Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:06 AM
Got family you want to spend time with? Don't bother.
I did it when I was young and kidless and the poor management, poor pay, poor hours of an entry level position were offset by my youthful exuberance to be working on games. That was a long time ago, and things may have changed massively since; but now, that my priority are my wife and kid, the last place Id want to be is back in the game industry, especially at the entry level where you are so incredibly disposable because of the legions of people lining up to take your "dream job"
There are a few shops I hear of that are 9 to 5 and well enough managed to have little crunch, but these are very much the exception to the rule.
WIth the rise of so many indie opportunities, I would recommend pursuing your dream that way.
Just want to be clear, I am not discouraging you from bettering yourself because of your stage in life. Getting a degree, changing careers, find a position that makes you happier, these are all noble goals. I am just trying to discourage you from picking the game industry in general. Or at least, look before you leap. Try to interview some (older) employees at game companies and think to yourself if the lifestyle they describe is really compatible with having a family.