Video games and music have always been my passions
Can you explain why your nickname at Panache is DanDan?
When I joined Panache, they’re was already a guy named Daniel who the team called Dan. So they couldn’t call me Dan as it would’ve been confusing. And as I am Dan St-Jean from St-Jean, Patrice decided I’d be DanDan. As simple as that.
Why the gaming industry? Tell us about the path that brought you here.
Video games and music have always been my passions but I had never imagined a career in either field. I had always seen them as pure entertainment, not as a possible job.
However, after many years working as a mechanic welder my friend Patrick Lavoie told me about a program in digital music at Montreal University and this is when I decided to gather all my savings to go to university in that field and later launch GeekSound Factory with my friend. And then, it’s while working as sound designer and audio programmer that I developed an interest for computer science and programming. So I went on to study programming and that’s when I saw the job posting at Panache shared by our programmer Louis Gendron. And here I am!
What is your role at Panache?
My primary role is quality assurance specialist, meaning I ensure that all new elements that are put in the game are in line with the design direction and that they enhance the quality of the game in terms of stability and playability.
I also play a second role: IT support for the studio.
Do you think that your previous experiences are an asset?
Definitely! The fact that I’ve worked in different fields makes me appreciate even more what I do now. Also, it is through these various experiences and memorable encounters that I ended up in the gaming industry.
What is your biggest challenge in your job?
Implementing new tools on the server. Each tool has its own characteristics and configurations which means I need to have a good understanding of the software and its environment.
What is it about video games that you like?
Video games are impressive immersive works of art: we can create an entire world with which we can interact.
What are your favorite games of all time?
Final Fantasy X
Mass Effect Trilogy
The Witcher 3
Other than video games, what are your interests?
Music of course! Discovering new artists and going to concerts. I also like reading about computer science and programming. I like series such as Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot, Silicon Valley, just to name a few. And once in a while I like to do some handy work (mechanics, electronics, etc.).
And now, loose questions:
A real Lac Saint-Jean tourtière (meat pie)
Favorite places in Montreal?
Mount Royal and Lafontaine Park when the weather is nice. In the evening, I really like going to Arcade Mtl for some fun.
Black and strong
Your favorite time of the week at the office?
The absurd or bizarre conversations our programmer Marc-André Jolin engages at lunch time.
Who had the most influence on you professionally?
My good friend Patrick Lavoie with whom I had started GeekSound. It is in great part thanks to him that I decided to go to university and ended up working in video games.
The best tip you were ever given?
Stay true to yourself.