We game developers get a variety of responses after we mention our profession, so I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of responses from a thread on Reddit and some of my own.
1. “I had a great idea for a game! Want to make it and split profits?”
This is one of the most dreadful things to hear as a game developer, game ideas are a dime a dozen and there is no shortage of them.
2. “Cool! I wish I could get paid to play games for a living!”
It’s a little bit more complicated than this. Think about writing a 5000+ line essay, and then it needs to mesh perfectly, every single word fitting together with another.
3. “Oh! What games have you made?”
If your answer isn’t a major retail game, like Call of Duty or Minecraft, you’re going to get a response like “Oh, so you’re not really a game developer?”
4. “How much money do you make?”
5. A look of disapproval from anyone 55 years or older.
6. Oh, when are you planning on getting a real job?
7. Can I try your current game?
If I express any disinterest, that means I’d really rather not right now. If I do let you, please understand that the game may not be finished and we’ve probably already got it planned.
8. “Don’t you need to college(university) to do that?”
9. Aren’t you a bit young? (or a look of ‘yeah, right.’)
There’s a social stigma surrounding any sort of technology-creativity that any <18 cannot do anything seriously, and this could not be any more wrong. Grab a book on it, learn to Google, and you’re on your way.
10. Have you made any iPhone apps, it’s a big market!
<sarcasm>No, thanks! I’ve never heard of it before you asked me!</sarcasm>