Hi, I’m Desmond. I’m an Independent Video Game Designer and photographer currently residing in Malaysia.
I’m born & raised in Malaysia, I spent most of my lifetime living here in Malaysia but I have also been living in other countries like Singapore & Australia for the past few years. I completed an undergraduate Business Management Degree from University of Tasmania (Australia), with a double major in Marketing and Human Resource Management.
I used to work in the commercial recruitment industry as a Professional Recruitment Consultant. It was an interesting job as it gave me the opportunity to meet with folks from all kinds of backgrounds where I spent a lot of time listening to people talking about their working experiences and helped sourced job-seeking candidates for various corporate companies in different industries.
Independent Video Game Designer
While my work as a recruitment consultant was interesting, I felt that it wasn’t something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So now I’m involving myself with something that I’m really interested in – and that’s about making games.
I think I was 4 or 5 years old when I started playing video games on Sega’s 16-bit MegaDrive and was fascinated by the good ol’ retro games. Back then, even a simple button press on the game controller, blasting away an enemy grunt, made me felt really good and those early gaming experiences gave me the inspirations to make my own games (though for a lot of reasons I only started making games after I graduated from University).
So I started developing smaller commercial games for the mobile platforms a few years ago and recently I have been investing games on Kickstarter and collaborating with other video game developers on a number of video games for other gaming platforms. Here is a list of games which I’m involved with:
When I’m not working, I like to photograph things on the streets and when I travel I try to take as much photos as possible to keep track of the things that I do & places which I have visited. You can check out the photos from my trips to Japan, Singapore & London at my TRAVEL posts category.
Other than that, I have been attending various ACG (Anime,Comic,Games) events over the years. You can check out my event coverage photos from the ACG Events posts category.
My current photography gear list:
- Sony A7II with Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens (My favorite setup for street photography)
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II (Great for travel photography)
- Nikon D3300 with Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G lens
I like to spend my free time to blog & share my passions and interests with others, which include Japanese culture, games, traveling and anime-related topics. I remember that I used to blog a lot on Gundam (a Japanese mecha anime series) before I went into video game development – I can write up to 3-5 blog posts per day back then ^^;
These days my work involves game development so I’m required to keep in the loop by spending time playing video games & studying aspects of game design/development. Because of that I haven’t been really been blogging much lately – will try my best to find more time to write more ^^;
Mascot Character Development – Yuuna Tsukikawa
Most of you should have noticed that I do have a mascot character for my site and her name is Yuuna Tsukikawa. I’ve created her because I love 2D girls and doing the blogging here alone can make me feel lonely sometimes ^^; At the moment, she does nothing more than being the mascot of my site but I do have plans to put her into video games.
If you have any questions then send your emails to me at: desmond(at)desmondchieng(dot)com. I’ll try my best to reply all emails ^^;
Other than that, feel free to connect with me on the following social networking sites: