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Old 04-13-2008, 01:46 AM   #1
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Unhappy Gaming Industry?

Why do so many people consider this career in this field as a lazy, low class, wasteful field. If you tell someone they would think you're a lazy person who is making hardly any money.

with lazy- unhealthy, wasteful, fat, geeky, and a bit weird

Just curious
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Old 04-13-2008, 03:30 AM   #2
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It is a new industry and not as commonly understood on what people do in that industry compared to others.

Also games have the misconception that they are toys and are for kids so people don't think you have grown up at all.

In short, it is just a stereotype.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:11 AM   #3
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Also If you say you make games most people have no idea what goes into it. They think of Grandma's boy where they are testers and they just play a game all the time. People think games are made by magic or something and we just play them before we sell them.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:58 AM   #4
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It's an esoteric subject really. Almost everyone hears a job title and forms in their brain a basic intangible layout of what that job must entail but really only the person within that field knows all the actual duties necessary. It's a form of mental association that helps the brain filter only what it feels it needs to know to carry on in the conversation at hand. In short, if someone knows nothing of a subject you're speaking on they'll make small associated assumptions in order to carry on the conversation and assumptions are rarely ever accurate or kind.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:17 PM   #5
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I think it's more of a reflection of what most people who claim they want to work in the games industry are like.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:09 PM   #6
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I think it's more of a reflection of what most people who claim they want to work in the games industry are like.
I would have to agree. Many people who want into the games industry can be summed up by "I watch anime for ten hours a day and play games the rest". However a good majority of the people I know who want into the games industry want the industry to come to them, not go to where the jobs are. That's a bit of trouble there.

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Old 04-17-2008, 02:58 PM   #7
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I think it's more of a reflection of what most people who claim they want to work in the games industry are like.
Doesn't that statement make you one of those people continuing the perception that anyone pursuing a career in Game Design must be like? Categorization has never been correct nor will it ever be. Game Designers will be many things and that diversity will keep the field interesting.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:41 PM   #8
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Doesn't that statement make you one of those people continuing the perception that anyone pursuing a career in Game Design must be like? Categorization has never been correct nor will it ever be. Game Designers will be many things and that diversity will keep the field interesting.
No, because I am not one of those people. You can acknowledge a stereotype without re-enforcing it.
Edit: Errr, maybe I'm just being defensive. You're probably right.

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Old 04-18-2008, 02:38 AM   #9
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Many people who want into the games industry can be summed up by "I watch anime for ten hours a day and play games the rest".
*cough*

I've never done that before...honest!



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Old 04-18-2008, 06:04 AM   #10
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I've talked to so many people around where I live, and people want to get into the industry, but they don't want to do anything for it.

I wish I had the time to create a portfolio, but that most likely won't happen until I've moved to Alberta and can finally just focus on working and a portfolio.

But soooo many times I hear people saying it's hard to get into the industry when in all reality there is no industry here. One company does not mean the industry has arrived. Especially when they're a smaller company. Demand for game creation jobs is rediculous here, and I know a few programmers who only applied. A portfolio is definately the thing that sets you apart from the masses, not fancy colored, textured, resume paper.

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