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2, Issue 5
December 10, 1999
Want to Play Games for a Living?
you havent read this weeks
feature and the interview with my bud, Paul Steed, then dang
boy, get your ass over there and read it. Damn cool interview,
if I do say so myself. And some serious kickass cover
art by Kenneth Scott to go along with it. I love those guys.
On a related note, I bumped into a good female gaming friend in
IRC and she had this to say:
female friend> My husband almost got mad at me last night.
female friend> I kept trying to climb on him and he goes, you
are not going to read a Paul Steed interview and then come looking
that a classic? She also said that she read the interview and
hyperventilated through the whole thing.
about that. This edition of DTP goes out to all the part-time
gamers out there.
job? School getting you down? Wish you could play games for a
living? Yeah, me too.
say, play games for a living, what Im really
talking about is working in the industry. It doesnt matter
if you work at a game company, write articles for magazines, or
youre really really good at playing games and can actually
make money from winning tournaments. Face it; you play games for
a living. And its great work if you can get it.
on this tirade because the contract is coming up on my current
day job and Ill soon be looking for other employment. No,
Im not talking about loonygames here, because unfortunately
its just a part-time thing, but my other, real work. Im
a validation specialist at a pharmaceutical company, and thats
what pays the bills. And it has to be the most boring job in the
world. For some reason I turned my back on 10 years of computer
experience to get this job, and I guess Im going back now.
Validation work stinks.
do you do for a living? If youre like me then work is a
necessary evil to fuel your personal life. You make money to pay
for your habits, and as life goes on, you seem to have less and
less time for your habits. My personal life is divided between
home, wife, kids, and 5 minutes between 10:55pm and 11:00pm to
play the latest PC game before I hit the bed exhausted. But to
play games for a living! Wouldnt that be sweet?
stand around the water cooler and discuss your favorite technique
in Age of Empires, and the boss would pass by and nod.
Heck, youre hard at work. Fire up WarCraft III on
your computer and check out the lovely cinematics. Yep, gotta
keep up on what the competitor is doing. Better play a campaign
or two just to be sure. Shout at the top of your lungs: That
fucker fragged me! and no one will care (well maybe they
might, but nearly as much as the stinkhole environment most of
us work in).
not like that, are we. We sit in our little cubicles, wearing
our pressed shirts and choking ties, and wondering why the heck
the company cant splurge and get us real machines to work
on. We fire up our web browsers and check out Blues
News when we think no one is looking. Check out the heated
debate on sCarys msgboard
if we have just a little bit more time before work needs to be
done. Whats the State of
the Wood? If were really daring, or perhaps sit in a
corner, we might even try to catch some screenshots from Diablo
II. Hot damn I cant wait for that one. Maybe youre
even as nifty as me and have a telnet IRC client running and while
you chat with friends. At lunch time it might actually be okay
to run the ´net so we do the same but more openly.
Me, I write stuff for upcoming issues of loonygames.
often heard that you shouldnt make a living out of something
you really love; that too much of a good thing sours you to it.
Well, damnit, let me give it a try and Ill let you know.
In my opinion, if you sour to something you really love doing,
then you didnt really love it in the first place. Or perhaps
you didnt really understand in the first place the capacity
of what you wanted to do. But thats my opinion. Feel free
to debate me on it.
not sure what kind of life a professional gamer leads. I mean,
to get good at a game, and I mean really, really good -- so good
in fact that you can beat everyone you come across, and you start
going out of your way to find people who might be able to beat
you -- what kind of life do you have? Do you play for 16 hours
a day? More? And do you focus your energy on just one game? Well,
I cant think of any one game that Id want to play
that much. Thats just crazy. I like lots of different games,
but they have a definite lifespan with me. They come, I play,
they go. Now and then Ill pick up an old game that I havent
played recently, but thats it. I tend to remember very quickly
why I got bored of it in the first place.
often wondered what it would be like to a game tester. Actually
Ive got somewhat of a QA background in software development,
Im pretty sure I know exactly what goes on in testing games.
I think youd get pretty damned tired of doing it unless
you really liked the game. And Im picky, Id only want
to test games I like. And who wouldnt? I feel sorry for
the poor souls that game tested Trespasser.
your dream job in the game industry? Id actually like to
hear from people on this. And tell me why you think its
a dream job. In fact, if I get enough feedback, Ill go off
and approach the type of people that hold your dream position
in the industry and get the beef on what its really like,
and compare it to what people thought it would be like. How cool
is that? You can mail me here: [email protected]
Russell "RadPipe" Lauzon currently holds the world record
for using the word "exhumed" 15 times in a single sentence.
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