Brice Morrison's Expert Blogs
Waiting is a part of the job application process. And this is for almost any industry, not just games, and it is especially slow for graduates are are looking for their first big job. So what can you do about it? Here are a few techniques.
There are a few good resources online that I have found useful when looking for opportunities myself or for working with students. If you're searching for a job and don't know what studios to start with, this will get you going!
Many students ask me what kinds of engines or programming languages they should use to get started making games. Here are the best languages to get you going, from beginner all the way to expert.
So if youâ€™ve gotten to this stage, congratulations! You have made fantastic progress in developing your skills, polishing your resume, earning your degree, and reaching the final boss. Now itâ€™s time to really put your heart into perparing to land a job.
There are many things running through an indie or student developerâ€™s mind when working on a game. But as a Lead Designer who has interviewed many applicants to different studios, I've seen that there is aspect that makes them an amateur or pro material.
Many students have a favorite game or a favorite game studio: Nintendo, Infinity Ward, Rockstar. However when I advise students and parents, I always make sure to tell them not to limit themselves. You should look at small studios as stepping stones.
Jobs at Blizzard are notoriously difficult to find because Blizzard is one of the most respected companies in the industry. And when any company or product has millions of fans, thereâ€™s lots of people who want to work for them. So what can you do?
Summer is a great opportunity to improve oneâ€™s skills, learn more about your craft, and increase your odds of a game studio finding you attractive. Plus, itâ€™s a lot of fun to have some time to devote to ideas that have been bouncing around in your head.
Many students and parents believe that if they are interested in a career in games, then the best thing for them to pursue is a degree in â€śGame Designâ€ť, â€śGame Programmingâ€ť, or â€śGame Art and Animationâ€ť. I share my recommendations against this thinking.
Many students dream of being a "beta tester" or game tester, someone who plays games for a living. It sounds like the ultimate job, right? Unfortunately, as many game developers will tell you, game testing isnâ€™t all itâ€™s cracked up to be.
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