all that my parents do for me, but they don’t have that to give,” Hattersley said. “It can be incredibly demoralizing. When that rhetoric is consistently used … it makes you feel like you’re never doing enough, or that you’re somehow wrong for not having.”Her meeting with President Cervelli will give the president a better understanding of the struggles faced by some Saint Mary’s students, Hattersley said, and hopefully improve the lives of future generations of Belles.“How can [Saint Mary’s] help students like me?” Hattersley said. “How can they prepare students like me? When it comes down to the individual student, what is being done? My story might inform [President Cervelli] in those respects.”Tags: Cervelli meeting, Jan Cervelli, Office Hours, President Cervelli
Notre Dame is a school that prides itself on traditions. While some of these trace their roots back decades, one established in recent years is Flick on the Field. This event, which will take place for the third straight year Friday evening, presents a screening of the film “Rudy” on the Notre Dame Stadium jumbotron on the first Friday night of the new school year.Senior Abby Smith and junior Connor Whittle, Student Government’s co-directors of student life, were in charge of planning the event this year. Smith said the screening presents a good way to experience an old Notre Dame tradition in a novel way.“I would simply describe Flick on the Field as the ability for people to experience a Notre Dame tradition in a new way,” Smith said. “It’s cool to watch ‘Rudy,’ it’s cool to be in the stadium, but to bring those two together is a really unique experience and we’re really excited to be doing that for a third year and really solidifying that tradition.”Planning for the event began in April and May, when Smith and Whittle began conferring with administration officials who had helped with the occasion previously.“We definitely tried to plan it a lot earlier than it had been in years past,” Smith said. “I think we’re in a really good position to make it a really successful event on Friday.”While the event is free, students can only gain access to the field if they have a yellow wristband. Wristbands were distributed Thursday night at the Best of Duncan event in Duncan Student Center and will still be available Friday before the event. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m., but gates open at 7 p.m. with some programming before the film.“Before it starts … we’ll do Punt, Pass and Kick on the field,” Whittle said. “I think RecSports is going to be helping us out with that. We’ll also have a DJ.”In addition to RecSports, Student Government is also working with GreeNDot in preparation for the event. Smith and Whittle said the first 300 attendees through the gates will receive a GreeNDot beach towel.“Something new that we’re doing this year is partnering with GreeNDot a little bit, so helping them spread their awareness to students — especially new students,” Smith said.The beginning of the school year often sees a high rate of safety-related incidents, Whittle added, and the collaboration between Student Government and GreeNDot aims to raise awareness of this issue.“They’re really pushing that the first six weeks on campus are really when incidents have a particularly high occurrence, so we’re really happy to be partnering with GreeNDot to really get the message out there for student safety,” he said.The event also presents an opportunity to unite the Notre Dame and South Bend communities, junior Aaron Benavides, Student Government’s press secretary and director of communications, said.“I think one of the great things is it is an excellent opportunity to welcome the South Bend community onto our campus and have them around,” Benavides said. “But it’s also an excellent time for all members of the Notre Dame community — from first years, to all sorts of undergrads and even graduate students and their families as well — to come together and celebrate the beginning of the year in a unique and special way.”Overall, Whittle said he hopes the event serves to get the community excited for football season.“Nothing could get you more excited than actually being on the field and watching ‘Rudy,’” he said.Tags: Flick on the Field, greeNDot, Rudy, Student government
In addition to Anderson and Iman, Soul Doctor features Jacqueline Antaramian, Dianna Barger, Richard Cerato, Tara Chambers, Maria Conti, Alexandra Frohlinger, Afra Hines, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Jamie Jackson, Ethan Khusidman, Dillon Kondor, Zarah Mahler, Vasthy Mompoint, Ron Orbach, Ian Paget, Heather Parcells, Michael Paternostro, JC Schuster, Eric J. Stockton, Ryan Strand and Teddy Walsh. Directed by Daniel S. Wise, Soul Doctor stars Eric Anderson as rockin’ rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Amber Iman as legendary jazz singer Nina Simone. The musical, featuring songs by Carlebach, lyrics by David Schechter and a book by Daniel S. Wise, tells the story of Carlebach, the father of popular Jewish music and his unlikely friendship with Simone. Soul Doctor opened on Broadway on August 15, following prior runs off-Broadway and in Fort Lauderdale, FL. View Comments Gevalt! The Broadway journey for Shlomo Carlebach is coming to an end. Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi will play its final performance on October 13 at Circle in the Square Theatre. At the time of closing, Soul Doctor will have played 32 previews and 66 regular performances. The Soul Doctor creative team includes scenic designer Neil Patel, costume designer Maggie Morgan, lighting designer Jeff Croiter and sound designer John Shivers and David Patridge. Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock-Star Rabbi Related Shows Eric Anderson Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 13, 2013 Star Files
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic development, announces the expansion of its suite of services for clients from private sector businesses in the early and growth stages of development. Services have expanded to include waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology sectors, in addition to agriculture/food system and forest product sectors.The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund helps Vermont companies create and retain jobs, reach new markets with their products and services, and plan for the future. Business assistance services are tailored to meet individual client needs and provide high-touch coaching and advising for business owners and their management teams to advance profitability, job creation, and sustainable business development.Geoff Robertson of Stowe has been named business assistance director and is responsible for managing VSJF’s business coaching and peer to peer advising services, as well as Accel-VT—a business accelerator for climate economy entrepreneurs. He most recently was the CEO of Empower Mobility and prior positions include CFO at School Spring, LLC, and Entrepreneurial Advisor at Davis & Hodgdon CPAs.Business coaching is available to position Vermont businesses for growth and long-term success from a business coaching team including Chris Bailey, Peter Cole, Carolyn Cooke, Lawrence Miller, John Ryan, and Steve Voight. Peer to peer advising offers growth stage business CEO/founders and their management teams with strategic consultation from experienced business executives and consultants. Both services are available to Vermont-based, value-added food and agricultural, forest related, renewable energy, waste management, and environmental/clean technology enterprises that are supplying products and services to a diverse marketplace.Accel-VT offers business planning, mentorship, and access to capital for startup business committed to climate economy innovation in Vermont. Entrepreneurs are competitively selected to participate in an intensive 12-week business accelerator.“Over the past 14 years, we’ve supported the strategic and growth needs of our private sector clients by tapping the expertise of seasoned entrepreneurial executives and consultants to work intensively for 12 to 18 months and help them advance to the next level of development. Geoff will substantially help us expand our business services into additional sectors, leading to the creation of sustainable jobs that elevate the well-being of Vermonters, our communities, and the environment,” explains Ellen Kahler, executive director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund is a nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the sustainable development of Vermont’s economy. VSJF provides business assistance, network development, strategic planning, and value chain facilitation in agriculture and food system, forest product, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology sectors. The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to partner with state government, private sector businesses, and nonprofits to build a thriving economic, social, and ecological future for Vermont.www.vsjf.org(link is external) ~ Facebook/VermontSustainableJobsFund(link is external)
Sancho Streetside owners Connor Barrier (left) and Ryan MoodySancho Streetside is coming off the street and into a new brick-and-mortar space in downtown Shawnee.Well, not completely off the streets. The catering company will still offer its upscale, wood-fire grilled Latin street eats and fusion of Caribbean flavors, and continue providing food truck services at local markets and for Transport Brewery.But now, after two years in business, co-owners Ryan Moody and Connor Barrier are ready to take the next big step to grow the company.“We have had our product out on the streets for almost two years now, testing it out, running it out of a truck, running it as a catering facility,” Moody said, “and we think it’s good enough product that we want to get it out there on a daily basis.”Sancho Streetside opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant at 11101 Johnson Drive, Suite 110, on the southwest corner of Johnson Drive and Nieman Road. First days of operation were during Old Shawnee Days in June. The space was previously occupied by Sweet T’s, a bakery and barbecue restaurant that closed a few months ago.Barrier said they anticipate offering their new spot as an event space for the local community, such as for Old Shawnee Days.“We’re very happy and fortunate to be a part of a great community that wants to help grow downtown Shawnee,” Barrier said, “so we’re very excited not only with the location but how we’ve been received both through our neighbors as well as our clientele.”In the meantime, the owners are working to make frugal decisions that spur slow and steady growth of their restaurant business. As such, a grand opening for Sancho Streetside has not been set yet because they’re saving up for signage.“We’re trying to grow this company with our income; we don’t to amass a huge amount of debt,” Moody said. “We want to grow as we have enough money and enough people to do it, because we’re firm believers in taking care of the people that help us.”They plan to double the staff to accommodate the new hours in their downtown restaurant, plus they’re still booking up for future catering events, which remain their bread and butter.Restaurant hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
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