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National Video Games Day & National Day of Encouragement

Entertainment & Encouragement

You have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.
— L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Do you have a passion for gaming? Today we are encouraging gamers like you to pursue your hobby and turn it into a long lasting career. The video game industry has come a very long way with the advancement of technology. It is now worth billions of dollars! This means that there are a ton of job opportunities with large companies like Tencent, Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, Sony, Jam city, Electronic Arts and more. If you have a passion for gaming, think about a career as an audio/game programmer, game designer, writer, game producer or one of the options below.

  • Are you an artist or dreamer? Do you like to doodle or edit pictures? Consider a career as a multimedia artist/animator. Invest in computer science or graphic design classes. This will help build your portfolio and your style.

  • Maybe you’re a perfectionist. A job as a game tester is perfect for a true team player and dedicated gamer. If you enjoy spending 8 hours a day (or more) playing video games, and you’ve got a great eye for details, this could be a job for you. Most game testers are hackers and have studied some type of computer science.

  • Are you the one patiently teaching your parents about the latest tech? Do you have exceptional communication skills? Consider learning a second language and you could have a successful career as a Customer Support Agent in the Gaming industry.

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
— J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

What’s the best gaming console?
#1: Playstation (38%)
#2: Xbox (38%)
#3: Nintendo (21%)

What’s the best video game franchise?
#1: Super Mario (47%)
#2: Call of Duty (21%)
#3: Donkey Kong (19%)
#4: Grand Theft Auto (19%)
#5: Pokemon (16%)
#6: Zelda (13%)
#7: Sonic the Hedgehog (13%)
#8: Final Fantasy (9%)
#9: Halo (9%)
#10: Crash Bandicoot (7%)

How often do you play video games?
#1: Everyday (31%)
#2: Rarely (31%)
#3: 2-3x a week (23%)

When do mobile gamers like to play games on their phones?
#1: Whenever I’m bored (66%)
#2: When I’m watching TV (41%)
#3: Before I go to sleep (39%)
#4: When I’m on the toilet (34%)
#5: During my breaks at work (21%)
#6: Whenever I’m eating (20%)
#7: Before I leave for work (12%)
#8: On my commute to work (8%) (Survey of 1,000 Americans)

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