[refrag] is a personal portfolio, blog and web playground for Kayla Kinnunen. Born in Thunder Bay Ontario, Kayla is currently living in Vancouver BC.
Since firing up Super Mario Bros. on the NES I always knew video games would be an important part of my life. I work at Roadhouse Interactive as a Game Director. Prior to this I was at Electronic Arts Canada for just over 10 years. I participate in the local indie-scene at meet-ups and game jams, have given talks at conferences and lectures at schools, and I mentor game design students.
- Games can change the world and we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of what games can be.
- Everyone has the right to express themselves creatively and should have the opportunity to use games for this expression. Game development barriers need to be lowered.
- Technology (and games as an extension of technology) should serve to enhance our humanity and bring us closer together.
Other things I try to live by:
- Never coast. In roller-derby the best advice I ever got was to always be actively speeding up or slowing down. Coasting makes you less agile and less effective and it makes you a big target. A favourite boss of mine also said “The worst thing a leader can do on a project is to just be present. It’s too easy to not have an impact.” which is kind of the same thing.
- Focus on Focus. There’s a lot of noise and it takes effort to cut through and spend brain-cycles on the 1 thing that is most important at any time.
- Be excited! There’s too much cynicism in the world. Excitement is contagious and holy cow are there a lot of things in the world to get excited about.
I like video games, coffee, wine, running, roller derby, gadgets, Apple products, music and movies so expect my content to reflect these interests.