Learn how to start your career making video games, directly from game industry expert Jason W. Bay. Topics range from choosing a career track, all the way through writing your resume, building a portfolio, starting your job search, applying for jobs, interviewing, and turning your first job into a successful game development career.
In 2012, nineteen-year-old Palmer Luckey—inventor, gamer, dreamer—lives alone in a trailer in Long Beach, California, that he has transformed into a makeshift laboratory optimized to build virtual reality headsets—a technology most believed died in the nineties. Luckey, however, is adamant about its resurrection; so, too, are other visionaries.
Americans spend more money on video games than on movie tickets. Masters of Doom is the first book to chronicle this industry’s greatest story, written by one of the medium’s leading observers. David Kushner takes readers inside the rags-to-riches adventure of two rebellious entrepreneurs who came of age to shape a generation.
Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial video game franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming.
Composed from exhaustive research and hundreds of personal interviews, the Stay Awhile and Listen series divulges the fated meeting that brought the two Blizzards together, the clashes that tore them apart, and their transformation from grassroots democracy to corporate empire.
Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.
More American children recognize Super Mario, the hero of one of Nintendo’s video games, than Mickey Mouse. The Japanese company has come to earn more money than the big three computer giants or all Hollywood movie studios combined. Now Sheff tells of the Nintendo invasion–a tale of innovation and cutthroat tactics.
The Ultimate History of Video Games reveals everything you ever wanted to know and more about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them, and the fanatics who played them. From the arcade to television and from the PC to the handheld device, video games have entraced kids at heart for nearly 30 years.
Why are Japanese video games a worldwide sensation? This enjoyable and informative survey explores the reasons, starting with how Japanese developers raised the medium to an art form. The book also traces the ways in which the developers' ideas infused popular culture beyond the gaming world.
A show about the Tools, Techniques and People in the Live Streaming Industry. Hosted by Pete Wilkins, creator of the Gaming Careers YouTube channel which has taught millions of people how to livestream and grow their audiences on Twitch, YouTube Gaming, or Facebook Gaming
Broadcast in seasons, with season two just starting as of the time of writing, GameDev Radio aims to inform and educate about the world of game design. The hosts are really knowledgeable, entertaining and easy to listen to.
Made by IGN, this podcast handles all the pillars of gaming. We're talking about Xbox, PS4, Switch, PC and Mobile. It's more of a general podcast aimed to keep you informed of what's happening in the space launch-wise. Defintely worth a listen!
Great production quality and it's awesome that they focus on women in the gaming space. We need more of this! What’s Good Games is run by Andrea Rene, who you might have seen on GameStop TV and Kinda Funny Games; Brittney Brombacher of BlondeNerd.com and all three are as talented as they come.
This podcast focuses more on the aspect of playing games than it does the business side of things but it's still great! Most episodes clock in around 2-3 hours so if you like longer shows, look no further. Hosted by the crew over at Giant Bomb, this weekly podcast goes in-depth with news, recent releases, and messages from the audience.
PS I Love You XOXO was a lighthearted PlayStation-focused show, starring ex-IGN editors Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty. There's a slew of professionals in the PlayStation space that serve as guests on this light and funny show.
In yet another podcast that has spawned from hosts who have hailed from a large gaming outlet, Triple Click features Maddy Myers, Kirk Hamilton, and Jason Schreier doing what they do best: Talk about video games. The hosts have all worked at Kotaku at one time and originally hosted on the company’s own podcast, Splitscreen.
Hosts Andrew, Obinna, Zack, Ryan, and Eduardo are all professional game developers. From games for health care to AAA mobile games, these guys have experienced it all.
Game Dev Unchained, hosted by Larry Charles and Brandon Pham. Podcast gives everyone the real inside look at what it is like to be a professional game developer. Every week they'll interview pro and indie developers about jobs, studios, salaries and much more.
Oculus Connect is an annual event held by Facebook that brings VR developers from across the world to collaborate, share ideas, and push the industry forward. This may be the best event for those who are looking to improve their skills in making applications for the Oculus platform.
Originally scheduled for May, this four-day online celebration of gaming will feature speakers from the likes of Remedy, Gearbox and EA DICE, a comprehensive online meeting system via a dedicated app, as well as the annual Indie Showcase championing the cream of indie games development.
The event includes:
- A targeted networking platform to enable 1-to-1 business meetings.
- Exclusive content and data
- Access to online conferences on topics ranging from data, tech, monetisation, investment and sports’ interaction with esports.
- Plus coverage of other markets
GameSoundCon is the industry's leading conference on game music and sound design, featuring over 100 speakers and panelists representing the top names in the industry.
Reboot Develop Blue takes place in the legendary historical seaside city of Dubrovnik, also known as “real world King’s Landing ” from HBO TV series Game of Thrones. More than 1000 companies show up each year.
GDC is an annual event designed for professional game developers and students. And it’s big! Unlike conventions that focus on video game fans, this one focuses on providing education and inspiration for professional game developers.
It covers game-related topics such as the implementation of in-game ads and monetization, mobile gaming and casino titles, competition between giant corporations and indie developers, and many more.
Unite, organized by Unity Technologies, is for anyone who is passionate about creating assets and developing games using the Unity game engine. Depending on the season, Unite takes place in various parts of the world, including the Austin, Texas, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Singapore, and Kochi, India.
Alongside other topics such as marketing and e-sports, it also sheds light on the design and development aspects of games that will help developers understand and solve problems that they may face when making the games. Subjects such as VR and AR capabilities are covered on the second conference day.