Jan. 13, 2022

Decentralized Gaming, IntelliJ, Twitch, and the Shortcomings of Modern VR with Rob Cary

What do web development, Twitch, VR, and blockchain all have in common? More than you might think. After years as a game developer, Ship Shape’s longest-tenured employee Rob Cary was bound to put those unlikely virtual dots together and today he’s here to share a few original insights. 

After meeting Robbie Wagner in an elementary school play as a couple of accountants, their lives continued to overlap. From a choice in college to a knack for web development, making sweet beats, and ultimately, their careers, an intro to Rob may sound identical to an intro to Robbie. But unlike Robbie Wagner, Rob Cary has years of VR experience under his belt. Not to mention, some interesting ideas about the future of our virtual metaverse. 

In this episode, Robbie, Chuck, and Rob discuss the wonders of WebStorm and IntelliJ, what on earth decentralized gaming is, how VR has transformed the gaming world, and the mostly unknown link between Twitch and web development. 

Key Takeaways

  • [00:28] - Introduction to Rob.
  • [01:27] - A whiskey review. 
  • [06:57] - Rob, Robbie, or both? 
  • [13:05] - Rob’s technical background and the state of decentralized gaming.
  • [16:12] - A game of Stumped.
  • [24:50] - What Rob likes about WebStorm and IntelliJ.
  • [30:16] - A conversation about the VR universe, how it’s transformed, and where we’re headed.  
  • [39:10] - Why NFTs are everywhere. 
  • [43:20] - Rob’s hobbies outside of gaming and websites. 


[26:35] - “VS Code is one of the few examples I’ve seen of an IDE that’s really universally been adopted really quickly.” ~ @r0bc4ry

[34:50] - “Some of the things you can do on VR, you could just never do in a traditional game. The technology has a ton of promise, there are just fundamental issues that still are being worked on that I think need to be fixed.” ~ @r0bc4ry


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