Meet one of the founders, Michaël 😊
What is your &ranj history?
Together with my good friend, Marcus, I started &ranj a long time ago. I know Marcus more or less my whole live. Same high school, same art academy. Our professional life begun with a company called Hootchie Cootchie Cartoons. We created an animation series for a Dutch broadcaster. All production was done on the legendary Commodore Amiga game computers. We’re talking early 90’s. We were one of the first doing digital animation. This led to all kinds of commissions for other digital projects. Finally, in 1999, we decided that we would like to focus on making games, serious games. &ranj was born. Over the years it grew into quite a company.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the fact that we were one of the first companies worldwide to see the potential of games for learning and behavioral change. We paved the road. We had to invent the way serious games were made and we became really good at it. But I am even more proud of the impact we are making with our games. We help to educate children in war regions. We help traumatized people to regain control over their live. We make the work people do, more fun. That is quite unique and fulfilling.
What is your favorite part of the day?
I do not have specific favorite parts of the day. I love it when something works out fine. I hate it when I can’t make it happen. Our parties are good fun. &ranj consists of a group of enthusiastic and intrinsically motivated people. People with passion. And celebrating with these people is a lot of fun.🎉
مرور میکنم آرزوهایم ، بی قراری هایم ، دلتنگی ام را
هستم؛ اما نمی دانم این بودنم زندگی ست یــــا
مرور الفبای روز مردگی !!
چندین سال است خودم را رها کرده ام
سبک شده ام؛ اما نه از غم، از ... در هیاهوی رویاها گم شده ام...
نمی دانم حقیقت کدام است من یا رویا
فقط می گردم... تمام خودم را مرور می کنم... نشان من فقط تصویری است سیاه و سفید
رها نمی شوم از زنجیر جبر ، از ... سالهاست ورق میزنم روزهایم را و لمس می کنم
اضطراب گذر ثانیه ها را... نقطه می گذارم آخر سطر و باز حرکت از نو ... گویی تمام خط های زندگیم در تسلسل گرفتار شده اند
و در طلب نقطه پایان می سوزند... روزگارم نمکدانی شده که لحظه لحظه، مشت مشت « نمک بر زخمم میپاشد »
و دلتنگی را با دلشوره می آمیزد... دیر زمانیست میان ماندن و رفتن گرفتارم
دیر زمانیست من و تنهایی همبستر شده ایم و
حاصل این رابطه نامشروع « انتظار وهراس »
دیر زمانیست به سکوتم کشانده اند واژه ها .. وقتی عاجز از بیان درد هستند
Meet one of our game design interns, Loïc 😊
What is your &ranj history?
I come from a French game development school (Supinfogame RUBIKA) 🇫🇷 and earlier this year, I was looking for a 4-month internship. I didn’t want to stay in France, so I started looking for game studios in Europe. I already knew a little bit about &ranj, and when looking for more information, I really loved how professional the company seemed. It was also an opportunity for me to learn more about serious games and their development. After a (successful) interview, I arrived at the beginning of June and started working on projects right away!
What are you passionate about in your work?
Every day is different! I’m working on several interesting projects, in different teams, and with many people from whom I have a lot to learn. I like what I’m doing every day. Also, and thanks to some very good processes, we can work without stress and with a good workflow during the production.
What are you most proud of at working for &ranj?
I am proud to be part of a group of talented people, who keep learning and sharing, and have high ambitions. Everyone plays a part in the company culture, and being here feels like being part of a family.