A fireside chat with Jari Räisänen – Technical Director
Q: What do you do at Dodreams?
A: As technical director and part of the company management team, I’m responsible for technical decision making, including choice of tools, as well as recruiting for tech positions. Quite frequently I also participate in the developing of new features alongside the other coders.
Q: What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on?
A: I’ve worked on several cool projects, but Drive Ahead! has to be the coolest one. I’ve been a part of that journey from day one, and four years later it’s still getting more and more interesting every day.
Q: What’s it like working at Dodreams?
A: We have small teams with lots of freedom and responsibility, so the work is always both challenging and rewarding.
Q: What games meant the most to you growing up?
A: There are quite a few games I remember playing a lot as a kid. Games like Mickeymania (Sega Mega Drive), Age of Empires II (PC), Settlers III (PC), Railroad Tycoon II (PC) and Super Monaco GP (Sega Mega Drive) really stand out though.
Q: What has been the most memorable moment for you at Dodreams?
A: The most memorable moment was right after releasing Drive Ahead! and immediately seeing it shoot up the download charts. It really changed everything.
Q: Which is your favorite Drive Ahead! vehicle and why?
A: The Baby Carriage. Looks innocent but packs enormous power.