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AGDC: A Study in Opportunity

Posted Sep 16, 2009 by Jon Wood

AGDC: A Study in Opportunity

Garrett Fuller returns with his column this week revolving around opportunities for careers within the gaming industry both from the inside and out.

Garrett Fuller

This week I am at Austin Game Developer Conference. Today's column will be short, but I wanted to write something for anyone who is interested in entering the video game industry as a career. As the down economy has impacted everything in our world over the last year, there are still pockets of growth to be found. After my first day here at AGDC I have seen some amazing stories of growth in video games. Sure, some of them are on a small scale, but those who have the drive to get out there and make games, even if it is from the basement of their house, have a chance to excel in this business. As technology and software expand further into our everyday lives, games are becoming a more common form of entertainment. This creates an environment that presents endless opportunity.

The mobile game market is booming and phone games are continuing to grow. The great part about programming games on this level is that they are not as complex as full scale games. If you have the desire to do something in this industry, mobile games are a great place to jump into right now. Smaller companies are being formed for just this purpose and it is great to see the drive they have to get their games out there.

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