The Age Old Question: Why Didn’t Ned Choose a Video Game Career?
If you read my blog, listen to me on air, or know me, you'll know that I have a massive up-session with video games. Even the majority of my blog at WGRD.com is about 95% about video games! Heck, I even make a video series on video games!
So why didn't I get into a career focusing on video games?
It's a good question, and I actually have been asked this question a hand full of times, and the answer is simple...
I didn't want to start hating something that I have grown to love.
I simply love the fact that I love video games so much, that I want nothing to do with creating them. You know when you get home from your job, and you say how you want NOTHING to do with work when you get home and you just want to relax?
Well, imagine doing video game creation as a job and coming home and not wanting to play video games, that's me! I love looking and playing what other people have created so I can enjoy it! I gotta give video game designers and programmers a round of applause, because it's something I don't think I could do.
I love being in the spotlight a little too much to do that, so Radio works out quite well for me. Promoting music, talking on air, etc...I love that stuff.
Researching video games, where they came from, who designed this and that, it's all utterly fascinating to me. Just like someone when they enjoy reading American History. Listening to the music that composers created for video games, the struggles that they had to deal with when creating it, etc. When I get a chance to break out some obscure knowledge about a video game franchise and it's history, I love seeing the look on peoples faces, even when it's a face of confusion, which is incredibly often.
If you sit at my desk, I am not listening to music. You'll hear videos spitting out history of video games, retrospectives, Angry Video Game Nerd, etc. It kind of relaxes me in a way and actually makes me work harder at what I do.
Video games are incredibly personal for me, which to most may sound childish, but watching video games evolve over the years is amazing. You can write me off as a nerd, but I think the word 'nerd' has evolved over the years. Also, believe it or not but I am married, so not every gamer lives in their mom's basement.
In closing, I didn't get into a career in video games because I enjoy them so much that I don't want to create them. It sounds crazy I know, but if you think about, video games are my 'happy place.' A place where I don't think about anything and just play a game! Also, if you never got the memo, but I prefer games like the ones listed below...
- Final Fantasy (Everything up till FF9)
- Resident Evil
- Super Mario Bros.
- Legend of Zelda
- Harvest Moon
- The Last Story
- Sim City
- The Last of Us
- Silent Hill
Sorry if there is no Call of Duty or Madden there, they just aren't my jam.