Actually looking to find a solid programmer to go over an idea. That's another route. Think something up, figure out a working model, then get it
edit on 5-2-2014 by webedoomed because: (no reason given)
PM me and I can answer the questions if you want, might as well use my programming knowledge for something... it's certainly not getting me a good job
in my area of the country.
reply to post by onequestion
Be thankful you haven't chosen game development as a career. It's insanely difficult to crack that egg. AAA studios want a minimum of 5 years of
experience, with at least one (usually two) AAA shipped games with your name already in the credits, and a 4 year degree minimum. Entry level
positions are pretty much non-existent, and if they exist they are often given to QA testers who've been slaving away filing bugs for the last 10
years at minimum wage and polishing their skills on their own time in the hopes of moving up the corporate ladder. I'm at the point now where I have
fully questioned my own sanity in trying to work in this field. While I have worked on a shipped AAA title, and an indie title and have 4.5 years of
experience (as well as a college diploma in a related discipline), the bar seems to be set higher and higher every time I look for available jobs.
Combine that with the cheap outsourcing in India that companies can utilize for assets and the future is looking grim.
That, and every snot nosed xbox kid and his dog wants to be a game developer now, so the market is flooded with competition.
This is the field I picked but I'm not in Austin or LA so there's no jobs. I can move of course, but moving costs money. I would find a way to do it
and live on the streets for a time if I had to (I've done it before) if someone hired me for an actual position but like you said those are in very
high demand and a dead end QA job that has no future doesn't justify moving (not to be confused with an entry level job where promotions can happen).
I have experience on a AAA title (MMO, did ongoing work on it for years), and am working on my own game currently which if all goes well will either
get me hired at a company or provide ongoing development work for me (it's a game I could release regular purchased expansions for), but I'm still a
year or more away from completing it, probably 2 years.
I know Max, Maya, Unity, CryEngine, HeroEngine, 7 programming languages, and a whole bunch of other software. On the education side of things I have
degrees in Computer Science, Game & Simulation Design, Digital Graphics, and Computer Engineering Technology (yes, 4 degrees, avg gpa of 3.5), I have
a few random certifications, as well as some trophies and other rewards for winning game jam's and game conferences (first place in one 3 years in a
row) so I'm not entirely unskilled. I'm well aware of how difficult it is to get a job in that field.
reply to post by DeadSeraph
Damn man. This is the thing with programming careers is that coding is being taught in countries like India and China and their coders work for 9 an
hour while the ones in the US want to start at least at 17.
That's because coding isn't really skilled labor. It's literally one of the easiest things in the world to do. Describe a series of steps in order
to accomplish a task, and then write them down. That's all there is to it unless you're using Assembly, that takes actual skill. You even get to sit
in a comfortable chair in a heated/ac office while doing it. Why coders think they deserve an actual salary I have no idea (I have this opinion of
most jobs) but companies pay a wage for some reason that makes no sense to me.
reply to post by onequestion
I wasn't keen on the idea of giving digital copies of my fingerprints. Not that I have ever been involved in crime, but I mean.. what If I decide to
turn to a life of crime?
edit on 6-2-2014 by GogoVicMorrow because: (no reason given)
I've always had this same thought. While I don't plan to do something bad right now, I can easily see a day in the future where it would be in my
interest to not have my fingerprints on file. If such a thing were to happen and I needed to not have fingerprints I would have to go through the
pain of removing them which I've heard is extremely painful, so I would rather avoid that.
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