Worst Careers in the Game Industry
Just like real life, the text game world would be fantastic if you could become your own boss. In most addicting games, we give up grinding for levels, rather then the daily grind, and try to make gold in more creative ways. So, to help the entrepreneurs of text games, here's the worst self-employment jobs in online games.
Creating Game Maps for Profit
Creating maps might sound fun, easy and profitable, but existing game maps created by good-willed players who charged nothing, freely sharing their works with the game community are the most lauded. Furthermore, game clients today support file transfer from dedicated servers, allowing you to download community map packs as they become available.
You're convinced that "girls have it easier" in text games. Free armour, free credits, free ride in the game industry simply for having chest-danglies. So you create a girl character and give her breasts that would garner sympathy from anime characters. You're a sick dude, and you know it. But you're holding the log for blackmail, so we won't tell anyone your secret.
Protection rackets and online game drug rings simply don't work in the text game world. Sure, it'd be fun to roleplay a mobster and throw bricks through shop windows, but you'd probably just get eaten alive by the city guards. And forget turf wars over gleam (an online game drug in Achaea), nobody touches the stuff!
Selling E-Books in MMORPGs
Whether you're writing a harvesting guide or a series of PvP strategy guides, one thing to remember is that piracy is rampant on the internet. Sure, text game communities are smaller, and you might've even heard a few friends say they'd be interested in buying your book. Selling e-books successfully requires that you build a social network of people willing to review and mention your e-book, and it'd be available on Pastebin by then.
So, if you're really desperate for a text game career in the game industry, consider starting from the bottom and doing some volunteer work for your favourite game. Guiding newbies, building areas and eventually Celani work will give you the skills necessary to get a leg up in the game industry. Don't forget, Iron Realms has made a habit of hiring their most dedicated, long-term players. No matter what IRE game you play, your producer was an avid fan of IRE games before it became their career!
Authored by M.K. Barry
Editor: Tony Celentano