I’m Insp. Chin, real name is Chin Soon Sun, fortunate to one of the dotcom era child. Many of you might question of why inspector? To be honest with you, I do not have a clue. It’s just something that came to my head - a short form like Dr., Jr., Lt., then why not an Insp.?
I’m based in UK (was born in Malaysia), working in the video game industry which I never thought it could actually happened in my life. It’s just because when I was small, my parents were really against me playing video games and I’ve failed in almost all subjects in school. But when a kid faced many failures, he would either become better or worse next - and I’m glad that I’ve realized about my failure in time and wanted to make a change for myself, so I attended to the Computer Science course, received the scholarship, made it to UK’s university and now I’m here working at Tecmo Koei. It’s been quite a journey with ups and downs, but always remember that you don’t have to stick with all the bad things that others said to you. If you know it’s a right thing to do, then do it; if you aren’t sure whether you’re doing it right or wrong and can’t find a solution, then you’re allowed to make that mistakes and learn from it - and stay humble!
[L - aged 6, with my sister; R - aged 11, with my nephew]
When I was young, my environment wasn’t that encouraging to actually let me having the “dare” to dream because my parents wanted me to be a better person in their own way (a doctor, a scientist), not my way of being who I wanted to be (a stylist, a designer) - I think the main reason for an Asian family is they want their children to look good among the others so you don’t get looked down. Because of this, I’ve missed a lot of opportunities of what I wanted to do, and I wasn’t from a wealthy family myself, that made me have absolute no guts to dream and continue. But with the first computer I’ve got back in the year of 2000, I spent a lot of my time learning how to make websites by self taught - Internet has become my interest. I still failed in school and most of my relatives weren’t that supportive either because I was poor and useless.
There was full of discouragement going on that I had finally lost my direction of life until when I was 18 and decided to go to the college to learn something that I want, to do something that I’m good at. I’ve put a lot of effort into it and actually achieved something that I would never have the “dare” to dream - to reach to UK. Everything seems to be easier these days but if you think about this 10 years ago, to a poor Asian family, it’s almost unlikely to happen.
[L - aged 16, during my secondary school time; R - aged 19, during my college time]
So, I reached to UK. Everything’s new to me and first thing I needed to learn is my English. Back in my time, our education back there wasn’t that good. We had to speak Malay in schools, and for me I speak Chinese to my family and friends, so there’s zero use on English. So learn to speak English well is my first goal when I reached to this English land. So I studied, and graduated, been through a lot of rejects and downfall, I’ve finally made it to here, started as an assistant, web designer, and now, the community manager.
[L - aged 24, with my Tecmo Koei cosplayers; R - aged 25, with voice actors: Tara Platt, Yuri Lowentha & Kyle Hebert]
Being a community manager, I’ve learned a lot from the people that I’ve known and that’s why I love to stay connected and interact with people, so I can learn from everyone from their different ways of thinking. Not forget to mention, I always make mistakes, but the mistakes made me realize about the chances for a better improvement. Talking about myself, I’d love to make things simple to myself and my friends. I don’t watch many movies, but my interest is actually watching the talkshow from inspired people, by picking up their helpful advice and applying into my life.
[L - aged 25, with the cosplay sensations; R - aged 26, with Tecmo Koei & Team Ninja]
There are a lot of people I’d like to thank in my life. I think without their support and love, things would never be possible. There are more than a hundred individuals I would love to say thanks with (you know who you are) - thanks again for the amazing journey and I can’t wait to see what is next for my life! I think that’s basically what you have to know about the “Inspector” as an introduction. But if you have any question you can always tweet @inspchin - I’m more than welcome to answer and connect with you - or maybe would do another update here when I get enough of content.