Yeah.. In one of moods lately.. Actually in a funk I need to shake off? anyways here's the rant..
Ok lets have a look at the Sumea job posting. 4 big studios just posted for job positions. And they all want EXPERIENSED game developers.
This does come at the good time for the two ex companies? employees Ratbag and the Stargate team. I?m sure those guys will snap up many of those jobs.
However. Point being. While that's all good for people in the industry with experience? What are we the noobs to do?
Wanting to be a game designer I?m slowly over the next few months building some documented levels in unreal-ed and building that into a folio. But will it be enough? I?m starting to have doubts.
Here's a sample from the QA position for blue tongue.
? QA testing experience a major plus? Exceptional attention to detail and an eye for quality
? Scripting/Programming experience
? Enthusiasm and knowledge of video games in general
? Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
? TAFE Diploma or University Degree in IT or related discipline
Now don?t get me wrong I bet QA is a harsh job just like all jobs in the games industry.. But damm. A C++ programmer I know who did QA for a game said he just walked in. told him his passion for games. Explained some design conventions and got the job. That was 5 years ago. [And by the way. He knew little to nothing programming experience at that time.]
So then what is open to the beginner? And how much credit does he need. Programmers need code, Artists need Art and Designers need documents and levels.. But to what extent? With game quality needing to improve if where to keep up in the world market is there any room for the inexperienced? Or do we have to go and make our own games with only books and Guts to guide us? I?m passionate about creative industries but I DON?T wanna be working at coles in 4 years time doing the same shit I?m doing now. But with this perception of ?elitism? thoughts of choosing another creative industry has been on the cards.
So what do you guys think? Where do the beginners start? From all these job advertisements it's obviously not in a bigger scale studio. And how long do you have to stay in the industry before you go from beginner to experienced and desirable.
Yeah .. I know. This has been said before a few times. But with companies closing and other companies wanting only the best of the best. What happens when your best isn?t good enough?