Some people say that the dream job is to play video games, write about those games, take videos of them, etc. That job does exist and Stardock is looking to hire someone to do it.
The job is called Content Developer.
What does this job entail? Basically, playing our games and helping us get the word out to people what we’re doing via video, articles, screenshots, etc.
Here’s an example using our friends at Firaxis as an example: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/civ-vi-spain-reveal/
This person plays the games, takes screenshots, takes video, edits the video and helps make sure people know about it. It’s partly a marketing job and partly a game developer job.
Historically, I’ve done this job myself. So I can say with some authority that it’s a pretty awesome job. But as much as I love doing it, I am supposed to be writing AI, fixing bugs, attending endless meetings and talking to partners.
I did this video:
Here is the original version we worked from (and yea, that's my voice with my script):
In the Offworld Trading Company video, I wrote the script, captured the video, edited it together in video and then recorded it. Then, once we had the pacing down, I worked with Mohawk to get the right voice actor to read the script and then a final pass with the art team to clean up any remaining rough edges.
And I did the above while working on Ashes of the Singularity and being President of Mohawk, CEO of Oxide and Stardock along with my other jobs. The point being, it’s a fun enough job that we’ve all hung on to doing this ourselves for a long time.
Here are some examples of really good content developers:
Cruasder Kings II: Developer Diary
My primitive GalCiv II AAR:
Screenshot taken of Stellaris and posted online
My Wiki entry for Ashes of the Singularity’s history:
Endless Space 2 being demoed at Gamescom
When we were smaller, we would take care of it piece meal. But in the next year or so we’ve got:
So we need someone dedicated to this stuff.
This is a full time job. While there’s a mild preference for the person to be able to be here either in Stardock Plymouth (Michigan) or Stardock Towson (Maryland) it really could be done anywhere in the world.
And yea, it is basically the funnest job in the world – which is why we haven’t hired someone to do it. We love doing this stuff.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's suppose I am being radical here and say, that anything which does not impact a games mechanics in some way, is not game development.
Ok, I get how this is a marketing job. But I don't quite get, how it is a game developer job.Let's suppose I am being radical here and say, that anything which does not impact a games mechanics in some way, is not game development.
Stepping in from the sidelines...I would expect that the promotion of...and feedback therefrom of a game would definitely influence game development direction/focus...so yes, there would be an 'impact'.
I'm sure Frogboy can clarify...
That sound like a great job. I have a deep sexy radio voice and I love editing music & videos to produce awesome game play vids, but alas I would be beaten with the wife broom to jump careers. A man can dream... a man can dream.
I'll give it a go, after all I've "begged" for a job before on this site.
Working for you guys would be my DREAM JOB!
The crying smile emoticon is broken. -crying smile
Sounds like an awesome opportunity.
Well, actually, it sounds just a bit too good to be true.
Forget that cynicism though, sometimes we can have nice things.
Sounds like the greatest job ever. I put my application in.
I know a guy, will send him a link here.
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