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What's your day job?

rcarlson profile image Robert Carlson 惻1 min read

I think there is an assumption that game developers are either college students or software developers by day :) I wanted to challenge this assumption by asking the community what they do for living. Be as vague or as specific as you want. I think it's helpful for us to see the unique backgrounds we all have coming into game development!

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Ian

I currently work two jobs. One is building software for an Esports company and the other building software for a Minecraft server, I currently am lead development on a microsoft partnered server for their website and the tools behind the scenes that allow moderation of their sister companies server.

Handed in my resignation the other day for Esports and will be taking on more work on the minecraft side - it pays surprisingly well :)

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bbaraga

Yes. Minecraft has a lot of money in it.

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Robert Carlson Author

I just recently got into minecraft, do you see the numbers increasing or decreasing with the player-base?

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Ian

What do you mean? Revenue wise?

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Robert Carlson Author

player-base wise, i'm wondering if the game is gaining or losing players.

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Ian

We are relatively new and are hovering around 2,000 players. Growing every day

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Chris Pluta

Good luck with the job shift! Going from two jobs to one is always nice to be able to focus on one thing again. šŸ˜„

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Camilla Santiago

Software Engineer.

People who also code at their free time used to baffle me. A mixture of confusion and amazement. Now that I'm also trying my hands on game development, I kind of understand. Now it's all I want to do!

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Chris Pluta

A while back @rcarlson and I were talking and he went on a week vacation and when he came back he was so pumped on his 3D platformer he built. He started handing out builds to a few people and started asking "what should I do next?" lol. I really got a kick out of it when it happened.

I think having something different than your day job just helps decompress, or at least help the day along to try solving your next new problem.

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Ryan Gails

Lol yeah, it's amazing how getting into something can make you change your view on it! Once you find something that you're really interested in everything else can kind of fade away!

What kind of software do you make at your day job?

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ro

School

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Robert Carlson Author

What are you going to school for?

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ro

Not college just yet. Still in secondary school. Im planning on going to college for computer science though

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Robert Carlson Author

Excellent! I never managed to finish college myself, but good on you for setting your sights high!

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ro

Thanks! Well the goal is hopefully to join a game studio as a programmer (im not sure if you can be a programmer and a designer ) but thats a while away so for now Iā€™m just focusing on making some fun games and trying to get the bray-tec engine to be able to run some fun games.

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Ian

You mostly apply for one role or the other unless it's a smaller studio. There is no way you can do both to the highest quality. Some indies hire where you partake in different parts, but as far as established studios go, you go one route or the other and specialize.

Good luck and have fun!

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ro

Ok, cool. Well ide prefer being a programmer. Ide enjoy working at a smaller one too though. Who knows

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bbaraga

I do professional high-end Auto Detailing

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Ryan Gails

Awesome, what got you into game dev?!

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Robert Carlson Author

I'm in software development but I don't write code anymore. I spend most of my days looking at reports and managing projects and teams. LetsBuild has been a way for me to rekindle my love for coding in an area I'm passionate about... gaming!

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Chris Pluta

I work in software development, primarily web applications. Currently, I'm managing, coaching teams of developers and working with them to design technical solutions for business requirements.

I'm starting to code less in my current position and transitioning to building games, which is why I went into the field in the first place. šŸ˜„

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Ryan Gails

Currently doing software development for a living! Basically just web applications but I do have some experience building a cross platform app using Xamarin.

I'm what people would consider a "full stack" developer, but recently I've focused mostly on front-end work.