[This post was originally written as an entry into the NAG Magazine freelance writers competition]
I want to have a piece of pie, a large piece of the gaming development industry pie to be a bit more to the point.
I am one of those people that wish to make it big in life; big as in huge house, fast car, loads of fame (well a little doesn’t hurt) and a hefty fortune. But like everything in life wishing will not get me from small time system development to large scale game production and distribution, now will it.
Placing my great big wishes aside for the moment, there is one obvious reason that I want to make it big and it may be deciphered by reading the second paragraph again. No idea yet?
I want to make it big because I really, really like money, this is not really a surprise, many people want to make loads of cash, but why particularly in the gaming development industry? There are a few reasons:
One of the reasons that I have selected the gaming development industry is the fact that it is growing, and growing very fast.
Some of you may remember the June 2005 episode of M-Net’s Carte Blanche reporting that the gaming industry is making (at the time) 30 billion dollars a year and that the figure (and industry as a whole) is growing. Looking at an industry as big as this, and what it has to offer, I think to myself, this industry may just have enough space to accommodate me and my dreams in its large pie.
Another reason I want to make it big in the gaming development industry is the closeness the industry shares with my current qualifications.
This is more a reason of convenience over a serious necessity, but looking at the business world, and especially the cut-throat and competitive gaming industry, you can use all the training and all the extra help you can get.
The final reason, and maybe the most important reason I have chosen the gaming development industry over other similar high revenue making industries, is my passion for it.
Just short of being maniacal, I live, play and even occasionally sleep gaming. The passion that I have, the joy that I feel for what I do in life, that steady feed of happiness is defiantly a requirement to push me through the hardships and the tough times that this industry (and many others for that matter) can dish out.
Having written the above three important reasons down on hard cardboard, and tacking them to my bedroom ceiling and the back of my bathroom door, I grab my ever handy keyboard and start to type my business plan for the future, I steadily start to document requirements and further my research into the industry that I want to make a difference in.