Monday September 05, 2016

What It’s Like to Work On a Video Game Flop

After reading stories like this, it's a wonder anyone wants to get into the video game industry. Sure the big wigs make great money and are the most likely to survive the routine lay-offs but the little guys are the ones that get it the worst. frown

The job is impossible. You pull ridiculous hours, meet stringent deadlines, cross your fingers, and hope like hell your product meets a very particular combination of acclaim and marketability to green-light a sequel, or at the very least keep the company intact. Sure, there's a chance you work at Blizzard or Infinity Ward and are playing with house money, but this is still an industry that lays off twice as many people as the US national rate. If you make video games for a living, you are going to be disappointed again, and again, and again, and again.