Tim Gittos

I'm an Australian currently living in Austin, TX in the USA.

I currently earn a living programming, though I wouldn't call myself a programmer. If I had to attach a label to myself, I'd use the term autodidact.

I love learning, and my favorite things to learn about are programming, computer graphics, AI & machine learning, robotics, painting and creativity.

Platforms and Sandboxes

Last updated on 12 Oct 2011

I’m in the middle of reading this HackerNews posting and I’m starting to see some parallels between building a tech business on a platform, and creating a sandbox RPG game1.

Both are based on inverting the work load. Provide a means for other people to do your work for you and they will. The tech business (RPG) will move in a direction your customers (players) want, and you can focus on more important parts of your business (game).


1. For those unfamiliar with sandbox RPG games, the person running the game basically presents a complete world with an overall plot, and lets the characters choose their own actions and interact how they will with this world, as opposed to creating individual, fixed story adventures for their players to run through.