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King of Creation
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

[ Person -> Interview ] - More info on Person: Todd Howard

Todd Howard was interviewed by NPR, talking about working in the gaming industry. Turns out I chose the wrong career path, as the average salary in the gaming industry is $80,000 USD a year. Highlights from the article:

Imagine having a boss who encourages you to play games during the workday.

It's a reality for many people in the video game industry, including Todd Howard. At midday on a recent Friday, he was playing Fallout 3 in his office. When Howard, 39, first started at Bethesda Softworks in Rockville, Md., 15 years ago, his parents told him to have a backup plan.

He didn't need one.

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The recession forced some game studios to close or make sizable layoffs. But ZeniMax nearly doubled in size during the past year, growing from about 250 employees to more than 400, in part owing to its acquisition of another video game company.

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Game Developer Research says there are about 45,000 total employees in the U.S. video game industry, with an average salary of close to $80,000. Salaries can reach into the six figures, and programmers are among the highest-paid. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for computer software engineers, some of whom develop video games, will grow by nearly a third in the next decade.

Check out the whole thing here.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:16 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Parents were wrong. Tragical. icon_drunk
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Jim the Dinosaur
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

hows it going blargh
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:35 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm still waiting for that ultimate bforp vs. Blargh showdown.
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Jim the Dinosaur
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:42 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'd settle for another round of bforp vs vxtrauma

that was a fight to be remembered
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh yeah, I remeber hearing that on the radio, I wasn't really paying attention much. I don't think he talked a whole lot though. Weird.
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Blargh
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:16 am Reply with quoteBack to top

IT is NOT going anywhen until I KNOW

What IT is ?

What is this nonsense We are all Friends here are we knot

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Jim the Dinosaur
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

relax blargh, nobody's gonna fight you, besides bforps fighting days are over, buried his fighting gloves and dug up the tomahawk of peace
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Blargh wrote:
IT is NOT going anywhen until I KNOW

What IT is ?


how're you doing blargh
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:30 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

King of Creation wrote:
/story.php?storyId=122290666">interviewed by NPR, talking about working in the gaming industry. Turns out I chose the wrong career path, as the average salary in the gaming industry is $80,000 USD a year.


80 grand is not that much, especially in the Washington DC metropolitan area with high Real Estate costs and associated taxes let alone the income tax, the hidden inflation tax, and the tax of subsidizing older and younger close and distant relatives who cannot support themselves while they see you making more than them.

In NYC, 120k and you're technically barely making it if you're renting a whole in the wall "flat" for 2k per month.

Now 80k overseas without the taxes and without the proximity of the ones needing subsidy is a somewhat better proposition, until you get a phone call with the latest monetary units request.

What they don't tell you in these evangelism columns is all the 80+ hrs a week work that is pulled with little sleep to get things done.

Unless you're a banker on Wall Street who has the ability to lose billions of dollars and bribe their way to billions more, you don't get something for nothing in this world. There's always a catch and they don't always tell you about it till you're knee deep in the mess.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:49 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

hey we were talking here buddy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:19 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Today was unseasonably varm. No birds. Am writing a very angry letter.

And YOU ? What about YOU, small child ? Did you see that thing about the thing ? icon_drunk
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Jim the Dinosaur
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

multiple times in fact cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:56 am Reply with quoteBack to top

he's a twat, lets ignore him.
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