Meet the Team Monday

Dan Schumacher, Software Developer

This week I got to interview our talented software developer, Dan Schumacher!

Question #1) What do you do at Petricore?

I’m a software developer, I program interactives and some gameplay design and programming on our own projects.

Question #2) Where are you from, and where do you go to school?

I’m from Central Illinois, I went to school at the University of Illinois where I studied Sport and Recreation Management. 

Question #3) What do you like to do outside work?

Outside of work I enjoy sports such as soccer and basketball, and video games. I enjoy designing my own video games that involve my interest in sports but with rules/gameplay that can’t be replicated in real life.

Question #4) You’re at an amusement park, what’s the first ride you’re going to go on and why?

The first destination in the park

The first ride I’d go on is the ferris wheel so that I can get a good view of the park and scope out some of the other destinations in the park.

Question #5) If you didn’t work in games or any kind of software anymore, what would you do instead?

I would want to work at a parks department, because having a job where I can spend time outdoors and in wildlife would be fun. I enjoy hiking, and that would be a nice fit.

Question #6) What’s a hidden talent or hobby you have that people might not know about?

I’m a three-time intramural dodgeball champion at the University of Illinois, so I’m an expert dodgeball player.

Dan didn’t say it, but we’re pretty sure his victories were the inspiration for the movie Dodgeball

Question #7) Favorite movie, music, and dessert?

Deus Ex Machina, Kyle, Turtle Tracks Ice Cream

Question #8) What are some of your favorite games?

My favorite game is Rocket League, I could play that forever. Also Halo 3, XCOM, and Civilization.

Question #9) What made you want to become a game developer?

I’ve always enjoyed playing video games after both of my older siblings introduced me to them, and it’s been a nice way for me to connect with them and my friends. I always enjoyed making up games for my friends to play on the playground. Going to school for Sport and Recreation Management, I learned a lot about the value of play, and how much you can learn from it. I like to take those concepts into game design and teach someone something new through games.

Question #10) Where’s your go-to lunch location?

My kitchen.

Dan and his dogs

Question #11) Tell us about your pets.

So right now all my pets are my nephews, because they belong to my sister. There’s Sunny who always needs attention. There’s Brother – who is basically a cat, but he’s a dog – he likes to hunt mice. I have 5 chickens who all lay eggs. We have Clover the cat, who we suspect is probably a demon. We also have a guinea pig named Frank, he serves as a nice alarm clock whenever it’s breakfast or dinner time. My sister fosters a lot of dogs, so I get all the benefits of foster dogs, without any of the work.

Question #12) If you had to live in the world of one TV show or book series, which one?

I would enjoy living in the Good Place, but that would mean I have to die first – so that wouldn’t be ideal.