After reading the disgruntled posts here from long time programmers and hearing so much about ageism and outsourcing, I'm thinking of leaving the industry. What is a good industry to get into where your programming skills would put you at an advantage?
A. Web design. Live where you want, work when you want
I've been in the business for 25 years. I've been screwed over for more than 4 Million in unpaid royalties. I've worked for the biggest games companies in the world.
All that happens is they work you to death and then you get screwed over.
If they can't roll you for a LOT of money they don't give you the job. It's as simple as that. It's not how good at programming you are (I was among the best in the early days) It's will you hit their selfish, greedy and impossible deadlines and how easy is it to rip you off.
I have half a dozen number one selling titles under my belt and am friends with the biggest names in the industry (the older ones).
Games companies want anonymous youngsters, who will remain unknown, work on a sallary, no royalty payments, work 24 hours a day and cope with visionless Producers who are on the same money as them if not more.
A simple test:
Name a musician... any one you like.
Name a book author.
Name an Actor again any one you like...
Now. Name a video games programmer.
Obviously this test only works for prople who arn't IN the games industry. But considering the video games market makes more money than Hollywood and the music industry combined, I think its shocking that no member of the public could name a single games programmer.
Instead of promoting programmers (the talant) they promote the business exec.
Now we interview Terry from accounts...
Tell me Terry, how did you manage to develop that fantastic game
...well er.. I sorted out the finance, got some people who think they know what they're doing (called producers) had them sit on an infinite number of monkeys and hey presto...