I ask Mary Margaret: “Am I too old to enter the video game industry?”
I caught this question in a search string yesterday, and thought for a long while about it. There was a time when the industry was filled with all young-all games-all day people. The industry’s more diverse now, and there are people of all ages in the industry. Still, it’s a really valid question, and one that I didn’t really know the answer to.
So, I asked Mary Margaret of Mary-Margaret.com, and she was kind enough to answer. If anyone would know, I reasoned, she would. Here is her answer which I reprint with her permission:
I’m happy to tell you that now is an ideal time for someone to cross into the games industry regardless of their age. I just placed a guy in his 50s from the music industry into the games industry. Our industry is maturing as we are. As an industry, we are realizing the value of youth and wide eyed energy as well as wisdom and a few crinkles around the eyes of someone who still wants to keep learning.
In my initial email to Mary, I had said, “I am a proponent of people following their dreams whatever age they may be. As a for instance, I have had a family member go from being a classical jazz guitar player to being English prof in his 50’s, and yet another dear friend go from being a secretary to a social worker in her early 40’s.”
This prompted her to say:
I wholeheartedly agree with you. And as I said, with the scarcity of talent, companies are beginning to look harder at more mature people as well as people from peripheral industries.