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Weekly Wrap-Up: G4U Teaches You How To Get A Job In The Gaming Industry Edition

Even with as unconventional as the video game industry might be compared to other careers, the process of applications and cover letters and interviews is still likely in your future if you want a video game job, and the first part of that process is knowing where to look.

For this year’s list of video game companies that are currently hiring, we mostly chose companies that are hiring primarily in the United States. Chances are if you’re willing to move halfway around the globe for a job in the video game industry you probably have a pretty good idea where the jobs are without needing our list. You also want to get to know the North American hubs for game development, the cities and regions that have the highest concentrations of video game developers. It never hurts to know where you might have to move to if you manage to land your dream job, just so you’re ready to take advantage of the opportunity should it arise.

Even if the specific gig you’re looking for isn’t listed on the careers or hiring pages of these companies, if you see a lot of hires taking place that’s the best sign that a company is healthy and growing. The type of gig you’re looking for may not be there now, but these are the places worth checking back with until you see them hiring for the job of your dreams. We’ve identified the primary States and/or cities in Canada in which these companies are hiring for positions.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: G4U Teaches You How To Get A Job In The Gaming Industry Edition

As the High School Senior Class of ’13, it is you who will build a path to the next generation of gaming. Already, the ideas in your head will be for games that no one can conceive of in this day and age. You will build a new path of the new games and amazing stories yet to come.

And right now, you’re probably being hit by senioritis so hard that you barely have the energy to make it through this paragraph. Fear not. We have the tips you need to make it out of high school and into the video game college program you want to be in. We even have a couple of words from MassDigi, the people who will be thumbing through your transcript soon enough.

Break out that number 2 pencil. We’re going to help you get to the next level.

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Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, knows a thing or two about making it in the gaming business. From the very first line of code to the success of Gears of War, he’s been there every step of the way. This man lives and breathes the gaming world. When Tim speaks, you should listen, and he just happens to have some of the best advice for getting into the gaming business.

 

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It’s time for you to go out there an be amazing. Better yet, I need you to be the best. And with every journey, you need to begin somewhere. Check out our Career Resource Guide to find out where to start or to find your next step towards greatness.

Keep your browser tuned to G4 all week as we keep bringing you G4 University, and at the end of the week we'll have a guide for you that rounds up all of the information, and gives you the perfect places to start looking, along with some helpful tips.

Ever wanted to find out what it takes to get a video game job at Blizzard Entertainment? Chris Metzen, the vice-president of creative development at Blizzard, tells you how to approach the writing side of the business. Whether it's technical, dialogue, story, or otherwise, video games need writers. Metzen tells you what Blizzard looks for when hiring.

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Let's face it. In the world of video game jobs, Blizzard is high up there on the list of places people want to work. Especially on the creative side, because who wouldn't want to write what happens in the next Diablo game? Here's my take: someone finally kills Diablo. Just a thought. But if you want to break into the industry as a writer, check out what Chris has to say and start honing that fan-fiction to a razor point.

Keep your browser tuned to G4 all week as we keep bringing you G4 University, and at the end of the week we'll have a guide for you that rounds up all of the information, and gives you the perfect places to start looking, along with some helpful tips. 

Pete Wanat

Making sure video games are fun is the envious job of a producer. But to get to that point, the producer must oversee the studio’s various departments, acting as a liaison between the artists, programmers, testers and so forth. That being said, the exact day-to-day work can vary from company to company, as the title of “video game producer” is a bit of a misnomer. It’s more than tightening up the graphics on level 3.

“The producer’s job,” explains Universal Interactive Executive Producer Pete Wanat, “is to shepherd a product from the conceptual stage until the game code ships to the manufacturer (or is uploaded digitally). The position is about anything you need to do to get the game made - so if you have to clean the office or move boxes or spend 12 hours on the phone working something out, you do what you need to do.”

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Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Officer at Electronic Arts, knows which classes you need to take if you want a career in the games industry. Close out that class in Underwater Basket Weaving. Put aside that credit in Neurobiology for now. The man who behind the hits at EA will be your guidance councilor today when comes to picking the perfect class.

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For the people by the people, maybe it’s time to pick up a few more humanity courses. Psychology, history, sociology, literature; think about spreading your focus to include different courses outside of the technical field. And if you haven’t applied to a school yet, check out our Career Resource Guide for helpful links to the schools you need to check out. Good luck and keep studying.

 

Keep your browser tuned to G4 all week as we keep bringing you G4 University, and at the end of the week we'll have a guide for you that rounds up all of the information, and gives you the perfect places to start looking, along with some helpful tips.

We got to go behind the scenes of BioShock Infinite and chat with voice actors Courtnee Draper and Troy Baker about how they bring their characters Elizabeth and Booker to life. The two chat about how they brought their individual emotions to their characters, and about how influential Ken Levine has been to the process.

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BioShock Infinite is coming out for the PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 in 2012.




The goal of playing video games for a living often begins with becoming a game tester, whether you want to end up being a designer, programmer or executive producer. This is the best way to get your foot in the door and demonstrate that you can not only play games, but have a knack for attention to detail.

How to Become a Video Game Tester : G4U

That’s exactly the advice of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 QA Project Lead Jeff Roper. “The basic characteristics managers look for would be a fundamental love and passion for video games,” he says. “Other important characteristics would be an eye for detail, critical thinking and the ability to stay focused throughout. Of course, being a team player and getting along with your fellow co-workers is also important.”

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Tim Miller wants to help make you the next big trailer director. The team over at Blur Studio don't just make great trailers; they make some of the best in the business ranging from Bioshock 2, DC Universe Online, and the jaw-dropping Star Wars: The Old Republic. If you have ever seen a trailer that made your hands ache just to play the game, then these guys probably made it. Movie makers, take note. Tim knows what it takes to make good look amazing.

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So don't be an axe murder. And always put your best work forward when you want to impress guys like Tim who know a thing or two about making stunning trailers. Start working now. Every day you wait is another day away from making your best piece yet. If you are still lost, confused, or would rather see what else the world of gaming has to offer; I suggest that you head over to our Career Resource Guide to find how to start working in the gaming world.
 

Keep your browser tuned to G4 all week as we keep bringing you G4 University, and at the end of the week we'll have a guide for you that rounds up all of the information, and gives you the perfect places to start looking, along with some helpful tips.

Want To Get A Video Game Job? Apply Here To Get Started!

Want to get a video game job? I'm sure you do. All week long G4 University has been bringing you feature stories and video about landing your dream job in the gaming industry. Now, it's time for you to put all of that knowledge to work and start applying for jobs. To make it easier, we've put together a list of links to the career pages of many top video game companies These include everything from publishers to developers, all the way up to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

Take the time to craft a brief but well-written cover letter, make sure your resume is in order, and start applying! We're hoping you land your dream career at some point, and if you get a job somewhere please let us know. Who knows, we might be interviewing you about your upcoming game right here on G4!

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How To Get A Job In Video Games: Your Career Resource Guide

Want to make games, but you don’t know where to start? Want to start up a studio, work for your dream developer, or strike out on your own as an indie? Not sure about any of that, buy you’re dying to work in games? You’ve come to the right place. Getting into the game industry can be tough, but a passion for games, a lot of hard work, and a dollop of insider knowledge can go a long way. Read on for our full video game career guide.

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations Art Director »


 

If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes, during the day-to-day grind of making some of your favorite games, X-Play's got you covered with this edition of Will Work For Games. Morgan Webb sits down with Ubisoft's Raphael Lacoste, the art director for Assassin's Creed: Revelation, to find out just what an art director does.



Getting Girls Into Video Game Development Jobs

Last week we brought you G4 University, which aims to get you into the video game industry in one career track or another. But, as most people know, that field is predominantly male. That hasn't escaped the attention of some people, including some who have deep pockets. Over the last month college students around the nation have shared stories about their summer internships with their classmates. Only one of those students was a recipient of the G.I.R.L. Scholarship.

Alicia Crawford won this year's Gamers In Real Life Scholarship, a program run by Sony Online Entertainment and dedicated to increasing the role of women in the video game industry. The scholarship includes $10,000 for tuition and a ten-week paid internship with Sony Online Entertainment. Crawford spent this summer in San Diego working on art assets for the MMO Free Realms.

"It's been quite a blessing," Crawford says. "It's given me the opportunity to work in the industry and get hands-on experience working with a team. I have a better understanding of the game design process as a whole."

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G4 University: Your Complete Guide To Landing a Video Game Job

G4 University Week has concluded its courses, but thanks to the magic of the internet, you can attend anytime you want. We've put together a full guide to all of the G4U content right after the break, so if you happened to miss anything, you can find it below. So get out there, get educated, and get a job!

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Want to be a video game sound designer? These people are responsible for putting together the sounds of the games that you love to play. Imagine Gears of War without the iconic stutter of the Lancer, or Splinter Cell without Sam Fisher's night vision startup sound. Find out what it takes to get into this side of the video game industry.

 

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Matt Harwood, who was audio director at Kaos Studios when this was shot, tells you what it takes to get a job as a sound designer. There are a lot of hours and hard work required to create sound design for video games, but it can be a very rewarding career if you're looking for a unique way into the business. 

Keep your browser tuned to G4 all week as we keep bringing you G4 University, and at the end of the week we'll have a guide for you that rounds up all of the information, and gives you the perfect places to start looking, along with some helpful tips. 

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