It can be tough for software development professionals to crack into the Gaming industry. Veteran programmers will tell you that it takes passion for game development and a strong portfolio of gaming projects to even be considered. Job seekers often ask me how they can get the skills and experience they need to get their foot in the door.
It is possible to transfer skills from related industries, like computer simulation to video game development. A good example is Terry Michaels, Sony Online Entertainment, Everquest Developer, who used his experience as flight simulator programmer to land his first gaming job. For more of my thoughts on building your experience in industries related to gaming check out my video post below.
I suggest if you want to land in the gaming industry, get your hands dirty with real-time programming environments as soon as you can.
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