Raven Site Update, Job Guide
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Stomped noticed the official Raven Software web site has been recently updated. The new look includes a Flash-based intro movie and menu, so be sure you've got the latest plug-ins. Raven is the company responsible for such great games like Elite Force, Soldier of Fortune, and Hexen II.
In related news, Raven's Kenn Hoekstra has updated his .plan with a link to a page he's put together on finding a job in the gaming industry. It's mostly an overview of the varying positions in a game company (2D artists, 3D artists, programmers, etc), and how best to have an 'in' in those fields. The page was actually made to answer the inevitable party questions Hoekstra gets of how one starts in the gaming biz. Here's a clip with some good advice:
I can't stress enough how important luck and knowing someone in the business are to If you've ever dreamed of a job in the games industry, here's a guide by someone who knows the score.
Kenn Hoekstra's .plan File
getting a job in the games industry. It really is a crapshoot to forsake all things
and go for it, so have a backup plan. Gaming is a recreational thing, so play games
and work on them in your spare time while you're waiting for your big break. Modify
games like Quake II, Half-Life, Age of Empires, DooM and other titles that have tools
and editors widely available for them and use your creations as an electronic resume.
Become active in a gaming or mod community and learn from the people there. Treat
every opportunity as a learning experience and use the Internet and its resources
to their fullest capacity. Persistence is the key to getting a job in the games
industry. Persistence and a little luck go a long way. Good luck in your search...
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