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sure and ATS is a government front message board here to debunk anything that is not considered MSM. I am starting to believe other people's sayings on this. I noticed so many just stay in one thread all day long too.
Originally posted by Merigold
I know that i'm going to be flamed for this one. To get into the gaming industry, you have to know people. Period
What people don't realize is that game industry isn't all glamour. You want to be lead programmer for Fable 3? Guess what, no one starts out as the lead programmer. Everyone has to do their time. I love how all these recent grads come in and expect to be hired at certain pay grade and position, no dude, you gotta start at the bottom like everyone else. You have to prove yourself, a degree doesn't prove anything.
Do you want to get into the industry? You have to start at the bottom. Generally, the bottom is Q&A. That's where my partner started, straight out of high school, it was crap, with low pay and long hours and sometimes weeks with no work, but today just a scant three years later he is the lead tester for a major studio at a damn good salary. He proved him self by taking it on the chin for a couple of years, and showing he COULD take it.
He makes hiring decisions for his testing teams and he avoids grads, they have high expectations with out the gump to put in the time.
Originally posted by barKochba
If you are from Texas, and you're interested in getting into games, there is a very good school called "The Guildhall" at SMU. I went there a few years back and have been in the industry for 4 years now. If you do well, you'll make a lot of connections and the alumni usually keep and eye out for new Guildhall grads that apply to their game companies. Its an expensive school but it's worth it.
As far as racism is concerned, there isn't a lot of diversity, but it definitely does not come from any racist ideology. Most people I've met in the game industry are very liberal (damn near communist, lol) and pretty open minded.
Either way...getting into games has to deal with what you know, and who you know. Talent comes second to insider connections most of the time. However if you want to work for a big company like id, Bioware, Blizzard, or Valve, you'll need to be exceptionally talented...better than 90 percent of the people in the industry at this time. I had to work at 2 start ups before I graduated to the big leagues, and that's what most people have to do...but start with school. It will definitely help you get a foot in the door.
you can send me a personal message if you want further info on getting into the games industry. trust me, we aren't racist...we'll hire a black/mexican transvestite if they can code/concept/ or design a level Good luck!
Originally posted by WolfofWar
reply to post by Xenopathic Investigator
Human rights in the video game industry are down-right deplorable now as it is. Mandatory 6-7 day work weeks during crunch, high-stress days of never leaving the office, constant thread of layoffs when the project is done.
Originally posted by dragnet53
I mean what I have seen it is purely noticeable that companies hire mostly white people in the industry. Once in awhile they will hire that minority just to appease the Affirmative Action law. I myself am minority and trying to get into the industry. I know I have strong work and was even told by people at Disney, but I have yet got into the field as of yet. I even tried entry level positions.
If you look at some companies team photos you will see nothing, but white and occasionally once in awhile you get a token in that picture. I kind of laugh at companies that state they are an EEO company and yet all one color. I know there are really talented minorities out there and wonder why they haven't been hired? it is really odd in my book and I have written this on many of forums and got no reply from anybody in the gaming industry on this.
Just look at the games that come out like Resident Evil 5 or DragonAge Origins. In DragonAge Origins all the humans are white. I mean they do give you a way to colorize your character other than white. But none of the main characters were different color. In Resident Evil 5 you have Chris Redfield going against all black zombies in Africa. In all of the Resident Evil games I don't remember the virus being created in Africa. I think they wanted some controversy since it worked with Rockstar games.
A few games also had some main characters that were non-white like GTA series, but they were just using a stereo typical black person living in the ghetto style persona.
So if anybody works with the gaming industry is it true there is some sort of Racism in the field? I probably won't get a response though. I will personally keep on trying and figure out what gaming companies want in an artist.
[edit on 2-7-2010 by dragnet53]
[edit on 2-7-2010 by dragnet53]
Originally posted by LightFantastic
reply to post by LUXUS
I agree on certain points I disagree on others. For example I agree that men are generally better than men at certain things and vice versa. And that black people are general better at certain athletic events.
I don't agree that certain races are innately better a certain non physical tasks rather it is just a product of the culture and evironment they were brought up in.
[edit on 16/7/2010 by LightFantastic]