WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
This book is for you if you love video games. In fact, you play them so much it scares people a little. Maybe it seems like you’re obsessed. You’re considering a career and you don’t want to be a flight attendant, a lawyer, or a cowpuncher—you want to make video games.
This book is also for you if you know someone just like the person described above.
Video games are definitely not just for kids anymore. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world earn their livelihood making video games. Game development can be a vibrant career with exciting opportunities in a variety of interesting fields.
Hardy Says: Those already in game development could also benefit from this book if they were looking for an additional perspective on the job, tips gleaned from decades of experience in the trenches, or possibly just some more fun anecdotes to share at parties.
WHAT THIS BOOK IS
Video Game Careers is a series of handbooks for anyone interested in a career in video game development.
This book – the Beginner’s Guide – will illustrate how games are made in a simple and fun way, and also help readers decide if game development is a career path they might enjoy. Along the way, I’ll offer some anecdotes from my own career to illustrate the points I’m making.
I may also occasionally try to be funny. Sorry, I can’t help myself.
WHAT THIS BOOK IS NOT
This is not a how-to book on making your own games. There are lots of other resources out there for that. But along the way, I will offer tips and insights about making games gleaned from my own career—lessons that have helped me, and I know will help you as well.
WHO THE HECK AM I?
I’ve been a creative professional in the video game industry for over 20 years. You might know my design work on games such as Halo, Halo 2, SOCOM 3, Midnight Star, or Far Cry 2. You might have played some of the games I helped publish, like Dungeon Siege 2 or Jade Empire. Maybe you’re even old enough to remember Oni, Pac-Man World 20th Anniversary, Vigilante 8, or the first game I ever worked on: Apocalypse (starring Bruce Willis).
Games are always changing. The industry continues to evolve, just as technology continues to evolve, so trends and opportunities that are hot today may change tomorrow. I will update this book to stay current, but be sure and do your own research as well.
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