Chances are that if you're reading this right now, you spend a lot of time playing video games. And when you aren't playing games, you're reading about them. Nothing gets you more excited than a new game announcement, release dates, or playable demos. But what's the next step? If you're that obsessed, why not work in the games industry? They say the best jobs are doing what you love, and if you love games then this totally makes sense.
In fact, I'll let you in on a secret ... this is exactly why I'm here writing to you from G4. I'm a die-hard games fan, just like the rest of you, and that's what planted me in this seat. Of course, there are tons of avenues into the industry besides writing about games. In fact, designing games is probably what everyone dreams about. It's like an actor saying, "Well, what I really want to do is direct." What a gamer really wants to do is design games, or at least have a hand in it, so that's mainly what we'll be focusing on ... unless your dream games job is writing about games.
So that's why we're launching Play As Work! In this series, we'll be exploring different avenues into the industry, talking to professionals, looking at different school programs, and telling you everything you'll need to know about expanding your future horizons or hopping careers to include the gamesphere. You're out there doing a lot of the legwork on your own by twiddling those thumbsticks or clicking that mouse day and night, so take the next step with us and figure out where you want to go from here.
Along those lines, let us know what you'd like to know. Is there a particular area of game design you want to know more about? Tell us. Want to find out about creating sound effects? Interested in a level design course? Want to know what scripting languages you need to learn? Sound off in the comments below. We'll kick this series off soon, and we want you to help us by letting us know what information you want us to ferret out for you.
The only thing we ask is that you remember us when you're working in the business on that next big title. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and ask!