So you want to break into the video game industry (you want a game biz job). First, you have to know which type of job you want -- if you don't know which you want, you need to read about the game industry and the types of jobs in it. Then you might need to make a decision. Third, you need to be qualified for the job. Fourth, you need to know how to find information and how to ask good questions (you need to not ask bad questions). Finally, we have tips for getting the job.
I am a senior in high school attempting to get some insight into the working environment of the Game Developer. I have a few questions in particular that would be of much use to me. If you are able to answer at least eight of the following, I would be greatly appreciative:
1. Describe a typical day on the job.
2. Why did you choose this job?
3. What type of people are suitable for this job?
4. How long did you go to school to do this? What education is required?
5. Are you satisfied with your salary?
6. Is there anything in particular that you do not enjoy about your job?
7. What are some of the benefits of your job?
8. What kind of hours do you normally work?
9. Is your job stressful? If so, how do you react to this stress?
10. What is the MOST stressful about your job?
11. What advice would you give to those hoping to what you do?
1-2. Read FAQ 37. 3. It depends which job. Read FAQ 7. 4A. Four years of college/university. Then however long it takes to make a portfolio and get hired. Read the FAQs (go back out to the Breaking In forum, and look in Getting Started, upper right). 4B. It depends which job. Read the FAQs (go back out to the Breaking In forum, and look in Getting Started, upper right). 5-11. Read FAQ 37.
-- Tom Sloper Sloperama Productions Making games fun and getting them done. www.sloperama.com
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