223: TGI: Power in the Making

TGI: Power in the Making

It seems an unlikely strategy at first: Join up with your competitors to promote your region and hope everyone reaps the benefits. But what has succeeded for Montreal and Austin is now benefitting the game development community in central North Carolina. Russ Pitts profiles the Triangle Game Initiative.

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Neat article Russ. I had no idea that all this was going on right in my back yard. You're right though when i think of game development I tend to think of LA or New York. Good to know that NC has it's own nice little pool of talent.

Great article, Russ! For anyone who is interested, the next Triangle Game Conference will be held April 7-8, 2010.

Had a lot of fun at TGC last year, very informative and an unparalleled opportunity for networking in the area. Really looking forward to the next one...

Interesting article, Russ Pitts.

I really didn't know very much about the Triangle Game Initiative before reading this article.

I can see how an alliance between smaller developers would be beneficial.

As a programming student hoping to get into game programming or animation once I graduate its nice to know of a place like this. Too bad I already have my list of places I want to work.

1. Blizzard
2. Double Fine
3. Bethesda

None of which are in the North Carolina area.

This list will probably change in a few years. I might even find out working for these companies might suck once I get said dream job. If this happened, then I'll definitely look into this area. Because these developers are smaller than most, I might even get to do a bunch of different jobs I like instead of one job I despise. Thats the good thing about smaller developers: more jobs.

Now.. Valve running Steam.. that's not a conflict of interest.

Managing editor of a magazine using their position to put out a glowing puff piece about an association they're an executive of and that they're trying to grow? That's a conflict of interest.

And the conflict unfortunately taints the article, whether it's true or not, making it harder to believe.

Russ, you should have put some other journo on to this, and let them do some independent digging.

This is certainly an interesting and encouraging read nonetheless. Returning from VGXPO a founder of a small NJ studio putting out their first game recommended moving to the West Coast if you want a job in games, as there just isn't as much on the East Coast. However, it would be great to see a larger presence here, and it's looking like that may happen. With this triangle, Harmonix and newly found Moonshot Games in Boston and developers like Atari in NYC and Vicarious Visions in Albany, getting a job in games on the East coast may be easier.

ccesarano:
This is certainly an interesting and encouraging read nonetheless. Returning from VGXPO a founder of a small NJ studio putting out their first game recommended moving to the West Coast if you want a job in games, as there just isn't as much on the East Coast. However, it would be great to see a larger presence here, and it's looking like that may happen. With this triangle, Harmonix and newly found Moonshot Games in Boston and developers like Atari in NYC and Vicarious Visions in Albany, getting a job in games on the East coast may be easier.

Holy crap, Vicarious Visions is like fifteen minutes from me. That's crazy.

A shame I don't have any of the qualifications they're looking for....

 

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