My Life Plan sort of relies on me having at least minor success with independent games, to complement a shit, low paying job. If I can do that, I'll be happy. Yeah, success doesn't come easy- or often- to indie devs, but, damnit, I'm going to do it anyway.
Now, working for a large games company? The fact that "Work for Bethesda" is a running gag in my group aside, I can definitely see myself aiming for a job in the big leagues, regardless of income.
It would be intresting, in theory, but there's no chance in hell you could get into that business easily. Especially not in Sweden. Even if we do have a few game developers here we graduate tons and tons of nerds that want to make games every year.
It's something that I would absolutely love to do, and considered going on a course and getting the necissary skills and then I took a good look at the billions of other people and their mums I would be competing against and chose a proffession where I would at least have a chance at making some headway. Which is not to say that I've settled, I'm still working in the entertainment industry it's just a different sector is all.
I was chatting about this yesterday with my friends, he said he would be a video game tester, but i joked about that and said "no, what i will do is make the story for a videogame since you get paid much more and thats whats videogame companies are looking for nowadays".
I'd like to have a project to work on for fun, just a small little mod or full out game. However, I'm incapable of drawing (or doing any kind of art), I can't animate, I can not code at all and I'm not a musician. Closest is I have a lot of ideas (I think) and I can write pretty well (again, I think).
It would be cool and once I graduate I will have the necisarry skills for game dev but I could make 71k starting in the defense industry or about the same in consulting and about the same working for A different type of software dev that makes productivity software
I voted "pipe dream", but my actual vote would be, "I'd love to get back in, if I thought I could earn anything remotely close to that $50k figure these days instead of the starvation wages I earned in it back in the '90s." I also suspect that my skills are obsolete or too rusty these days.
PS: reCaptcha sucks; it's not even using real words anymore. "Expag Sdriften?" WTF?