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Offline Mr_Light

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« Reply #30 - Posted 2008-03-04 10:59:15 »

hey not that I'm the expert on this but getting a games portal up and running it's about quantity first and then focus on quality? having one or two killer games isn't going to get people to sigh up neither?

It's harder to read code than to write it. - it's even harder to write readable code.

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Offline princec

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« Reply #31 - Posted 2008-03-04 12:57:39 »

No, that's exactly the opposite of what it's about - most portals have 1 or 2 killer games and a vast catalogue in the long tail of tedious garbage. You can't just pack a site out with filler and expect it to make money in the long term.

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« Reply #32 - Posted 2008-03-04 13:20:33 »

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You can't just pack a site out with filler and expect it to make money in the long term.

Or actually in the short term. Portals require at least one big hitter from opening to draw people back. If funorb was the only place I could get runescape it'd work.

EDIT: Looking at the site layout, I'd guess starcannon is what they thought would be it, it doesn't cut it for me at least.

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Offline princec

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« Reply #33 - Posted 2008-03-04 14:33:21 »

Yup, I think they thought Starcannon would be the dog's danglies but it's really not. I have learned to my cost that spacey shooters are a relatively small market compared to some other game styles.

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Offline TheAnalogKid

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« Reply #34 - Posted 2008-03-04 14:51:39 »

...then isn't the opportunity for you Cas to submit your games to them?  Wink With the uniqueness/feel your games have I think they would be hits.

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« Reply #35 - Posted 2008-03-04 15:32:40 »

...then isn't the opportunity for you Cas to submit your games to them?  Wink With the uniqueness/feel your games have I think they would be hits.

From an interview with one of the FunOrb people:
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Will you ever get third-parties to help out on the games?
Mark Faulkner: For the most part we're going to do this in-house. We are able to guarantee the level of quality we expect that way.

Which I take to mean that you won't be seeing any independent productions on their site any time soon.
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« Reply #36 - Posted 2008-03-04 17:09:27 »

Hmm but speaking strictly in terms of "level of quality"... don't see that being a problem? Smiley
Offline princec

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« Reply #37 - Posted 2008-03-04 17:20:29 »

If they wanted to guarantee their level of quality... they'd be hiring me  Cool However they are offering about a third the money that I'd do it for, haha. It's not surprising they get monkeys with peanuts that small.

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Offline CommanderKeith
« Reply #38 - Posted 2008-03-05 01:49:31 »


If they wanted to guarantee their level of quality... they'd be hiring me  Cool However they are offering about a third the money that I'd do it for, haha. It's not surprising they get monkeys with peanuts that small.

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Offline kevglass

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« Reply #39 - Posted 2008-03-05 08:39:16 »

Check the jagex job listings.

26k (Sterling) pa for a funorb developer - in the land of the skilled Java developer that ain't a whole lot.

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Offline princec

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« Reply #40 - Posted 2008-03-05 11:40:42 »

Yep -- a skilled Java developer here would typically earn between 1.5 and 2x that salary anywhere else. Which means they'll only pick up desperate people, or people without much of an idea of their own esteem. Neither of which is good.

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« Reply #41 - Posted 2008-03-05 11:47:28 »

Yep -- a skilled Java developer here would typically earn between 1.5 and 2x that salary anywhere else. Which means they'll only pick up desperate people, or people without much of an idea of their own esteem. Neither of which is good.

*sigh* Not in the games industry though. Sad

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Offline CommanderKeith
« Reply #42 - Posted 2008-03-05 12:42:46 »

Thanks. For an experienced programmer I suppose 26k in pounds is not great, but as a starting out person that would be pretty good over here in Australia (the average wage over all jobs is about A$50k which is about 26k in pounds).

By the way, how much do people contract for as game-devs, if you don't mind me asking? Is there an approximate hourly rate?

Offline kevglass

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« Reply #43 - Posted 2008-03-05 12:48:21 »

Best bet is to check somewhere like gamedev career section. I don't see any contracts apart from for microgames. For desktop stuff you seem to have to join a studio permy.

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« Reply #44 - Posted 2008-03-05 13:14:10 »

It's a viciously exploitative industry - supply of programming n00bs rather outstrips demand by a considerable factor which is clearly shown by a) salaries at 50% of the market rate and b) notable lack of free labour in the form of a contract market.

So they tend to attract newbies and the desperate and the result is what you generally see in the games industry. Frankly I can't see why so many people want to be games programmers, it's a lot less fun than it actually looks! A job is a job and programming is a crappy job indeed.

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Offline Mr_Light

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« Reply #45 - Posted 2008-03-05 16:10:35 »

you guys don't negotiate about salary?  Huh

while the grunts are getting exploited, I thought the selected few we're doing pretty ok.

If you have a portfolio as kev or cas, you have some leverage. If you have something to bring to the plate, other then nice stories, then there shouldn't be a problem.

It's harder to read code than to write it. - it's even harder to write readable code.

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Offline princec

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« Reply #46 - Posted 2008-03-05 17:23:32 »

Salaries are only vaguely negotiable... you can get a pretty realistic idea of how much they're prepared to pay by how much their offering. They'll maybe stretch 10% but as I say, there is a huge oversupply of desperate people and rather little money in it all.

I tried to get a simple J2ME game dev contract the other day. They refused to even talk to me because I've not written a J2ME game before. Their loss but doesn't help me does it Smiley

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« Reply #47 - Posted 2008-03-05 18:10:51 »

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I tried to get a simple J2ME game dev contract the other day. They refused to even talk to me because I've not written a J2ME game before.

I can almost understand that. J2ME development is truly insane - or at least, it makes me insane. The differences between implementations are boggling. And it will probably always be that way - as long as there is a rush to get new devices to market, there will be strange/buggy J2ME implementations.
Offline Mr_Light

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« Reply #48 - Posted 2008-03-05 20:45:19 »

It makes sense, that being said make a small j2me game over the weekend.
ploughing though the piles of people submitting resumes.. it's not always the ICT ppl that do the initial selection. So if you don't get picked right off the bat, I wouldn't worry.

Based on my own experience doubling up esp considering on entry salaries is not that unusual provided you can show something to back it up and be willing to work on probation for a while. Knowing someone who already works at a company also helps.

I avoid getting the best deal as it puts a stain on things.

It's harder to read code than to write it. - it's even harder to write readable code.

The gospel of brother Riven: "The guarantee that all bugs are in *your* code is worth gold." Amen brother a-m-e-n.
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« Reply #49 - Posted 2008-03-06 12:30:38 »

J2ME is being phased out completely in the not-too-distant-future anyway, so it's a bit of a crap "skill" to bother with. Jeez, what do these HR people think we do all day? Learned Java once upon a time, now world expert, couldn't possibly do J2ME though, etc...

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