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#1 Sebastian Soeiro   Members   -  Reputation: 104

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 03:25 PM

Hi, let me give you a bit of a backstory on me necessary to complete the question.

I am currently 15 yrs old and going into gr11 next year.

I have two plans. Plan A and Plan B, though Plan B is NOT there for failure, it's kinda like a 50%/50% kind of thing.

Anyway, here are my two life plans.

Plan A:
- Go to college for auto engineering and diesel
- Become something in automotives (I LOVE automotives)
- Get a house and etc.
- Live the usual life everyone else on land lives and work in automotives

Plan B:
- Go to college for diesel mechanics (1 or 2 yr college cert.)
- Spend the summer crewing for live-a-board cruising yachts to gain experience.
- Go to college for some kind of diploma/cert./adv diploma/degree in a vid-game related college course
- Purchase a sailing yacht
- Cruise the world, working from the boat in the gaming industry

Those are my two life plans; which I will go to will depend solely on the summer after my college diesel course. If I like crewing on a sailing yacht, then I'll take B, if not, then A.

Though I still need to know, I have two questions.

What kind of jobs in the gaming industry can I do working solely from home? (or well. Boat.)

What kind of college education will I need to get into it? (How many years of study? What area of study?)

Keep in mind, the job MUST be able to be done solely from home with Wi-Fi.

Thanks for ANY help!

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 03:43 PM

What kind of jobs in the gaming industry can I do working solely from home? (or well. Boat.)

Realistically? It'd be an absolute miracle if you ever found a job in the gaming industry that let you work from home every day. The only way I know of that you can maybe do that is if you work for yourself making indie games (but if you do that, you should plan on being poor).

What kind of college education will I need to get into it? (How many years of study? What area of study?)

A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.
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#3 Sebastian Soeiro   Members   -  Reputation: 104

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 03:54 PM


What kind of jobs in the gaming industry can I do working solely from home? (or well. Boat.)

Realistically? It'd be an absolute miracle if you ever found a job in the gaming industry that let you work from home every day. The only way I know of that you can maybe do that is if you work for yourself making indie games (but if you do that, you should plan on being poor).

I don't really want to get into indie...

What kind of college education will I need to get into it? (How many years of study? What area of study?)

A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.

I don't really have a lot of money. 4 Years would be my limit. Also, I don't need to get into programming, I'd take any job, even if it's just being a Game Master for some MMO, I'm totally fine with that. I don't need wages to be a lot, I just need them to be above minimum (doesn't even need to be a lot above minimum.)



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Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:05 PM

A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.


Did Sebastian say he wanted to be a programmer?

Sebastian, please read this forum's FAQ. Back out to the forum main page, and look for the FAQ link at upper right.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:19 PM


A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.


Did Sebastian say he wanted to be a programmer?

No, and I never said he did. He said he wanted to work "in the gaming industry." There's a lot of things he could do, one of which is being a programmer/software developer, and I can really only comment on being a programmer/software developer, which is what I did. He never mentioned he didn't want to be a programmer, however. If he wants to be/do something else, that's just fine, but I can't comment on those things, so I didn't. I wasn't implying he needed to be a programmer or that that was the only way to work "in the gaming industry."

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#6 Sebastian Soeiro   Members   -  Reputation: 104

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:48 PM


A bachelor's degree (4 years) in computer science is enough to get into the gaming industry as a programmer. Eventually getting a masters (2 more years) wouldn't be a bad idea though.


Did Sebastian say he wanted to be a programmer?

Sebastian, please read this forum's FAQ. Back out to the forum main page, and look for the FAQ link at upper right.


I did read some of them, but I didn't exactly see a "these jobs are most likely to be work-at-home jobs", so I don't know exactly what I'm looking into. That's why I'm asking which jobs would possibly be availible to be work at home. Thanks!

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:23 PM

I did read some of them, but I didn't exactly see a "these jobs are most likely to be work-at-home jobs", so I don't know exactly what I'm looking into. That's why I'm asking which jobs would possibly be availible to be work at home. Thanks!


NONE of them are work-at-home jobs. FAQs 24 and 27 say that, and a couple others do also.
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#8 Sebastian Soeiro   Members   -  Reputation: 104

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:20 PM


I did read some of them, but I didn't exactly see a "these jobs are most likely to be work-at-home jobs", so I don't know exactly what I'm looking into. That's why I'm asking which jobs would possibly be availible to be work at home. Thanks!


NONE of them are work-at-home jobs. FAQs 24 and 27 say that, and a couple others do also.


Even just being a Game Master/Moderator for a MMO? I thought most of the folk who did those jobs were work at homes.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

Even just being a Game Master/Moderator for a MMO? I thought most of the folk who did those jobs were work at homes.


I would like to hear more about that job, how much they're paid, how they found the job, how long they had to do the job without pay, stuff like that. I haven't seen that job listed in the industry salary survey yet...
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:33 PM


Even just being a Game Master/Moderator for a MMO? I thought most of the folk who did those jobs were work at homes.


I would like to hear more about that job, how much they're paid, how they found the job, how long they had to do the job without pay, stuff like that. I haven't seen that job listed in the industry salary survey yet...


It isn't exactly a new job... You apply like you would any other job ; http://www.aeriagames.com/jobs
They basically look over the community of the MMO and help out with any issues... Kind of like a Customer Service and Community Steward...

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:28 AM

It isn't exactly a new job... You apply like you would any other job ;


Yes. I never said it was a new job.
Thanks for the link -- it was interesting to read what that company looks for.
They don't say what the salary is, of course, and it looks like that's a position in which they want the employee sitting at the office, not at home.

That company lists the job as a customer support role. And I was wrong that the job is not mentioned by the 2011 salary survey. It is mentioned (http://www.gamecareerguide.com/features/980/game_developer_salary_survey_2011.php?page=4) but that job's salary is not explicitly given.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:34 AM


It isn't exactly a new job... You apply like you would any other job ;


Yes. I never said it was a new job.
Thanks for the link -- it was interesting to read what that company looks for.
They don't say what the salary is, of course, and it looks like that's a position in which they want the employee sitting at the office, not at home.

That company lists the job as a customer support role. And I was wrong that the job is not mentioned by the 2011 salary survey. It is mentioned (http://www.gamecaree...2011.php?page=4) but that job's salary is not explicitly given.


Aww that sucks.. Looks like I have no choice but indie games.

Say, do you think it will be possible to find a at-home work position, even if it's something like being a GM (Game Master) in a smaller company game? I mean, I hear you talk of wages lots, and I hear lots of other people talk of wages; but in my situation (the boat scenario), I simply could live quite happily at minimum wage (10.25 in my country) given that i can have the flexibility I want. Though, fortunately, I do not think most of the job posiitons are minimum wage; I think they are above, which works in my favour.

I really like the game industry, even though I may be unknowledgeable about the industry, I would really love to get a place in it in my situation; even if the job is just at minimum wage or near that, even if the job requires over 40 hrs a week, and I'll do just about anything in the industry. Is there really no place for me whatsoever?

Recieving a defintive answer could be nice so that I have a clear idea of what my options are, but if there is a place for me somewhere someplace, I'd love to know so that I can cater my education towards that position (should I decide plan B)

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:52 PM

Is there really no place for me whatsoever?
Recieving a defintive answer could be nice so that I have a clear idea of what my options are, but if there is a place for me somewhere someplace, I'd love to know so that I can cater my education towards that position


I thought I'd stated a definitive answer as regards to the work-from-home question.
As for types of jobs, and what education to get, please read the FAQs.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:16 PM

Is there really no place for me whatsoever?
Recieving a defintive answer could be nice so that I have a clear idea of what my options are, but if there is a place for me somewhere someplace, I'd love to know so that I can cater my education towards that position


I thought I'd stated a definitive answer as regards to the work-from-home question.
As for types of jobs, and what education to get, please read the FAQs.


Okay, thank you, good to know, looks like I'll have to look into a different area. Thanks for all the help!




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