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23rd April, 2010 at 08:16:25 -

I've been developing video games in MMF for several years now, and I really enjoy it. But oddly enough, I've never considered getting a job in the game development industry.

This is because all the games I play are produced by Japanese companies--Square-Enix RPGs, Nintendo games, Treasure action games, etc.; and articles I read about the game development industry always seem to be centered around mainstream M-rated American FPS games and the like. So I imagine that, if I were to get a job in the American game industry, I wouldn't be able to make the kinds of games that I like.

Is this a misconception? Because to be totally honest, I practically know nothing about the American gaming market. I've always assumed that this is the way things are, and as a result, I've never looked into game development careers very seriously, always looking more into animation careers.


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23rd April, 2010 at 10:36:35 -

Well I personally think that if you were get hired by any video game company it would be more of a 'draw what we tell you do draw' then a 'draw whatever you feel like'. I think that is the key differance between working for company and being being an indie developer.

Although on the other hand, it's not impossible to find a company that has an record of of making games you'd be interested in working on. In fact I remember there was an American made DS game that was said to have a 'Chrono Trigger vibe' to it. However the final product was a joke; had a ton of bugs, poor gameplay, and suspected of using ripped artwork.

The bottom line is, if you have the talent, I'm sure you can get a job in gaming. However, just keep in mind you might not have a lot (or any) creative control of your artwork. Also, research a company before considering applying for a job with them.

 
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23rd April, 2010 at 13:11:21 -

Yeah, research a company. Not all American companies make M-Rated games, but they do have different approaches to games.

But sometimes, having experience in a game company really helps you when you apply for another company. It's very unlikely that you'll get a job with Square-Enix or Nintendo right of the bat. But being in any game company and showing that you have professional experience really helps when you want to apply for one.

Also, I wouldn't suggest a job in the games industry. It's an overall bad job with bad employers, and there's plenty of employers who are as heartless as drug dealers. It's quite depressing and kills a lot of passion. If you want a fun job, I think an animation career would be better. But if you really don't mind all that, there's nothing wrong in trying. There's a lot of demand for talented people.

 
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23rd April, 2010 at 13:22:12 -


Originally Posted by Muz

Also, I wouldn't suggest a job in the games industry. It's an overall bad job with bad employers, and there's plenty of employers who are as heartless as drug dealers. It's quite depressing and kills a lot of passion. If you want a fun job, I think an animation career would be better. But if you really don't mind all that, there's nothing wrong in trying. There's a lot of demand for talented people.



Bobby Kotick for instance: ""the goal that I had [at Activision]...about 10 years ago was to take all the fun out of making video games."

"The head of Activision Blizzard--one of, if not the, largest game publishers, known for such hits as Guitar Hero, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft--noted that the company's incentive program "really rewards profit and nothing else," adding that "skepticism, pessimism, and fear" are used to keep employees "focused on the deep depression.""

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/60451

 
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NMasutaa



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23rd April, 2010 at 20:15:42 -

O_O ok wow that sounds... worse beyond what I could've imagined...

But yeah, I was thinking that if I did go into game development and wanted any kind of creative control over what I was making, I'd probably be best off becoming an indie developer.

How does indie development work though? Are there any professional sites where I can find out more about it? And is it something you can actually support yourself with financially, or something you have to do on the side?

 
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23rd April, 2010 at 22:41:44 -

I gather if you worked for a smaller company the ethics would be different from what they have at Activision / Blizzard but yeah. That's what you could potentially be heading into.

http://www.create-games.com/article.asp?id=2167 from Muz himself (so he doesn't have to plug himself haha)

http://www.create-games.com/article.asp?id=2172 is also a very good article on XNA which is useful full development with the xbox.

http://www.tigsource.com/ is a large indie based community and I've seen one of the games from a competition there with half a page in PCZONE about it.

I've not really researched this so I'm sure someone else will able to expand on / tell me I'm wrong about this

 
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24th April, 2010 at 05:01:31 -

I have more have a Japanese taste too. I don't think I like any of the Australian games companies though, they all make contract games like Barbie/shrek/movie games or other such crap. Which is why I left my games course cause it was taking me places I didn't want to go.

 
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4th May, 2010 at 01:52:43 -

Why not just move to Japan. They might hire you, unless they're racist then they won't. If you can't get a job in Japan become an Indie Game Developer.

 
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4th May, 2010 at 04:52:35 -

Lol, I don't think that's likely, unless you have a reputation, or at least some experience. They could hire you and fork out extra money for you to get a working visa, and hoping you're not an illegal immigrant, or they could hire an equally good Japanese guy. Now if you worked with some American companies for a few years, you'd have a few years of experience and could actually get a job with a foreign company

 
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