No image tonight–just a grim wall of text, followed by a happy ending. And then crying.
Tonight I returned to my personal game project, trying to cope with old code. While inching through code lines, gelatinous cube-like, I watched Trion’s friday Livestream on Twitch, as mentioned on MassivelyOP.
It’s nice to see Brasse at Trion. As a fellow mapmaker, I’ve studied her fine work. Her mention of reviewing all of Trion’s community and forums is a little worrying though since the Rift forums are so nice and perfect.
I wrote up a synopsis as I listened. This, then some stocks and Guild Wars 2.
Synopsis of Game Industry Job Tips From Trion
- Break into the industry, don’t break into Trion.
- There are less 20 hours-per-day crunch times these days, so it’s easier to have a real life.
- On the other hand, there is more money in other industries. Trading money for following your passion.
- A passionate person needs to temper expectations for effecting change within a big team with lots of ideas that are never realized.
- System designers must be aces at math, pro at Excel and statistics. Other designers are: narrative designers, content designers.
- Audio is minimal, mostly outsourced. Try companies that are contract houses for game companies.
- Designers need to be able to clearly communicate with teams.
- Engineers (programmers). Need C++, C#.
- Platform needs Java type skills. Account creations and logins are common with other companies like banks.
- Game-specific education degrees may not be best, yet. Focus on life learning, keep educating self.
- For artists, almost rather have a Fine Arts degree, recognition of art, broad understanding.
- Being passionate about what you do is critical.
- Be yourself and be honest above all, even about your weaknesses. Don’t be a poser because it shows.
- Resumes. Don’t make a generic cover letter. Be sure you’re played Trion games and say why you want Trion.
- You can and should remove old unapplicable things from your resume.
- List your favorite games, mention the MMOs you’ve played at cap, your achievements, how your gaming has touched you and meant something to you. Show your passion for games.
- Make games. Show something.
- Keep clickable links in resumes, don’t remove.
- Keep your Facebook and social media professional because they will search and find all of your personal dog and family posts and judge you mercilessly. (With all of my personality issues and depression, not to mention kinkiness, this kitty is irrevocably doomed.)
- Networking and meetups. Talk to the devs at conventions, get to know people over the years.
- College only isn’t a good resume.
- Take any job in the industry at first to get experience.
Video Game Stocks
All of the stocks I recommended in a previous post three weeks ago have now reported quarterly earnings results.
Activision/Blizzard (ATVI) reported solid results and raised guidance for the year. Electronic Arts (EA) was also solid, both stocks were up 5-7% this week on those results. Winning, and you’re winning too if you listened to the kitty. At least, you are today.
NVidia (NVDA) disappointed and was down 7% just today. Luckily, as I mentioned in another post, I dumped Nvidia and went Blizzard before that happened.
I think this might still be a good buying opportunity for Nvidia if you’re a contrarian, but it might be dead money for a while. I want to believe Windows 10 can bring PC’s back, and the massive boom in handheld devices will make people want bigger screens and the PC/tablet hybrids, and not just these tablet-to-TV things. I don’t do TVs at all.
Just note the stock market may die in a fire soon. Wait at least three days, if not three weeks until the market breaks up or down from its converging trend lines.
Akamai (AKAM), the content delivery and security company formerly used by Turbine, Sony, and Nintendo, is also solid up 6% in my portfolio, and Limelight Networks (LLNW), my long-odds underdog pick, is up maybe 10%. I’m now holding all of these except Nvidia.
For another suggestion, my largest tech holding is Equinix (EQIX). I think of it as an internet “pipeline” company. They made a bid to buy up a European network/cloud provider this week, sending the stock up more, and Microsoft also announced that they are expanding partnership with EQIX to handle cloud delivery of Microsoft’s Office 365 worldwide for Windows 10.
Amazon (AMZN) is another solid cloud pick, and they own Twitch. It’s up big on strong cloud results, but it has based after profit-taking, and looks to be building momentum again.
Guild Wars 2
They announced the Guardian elite spec. It’s called Dragonhunter, and my first reaction was: NOOOOOoooOOOOOoooOOOO!
My second reaction was: I can re-roll.
This non-calm kitty really feels dragons are in a world beyond trite and over-exploited. I don’t like setting traps, and don’t even use them on my trappy Hunter. I assumed the new trap class (which was known) would go to Rogue. It’s like the GW2 devs went out of their way to make sure I hate this class! Waaaa!
I don’t know what I’m doing now in Guild Wars 2.
I’m coping with re-learning my schoolgirl code and learning lessons in why commenting is so important if you let kitties use keyboards.