So with X number of days left until the end of the world, I thought I’d share my experiences of this year. I’ll make this statement right off the bat: if the world did end on the 21st, I wouldn’t regret anything. I made a promise to myself standing outside the IGN offices on the first of this year that I would do anything to get closer to working in the game industry. In the weeks that followed I planned out an epic array of events, launch parties, meet-n-greets, etc. The only problem was that I didn’t know how or who to contact in order to show up to these things.
The first real event was CES 2012, which wasn’t easy – not because of the invite, but because my work schedule was crazy busy. My boss and I went at the last minute on the last day (if you’re going to an event make sure that you go for all possible days. One day convention trips are awful. It felt rushed. One of the attractions at which I unexpectedly had the most fun was in automotive development. Audi had this really awesome layout on the show floor and the exhibitors were well informed. I was working with Samsung at the time and their show floor was HUGE. Some of the products we got to test out were outrageous, with 3D technology and organic LED (it was so thin and the colors were so deep!) Lastly, we went over to the Microsoft booth and got to play a lot of the new Kinect games plus the selections for the upcoming Summer of Games. I wasn’t blown away by CES, but it was a step in the right direction. I got into contact with people I that knew through YouTube and IGN to help me get into the new round of events.
I knew that working with Samsung was going to keep me from fulfilling my career goals, but I couldn’t just quit, ’cause rent needs to be paid. I tried applying to websites for intern or base level positions, but to no avail. I caught a break when I was invited to IGN’s First Friday where I got to meet up with a lot of my long time favorite editors. Stepping into that office, I felt a stir in my very core letting me know that I belonged there. I started working on my own blog and contributing to various sites, producing as much content as possible in order to be recognized. After a few months I was on a roll, coming out with a new review or article each week. Nothing I wrote blew up or hit major headlines, but it kept the monotonous day-in day-out with Samsung at bay. What finally broke the camel’s back was when I had an opportunity to go to an Nvidia event on behalf of IGN and my day job got in the way. I quit and found a new job in politics and campaigning to pay the bills until I make it in the gaming world and haven’t looked back since.
That was just the beginning of my year. Spring and summer got a hell of lot more exciting so be sure to come back.
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