Getting started in any industry is definitely an uphill battle. How much education plays a factor, what companies you should apply to, what job you should expect to land, etc. With many people actively seeking a new career in the gaming industry, many people wonder what it takes to break through. Dave Perry
, game developer extrordinaire, posted an interview
with none other than Ed Boon
, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat
series, in order to get his impressions and recommendations to those wanting to break into the industry.
Without using terms like "indentured servant" or "voluntary servitude", please describe your ideal protege.
That is the first time anyone asked be that question as I never really saw myself as someone who would have a protege. I suppose it would be someone who has a programming background. Even though I do very little programming now, I've always felt that my background has helped me communicate my ideas to the technical people on our team. So, I'd say, someone with a programming background, a knowledge and understanding of the big selling games and the ability to communicate their ideas clearly. This is especially true today with team of 40-50 people.
Overall, this is a very unique interview
that goes into the thoughts and ideas of the man behind the series, instead of the normal Mortal Kombat