So there is a thread in the Blaugust Nook that is essentially an AMA thread where you ask a question for the person above you , and you have to reply to the question the next person asks. The question I got was:
If you could work for a company that creates video games as their largest form of income, which company would you choose and why?
I thought about this a little bit, and while my initial thought was Bethesda I decided that I really don’t know much about them as a company and they’re also more of the parent company that hires development studios to do the work. The company that I landed on was Blizzard/Activision.
I decided to go with them because they have a wide variety of things that I have enjoyed. I played WoW steadily for many years, and I enjoy playing Hearthstone now. The people that work there, at least the ones that they bring out to talk about the products seem to enjoy working there. I’m sure though that it is just like any other company and it isn’t as laid back as they would like you to think.
Running a variety of brands and maintaining them is not easy work. We only ever really see the end result, and I will admit I really don’t know much about the work side of the whole process. I just think that, at least for awhile, I would enjoy having a hand in making something that I enjoy as a player.
In reality though, I think if I did work there I wouldn’t play any of their games. It’s similar to how I view PC gaming in general right now. I work on a computer all day, most days when I get home I don’t want to be in front of the computer. If I was spending 8-12 hours a day working on a game, either through development or testing I don’t think I would enjoy it as much at the end of the day.
Now if they were to come to me and say, “Hey, why don’t we fly you out for a week to get some hands on with something unreleased” you bet I would do it.