The jobs at Irrational Games

Don't tell me a billion people won't apply for those [url="http://www.sumea.com.au/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=660"]artist jobs[/url] at Irrational Games! Who wouldn't want to work on a Tribes game!

Pantmonger's picture

Even getting your folio seen with that ammount of applicants will be interesting. Well one can but try.

Pantmonger

Malus's picture

2 will try lol

Brain's picture

Mmm... my portfolio really hasn't changed since I last applied to them for the Junior Artist position, bar the amount of life drawing I've done since then, which is a good thing but I'd be needing more stuff of what they're looking for.

*sigh* Count me out on this one.

Gaffer's picture

heheh ;)

Gaffer's picture

whoops, i should read all the posts before adding my own comment, my "heheh" was in response to the first post, not in response to yours brain, peace.

Malus's picture

Mmmmmm Tribes......

souri's picture

Having said what I said, I hope Irrational Games do get picky with who they choose to come on board - and only get the *best* talent around. My opinion on First Person Shooters is that this genre, more than any other, is sold largely on eye candy.. If your artwork doesn't at least match the quality of the best that's around (and the bar is pretty high at the moment, check out the stuff in Half Life 2 or [url="http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/stalkeroblivionlost/screenindex_602987..."]Stalker[/url]..), most of those FPS fans aren't going to give it a shot.

Malus's picture

I actually think the art pipelines getting easier now that theres things like normal maps, higher polycount etc. You can let the geometry or psuedo geometry as in normal maps do half the texturing for you.

Blitz's picture

Better hope they aren't as picky as MicroForte Sydney, or they won't hire anyone! :P
CYer, Blitz

souri's picture

quote:


Originally posted by Malus

I actually think the art pipelines getting easier now that theres things like normal maps, higher polycount etc. You can let the geometry or psuedo geometry as in normal maps do half the texturing for you.

Those do make things look better, but it's still the talent of the artist behind those methods that count, I think. I've seen some level designs using normal maps that look pretty shoddy, compared to the levels in Doom 3. Higher polycounts don't necessarily mean better quality models (and I am on the opinion that with higher polycounts, bad artists are going to find it much harder to hide their shortcomings).

Malus's picture

quote:


originaly posted by Souri.
"and I am on the opinion that with higher polycounts, bad artists are going to find it much harder to hide their shortcomings."

Totally agree man, thats a good thing in my opinion.
I've noticed some people who excelled when the limit was say 800 -1500 polys are struggling with higher counts, efficiency should still be important and I think some artists get lazy because they have lots to use.

With these new standards I'm enjoying haveing more scope to define things like muscle structure in polys not texture and i feel I'm getting better characters as these factors come into play.[:P]

And normal maps just rock. Farcry, Doom 3, Dues Ex 2 are going to kick booty.

Theirs always going to be artists who make sub standard work even when they have more to work with, check out some of the character models in Morrowind (great game btw), they where reasonably high but looked lower than what they where, if you look at the wireframes they are a mess, polys everywhere.

Anyway off topic again, back to tribes. The screenshots look pretty cool, like the phoenix heavy weapons concept.

Doord's picture

Things are petty cool here with Tribe (I think there was new shot of tribe come out last week) and we have a few people applying, but I don't think there has been all that many. I sit next to the lead artist I think I have seen most of them and there isn't as many as I was thinking there would be, but they are only just starting to come in.

Also I think you should read the Job page again "including Tribes: Vengeance and others" What could the "Others" mean???

souri's picture

quote:


Originally posted by Doord

Also I think you should read the Job page again "including Tribes: Vengeance and others" What could the "Others" mean???

I don't know. Ask the Irrational Games personnel that sent me the job notice [;)] It's strange hearing that I.G's aren't inundated with resumes/portfolio's. I'd certainly be applying if I had stuff to show! I remember an article where someone from Ratbag lamented on the lack of talent here in Australia - it's pretty strange.. some studios are finding it hard to get good talent (Micro Forte), where as some places sort through hundreds of applicants (Last Gun Studios)..

Blitz's picture

Depends on the standard/quality of work companies are looking for, and the amount of industry experience they want people to have.
I doubt MF etc. get few applications, but they seem to have such incredibly high standards that they have trouble finding people who measure up...
I think people just aren't applying for IG jobs because canberra is such a hole :)
CYer, Blitz

Malus's picture

Man I'd work anywhere just to get into the industry, even .....Canberra, boo ha ha.
Anyway I not expecting to get enough free time to have to go outside when they hire me, lol. (I wish) [:P]

Nothing really wrong with Microforte expecting the best talent, as long as they try Oz first before getting people from overseas I have no problem with it.

Saying that though Ive seen a few companies (not sure about Microforte) posting criteria as bad as 5 yrs industry experience and 2+ shipped games for junior roles!
Theres only a handful of Oz companies older than 5 yrs with 2 games lol.
Ah the laughter hehe.

Doord's picture

Shit there was a huge number of 2D and a few 3D one come in over the week end. I don't think are that many that stand out, personally but I'm not the one hiring.

They are still coming to, makes me think how the hell did I get a job here [?][?][?].

Canberra not that bad, it's a little cold. But the night life isn't as bad as lot of poeple say. Hell if you don't have a good time, I say it has more to do with you then were you are most of the time. [:)]

Sorceror Bob's picture

You can all stop sending in your reels now!!

My demo reel of unsurpassable awesomeness is currently en-route to Irrational.

*future irrational employee/deluded*

Pantmonger's picture

Sending mine tomorrow. Round 1 fight.

Pantmonger

Malus's picture

contender number 3,000,000 here

Doord's picture

Try number 4,000,000

Jason's picture

So who ended up getting the jobs? Anyone?

Malus's picture

Well if they've already made up their mind and rung them then I guess I didn't....again [:P]
But perservence is a virtue. I'm unstopable bo ha ha.

cutty's picture

Anyone here go for the recent Programmer or Junior Designer positions at Irrational?

davidcoen's picture

@Jason, a guy i worked with (bitch monkey) got one of the 3d artist jobs i believe

Def's picture

I applied for Lead Programmer yesterday. [:)]

cutty's picture

Anyone know who got the Junior Designer position? I'm interested to know how much experience roughly even a 'Junior' position requires(?)