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Feature: 'Question of the Week Responses: Industry Starts?'

In today's main Gamasutra feature, we ruminate on the fact that getting into the game industry can take a lot of work, and there's nothing quite like your first job in ga...
In today's main Gamasutra feature, we ruminate on the fact that getting into the game industry can take a lot of work, and there's nothing quite like your first job in games. So, for a touch of nostagia, and a look at the whole process of breaking into the industry, the latest Question of the Week asked of our audience of game professionals: "How did you get your start in the video game industry?" Of the multitude of responses, some of the best are both historic: "While I was an MIT undergrad, a couple of my closest friends were co-founders of Infocom in 1979. Zork, which they had hacked together in 1977 on mainframes at the MIT Lab for Computer Science, was going to be launched on the TRS-80 and Apple II, and they needed someone to playtest it. Because I had avoided playing Zork up to that point (I feared getting sucked into a time sink), I was the only friend they had who was able to play as a "newbie." So, starting in December 1979, I was paid to play Zork. I quickly fell in love with it, and would happily have continued playing for nothing (though I was careful not to tell anyone that!). I ended up at Infocom throughout the 1980s, co-founded Boffo Games with Steve Meretzky in the early '90s, and I've been at Harmonix since 1997. -Michael Dornbrook, Harmonix Music Systems" ...or life-transforming: "It all started when I got an Atari as a kid, and I have been playing games ever since. To make a long story short: I got a degree in economics, then worked at a bank for 5 years. Though I was making decent money, I had many visions of a painful and unhappy future, so one day I up and quit. Then I applied to every game company in Southern California and got a job testing games for 8$/hour at Midway, 80 miles from my house. I remember the first day I came in and sat down and looked around at all these crazy dudes playing games with toys all over their desks, talking smack and having fun. I was overcome with joy, and remember thinking, "These are my people." -Tony Dormanesh, Midway" You can now read the full Gamasutra feature on the subject (no registration required, please feel free to link to the article from external websites).

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