MEET #QLOCDRAGONS – Gabriela Malinowska

Meet Gabriela Malinowska, who is our Senior QA Team Leader.

We asked Gabriela some questions about her work at QLOC and more!

Check out her answers below.

 

What’s your job at QLOC?

I am the umbrella that shields my team from the rains of everyday life in gamedev. As a Team Leader, I try my best to make their work as easy as possible, by planning and overseeing daily tasks, making sure all the required hardware is ready and available, and so on. I also maintain daily communication with our clients, prepare test summaries, and cooperate daily with our QA Project and Lab Managers. In short, I work on the frontlines of QA, and make things happen.

 

What do you like most about your job?

It’s definitely the people. QLOC is full of interesting, beautiful and unique human beings. Meeting them, as well as helping them work together, and in effect – grow, is the most satisfying thing, ever. I also love deconstructing things and putting them back together, so discovering how specific games work from the inside out, makes the experience truly amazing.

 

What was the most captivating task you had in QLOC?

Not sure what to pick! I find all of my tasks captivating in their own way. I love learning new things, and I learn something new with every single thing that I do here.

 

How many games have you worked on?

I have worked on 34 titles so far, although I’m actually only listed in the credits of four! 🙂

 

What have you learned from working in QLOC?

How important it is to lock your computer screen, unless you enjoy seeing the 1972 Burt Reynolds’ Cosmo centrefold.

 

What would you advise people who think about working in QLOC?

Just do it. Especially if you ever considered it. I joined QLOC when I was 34 years old, and firmly believe it’s never too late to pursue a new career path, especially if it’s something you always wanted to do.

 

Which game from the ones you’ve worked on is your favorite?

It’s Metro: Exodus, no doubt about it! I’m a huge Metro 2033 franchise nerd, and it was my very first team-leading project! We had an amazing team working on the title, and I instantly fell in love with the game itself. 2,5 years after the release, I’m still excited about it and still go back to it. It’s a perfect synergy of action, adventure, and the Eastern-Slavic flavour of the postapocalypse. All the things that I love dearly.

 

Do you have any special powers?

I’m a TCCC certified medic with some years of field work under my belt. Also, I’m always prepped and carry a pack that has everything in it. If you randomly need a tool of any kind, chances are I have it on me.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy tinkering, mainly with cars and motorcycles. I’m an avid LARPer as well, mostly focusing on Fallout and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. related events. I craft all of my costumes and props, and collect vintage militaria. I also love to ride my bicycles, and enjoy a good ASG game. I cook and garden, and I do some painting as well, but not as much as I used to. If you want to check it out, my art is @ https://bit.ly/2VL5xSc

 

Are you #PCMasterRace or #TeamConsole? 🙂

Team #AscendedMultiplatformRace. I don’t discriminate, and play games on PC, consoles, as well as on mobile platforms.

 

Enter the title of your favorite game, movie/series and book.

My favourite game of all time is Fallout 2, and there’s nothing that can compare – I’ve probably done a full playthrough hundred of times by now. As for movies – Terminator 2 (Director’s Cut) has had a huge impact on my teen self, and I love it dearly. My favourite book? This is a hard one, but I feel like I always gravitate back to “The Road” and “Blood Meridian” by Cormack McCarthy. Also, anything JRR Tolkien wrote, duh.

 

What game would you take with you to a desert island?

None, I’d be too busy constructing an awesome base, and making sure it’s self-sustaining. I’d probably have too much fun being stranded, and away from modern civilisation to think about games!

 

Are there any work-related anecdotes you could tell?

There was that one day, when I saw chickens everywhere I looked…