Getting a job in video games
By contrast, getting a job is about being an employee; being part of a system. It’s about playing it safe but at a price- a trade off. Employment is a system that offers a steady pay check but really doesn’t care if you’re having a bad day or stayed late at a party on the night before. Heck, it’s a job. You either turn up on time or get fired! Simple- well not quite. But let’s look more at this division between indie and employment because it’s an important first step on deciding how to approach your gamedev career.
Jobs in the games industry
Employment in games means working in a specific role for a bigger company who always calls the shots. They call the shots not because they’ve got better ideas than you, but simply because they’re paying you. You need to understand that. Being an employee involves selling your time, skills and freedom in exchange for money. And sometimes other perks- like free pizza or free beer. Maybe you’ll like that. By being an employee, you could end up with an impressive-sounding job title, like Designer or Artist or Programmer, or something else fancy! You could work on truly massive games too. Games played by millions worldwide. Now, that’s certainly impressive! So, the good thing about employment is steady pay, limited responsibility, skills development- and you also meet talented people while making big-budget, mainstream stuff. Not too bad, surely? Well… This all comes at a cost. The cost of your freedom. There’s no guarantee you’ll like the games you work on because your boss will choose them. You can’t pick where to live or when to work because your employer will tell you. And you certainly won’t keep any rights to your work no matter how successful it becomes. Your employer basically owns your time. Now, you might be fine with that. But maybe you are not.
Going into indie development
The alternative to employment is being indie. In other words, running your own business. Being indie is great! It’s a lifestyle and a workflow. It means you work for yourself by doing what you love most; namely, making games. You choose where to make games, how to make them and what types. You don’t get a boss judging everything you do or an employer demanding where you must be. You’re free to make your own games, however you like. Imagine this: it’s a sunny afternoon and you can be anywhere you want making your games in your own way. That’s a pretty picture, isn’t it? When people buy your games, they won’t just be buying any generic game. They’ll be buying your awesome game, with your unique message and your charming style. Made with your heart and soul. Certainly, you’ll need to make careful business decisions about the size of your game worlds, the technical details, the prices you charge, and the art styles you select if you’re serious about making a good profit in reasonable time. But that’s just part of the exciting balancing act involved with indie living. Your choices and your way- but you need to work smart. Now, maybe you’re worried about how you’ll make a living from games; or concerned about getting noticed; or nervous about learning skills- or maybe you’re just not sure where to start at being an Indie Game Developer. That’s exactly where this website can help you.
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