From Reality to Dream How Becoming a Game Programmer Saved My Life!
The Path Less Travelled 30 years in Information Technology Computer Operator Programmer Techncial Writer Data Security Disaster Recovery Independent Consultant Game Programmer Studio Director
How I Became a Geek Taught myself BASIC in high school On the job learning Computer Science Degree Played games!
So you want to be a rock star?Saying you want to be agame developer is kind oflike saying you want to bea rock star—only the bestwill succeed andeveryone asks what youdo for your ―real‖ job.
Revelation In 2004 I went to E3 ―The Disneyland of Gaming!‖ It was a religious moment
Learning the Ropes Read, read, read - every game development related book I could get my hands on. Internet sites: Gamasutra.com Gamedev.net Gamespot.com, etc. Wrote lots of game programs on my own.
Preparing for a JobNetworking Resume Portfolio WebSite
Getting My First Job Initial phone call – 1 hour Formal phone interview – 2 hours Game programming test – 2 days Face-to-Face Interview – 8 hours Waiting – 2 weeks
My Solution After 2 jobs and 2 Layoffs I started my own studio We do contract work and work on our own games Past clients have included MTV/Nickelodeon Games, Microsoft DreamQuest, 21-6 Big and small
A Day in My Life Task HoursReviewing and responding to 100+ emails 3 hoursSearching various forums for contracts 2 hoursWriting Proposals 2 hoursMeeting with clients and potential clients 3 hoursOngoing Learning 2 hoursCoding 4 hoursMiscellaneous 2 hours
Our Current Game http://MarsCorp.net Facebook: MarsCorp.Net Twitter: @Mars_Corp
Where Do You Fit in? Producer Programmer Artist Designer Quality Assurance Audio Marketing Management
Living the Dream! http://SynapticSwitch.com Facebook: SynapticSwitch Twitter: @SynapticSwitch