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21/04/2009 alle 20:42
A little while ago, as some of you may know, I was at
San Francisco (Game Developers Conference), and while there, I learned a lot about gamer culture.
Now, E3 is and always has been a press event—an event where game companies get to show off the new cool stuff that they're doing to the public and to each other. GDC, though, is an industry event—where it's mostly about meeting other people in the industry, awarding innovation in games, and the new middleware type stuff that's out there. Being someone who works in the game industry, and only a short drive away from San Francisco, I just had to be there.
I spent a little bit of time on what's called the “Career Pavilion”, which is mostly designed for people who want to break into the industry, want to know what's out there, how best to apply for jobs, meet HR people, all that good stuff. Plus, lots of swag!
I didn't spend
much time at the Career Pavilion—the free time I had between meetings was spent mostly exploring the expo-floor, but I did notice something. Of all the companies that had booths in the Career Pavilion (Sega, Valve, Bioware, SOE, all the big names and plenty of small ones) there were three that were much more popular than any others. Activision (which was mostly because they had a big stage for people to digitally rock out on), Square-Enix, and Blizzard.
Make no mistake, I love both of these companies, but they don't produce games that are
above average quality to warrant the uneven distribution of inquiries by students. The simple fact of the matter is that a ton of people who want to get into the game industry right now want to do so because they played Final Fantasy 7 or Starcraft when they were young. (Starcraft has been out for 10 years now, meaning the people in their last year of college were between 10 and 12 when it came out, FF7 was only a year before and Diablo II only two years after).
For our generation, let's face it, these were some of the most influential games of their time. I'm sure there are people who started playing WoW as their first Blizzard game, but I wouldn't be surprised if that population is outnumbered 25 to 1 by people who started with Warcraft II, and kept going from there. I know I can name a small handful of games that made me a “gamer” (Chrono Trigger among them). What about you? Did you start on other Blizzard products?
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