Breaking in! Breaking into the Video Game Industry Requires a Certain Amount of Talent. but Talent Alone Will Not Earn You a Position Making Games. Here Are Some Guidelines You Should Follow to Make Your Path into the Field a Prosperous One
* Determine your area of interest: There are many career options from which to choose when working in the video game industry. Jason Della Rocca, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, says it's smart to first determine what aspect of game development interests you before getting started. If you are technical and like math and science, a position in programming may be right for you. If drawing is your forte and you admire fine arts and painting, perhaps visual arts is the area you may want to try.
* Get an education: The industry does not require degrees across the board for all positions. However, as the business grows and changes, it is becoming more institutionalized. Consider attending an art school or a university that offers a curriculum or degree specific to the position that you want to pursue. Also, research internships with various game development studios, While internship programs are difficult to find, a handful of the bigger companies like EA (Electronic Arts) do offer these opportunities.
* Study the industry: Staying plugged in to what's going on in the field is important to your success. Read industry-related books and magazines such as Ernest Adam's Break Into the Game Industry: How to Get a Job Making Videogames (McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; $24. …