Game Programmers’ “Ode to Joy”, without Luxurious Housing or Clothing
Breaking through all the negative energy, Du Yuxin and his Perfect World Engine Team have brought us an Ode to Joy.
In the game industry which the media still spoke ill of a decade ago, a game engine team that was behind the scenes for many years, for 3 consecutive years has been awarded the titles of “Beijing Worker Pioneer” by Beijing Federation of Trade Unions, “Beijing Model Group” by Beijing municipal CPC committee and government, and “National Worker Pioneer” by All-China Federation of Trade Unions. You may be wondering what Du Yuxin and his Perfect World engine team excels in.
2004 was marked as the year in which Perfect World was established, though Du had formed ties to it much earlier. Being a shy, introverted but determined young man, Du found a reliable job at Perfect World after graduation and worked there for over ten years.
He made a few close friends, got married and had children, growing up together with Perfect World.
On April 29th, 2016, the Celebration Conference of May 1st International Labor Day and National Award Ceremony of May 1st Labor Prize was hosted in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. This is the supreme honor for workers and a rarely experienced big occasion for Du. After receiving the invitation to attend this ceremony and participate in
China’s Central TV Station’s special program recording for the celebration of May 1st International Labor Day, themed “Chinese Dream · Labor Beauty” program, Du rushed home to look for a suit, but ended up wearing clothes borrowed from others. You see, such a typical cute IT guy he is.
His overcautious behavior could not cover up the sense of excitement in his eyes. To Du, that kind of occasion and ceremony was strange, but solemn. Its significance was far from sharing a few updates in WeChat Moments or taking home a certificate only to leave it on a high shelf. No. It told Du and his Perfect World Engine Team in a determined voice that:What you are doing is worthy and honorable.
Before the ceremony, what they were doing raised doubts from some people. Gamers usually compare game engine to a vehicle engine, and a game product to a finished car. Compared to other working procedures, the research and development (R&D) of the engine is the priority of priorities. But as is known to all, this is an arduous but fruitless task. Controlled by the market, the R&D cycle of game products has continuously been cut down, while the game engine undoubtedly demands more technologies based on its mature framework. This implies a long, endless cycle of high input but poor cashability. The paradox of the entire game industry is “hurry up, earn more, slow down, and intensive and meticulous cultivation”. An engine team of any game company is not able to break through this paradox on its own. The only thing they can do is to constantly challenge it and become stronger.
As the first team in China to be engaged in the R&D of 3D game engines, Perfect World Engine Center has created the engine of Angelica, which has become the representative piece of work that has proprietary intellectual property right and the criteria of which has achieved world-class. This engine was so named after the whole team looked up in the dictionary. Angelica are just like their child. For this decade, it has been launched on several platforms including PC, iOS and Android, and has supported various backbone game products from Perfect World, such as Perfect World, My Own Swordsman, Zhu Xian and Swordsman Online, etc.
Now, with the engine having been produced, they also came to realize that they were not only able to produce “cars”, but may even able to produce “airplanes” and “aircraft carriers”. Du and his team have accepted a new historical mission, namely the application of the engine to TV animation production, following the transformation of the company’s strategy to “the dual engine of TV and game”. They are challenging the high efficiency and high quality of animation production technologies, which is hugely different from the game
engines they were skilled at. “Doesn’t this mean starting new business? Do you feel high pressure?” They do face some pressure, but the company supports them with a favorable environment. What they need to do is accumulate and persevere, which have always been the fine tradition of Perfect World’s engine center and its cultural heritage.
Three people made up the team of Perfect World Engine Center at its earliest stage. Along with the development and transformation of Perfect World, it has come to possess a type of imposing manner. It is now a small but high-quality team, with less than 30 people, who rely on working efficiently. After several rounds of personnel changes, the team has cultivated many talented professionals for the game industry. Those who stay in the company say that it is because of their dreams and interests.
You will probably agree that people of Du’s age, who can still talk about dreams, must truly have dreams. Those who can take their interest as their job for ten years and still find it interesting must be working at Perfect World.
Perfect World is remembered by many people because it is a kind company that has, for many years, done much good in a low-key manner, and provided enviable benefits for its employees. Employees do not have much concept about grade structure. The aspiration of the chairman of the board is that all employees would be able to afford a house and car, and take good care of their parents. Like Du, many employees regard the company as their home. Therefore, it is natural that employees work hard for their home and achieve their own values. Kind-hearted people are always happy. The stereotype of the tech geek has been broken. In Du’s team, there are talkative and humorous members, who are crazy about archery and ball games. They have actively taken part in cultural activities organized by the company. There are ones who broke their fingers when playing basketball but continued to work after bandaging their fingers, and never forgot to make a joke out of his situation while managing his own tasks.
Do you still want to find the source of their happiness? You can find the answer in their craftsmanship. The engine supported by framework and technology is the final artwork after all their devotion and hard work. The devotion to work by an engine craftsman is like an artist’s creation of music, architecture and paintings. During the technical work of repeated refinement and meticulous precision, they can experience the beauty of logic, the wonder of machine language, and the realization of creative thinking that cannot be experienced by ordinary people. They are not different from musicians, architects, or painters at all in this regard. Without fashionable clothing, fine wine or fancy cars, and separated from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, the life of Du and his team cannot be made into a beautiful TV drama. Yet, it can be regarded as a pure and happy symphony of perfection. Their ode to joy is going on.