A common piece of advice people give me to get a job at an established studio is to network. I never want to feel like "that guy" who runs around and sucks up to people only to give them his business card. I have a few questions that I think could help many others:
How do you network? Is is wrong to just talk to random people and say "what do you do"? How exactly does one meet friends in the industry?
Obviously GDC and E3 are the two giant gatherings. What are other events, meetups or even websites people can visit to network?
At a GDC or E3, what type of networking is most effective? Who should we talk to? Should we hang out in the career section or traverse the floors?
Any other advice would be helpful. I'm not coming from an "advance my career" standpoint, I would like to make industry friends to chat with/bounce ideas off of/see what's happening on the other side of the fence. Thanks!