Hi, my name is Chris Kugler, and I’m a programmer living in Aliso Viejo, Ca. I’ve been writing software professionally for a little over 10 years for a variety of industries. A large portion of my time has been spent in the mortgage industry, but my chief passion in technology has been video games. When I was a small child, video games were something that got me interested in technology and started me on the path that I’ve turned into a successful career. Now that the independent game development scene has taken off I’ve decided to follow my passion and try to make it on my own. This website will largely be a place for sharing my work, ideas, and opinions in regards to not just game development, but software development and technology in general. In addition to software development I’m also interested in VR/AR technologies, advances in social media, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
I started my professional career while I was still in college working on my BS. I joined Celare software, a startup based in Irvine, Ca that was working on the first 3D online poker game. This was during a time when online gambling was still legal and extremely profitable for the companies running such games. I wrote the desktop client software for the game using C++ and DirectX 9. Around the same time we were readying the launch of the real money version of the game to the public the online gambling laws took effect, and without an existing customer base the company went under.
It was at this point I took up working in the mortgage industry at LendingTree Loans. This was my first foray into C# and the .NET platform, both of which were easy enough to pick up and work with after doing C++ for years at that point. I spent about a year there, and left after the housing market crash in 2007-2008 and the company was planning on entering a maintenance mode on its technology.
I worked at Comarco Wireless Test Solutions from 2008 – 2010 building software to analyze cellular call and data networks. The software I worked on there was used by Verizon and AT&T during a time they were competing heavily to have the best network, specifically for data usage since smart phones were quickly increasing in popularity.
In 2010 an opportunity came to return to my previous employer, LendingTree Loans (which would later become Discover Home Loans), and work on rewriting the companies Loan Origination System (LOS) from the ground up using the latest technologies and with freedom from business requirements. We were encouraged to learn as much about the business and industry as we could and to spend a frequent amount of time learning about our users and understanding the problems they had and coming up with software solutions to make their lives easier. At the time this was a way of doing things I hadn’t come across. The idea of software developers designing and proposing how software should work is a natural way of doing things, yet in larger corporations the status quo is for people that don’t really understand how software works to determine the best software solution for the users and pass this design down in the form of business requirements. During the 5 years I spent there I learned a great deal about people and how they interact with the technology around them and helped build something great.
If you’d like to know more about my professional background my resume is available on this site.
I’m taking a hiatus from employment to focus on my independent software projects as well as build my personal branding through this blog, other social media, and YouTube content. I’m unsure what kind of work I’d like to do in the future, but VR is something I’m very interested in. For the foreseeable future I’ll be continuing to make mobile games in parallel with larger PC and Console titles.
Where you can find me
I don’t allow comments on this blog, because it’s wordpress and hacking/spam is a thing, but please feel free to reach out to me at any of the following:
@ChrisKugler on twitter