“So… you just play games all day?”

10 09 2010

My family doesn’t understand exactly what it is that I do, and even those that do understand are a little baffled by it all. It can make for some awkward conversation.

At a funeral we all recently attended, my uncle decided to make with the small talk, and then probably wished he hadn’t.

“So you write computer games now, eh?” he started.

This is a common opener from family and acquaintances. I studied Computer Science at university, so the obvious next step is to go into programming of some sort. Hence, when someone who doesn’t know my life all that well hears that I’m doing something to do with ‘games’ and ‘writing’, the connection there is clear. I must be writing games.

“Well… no, not exactly” I begin to explain. During my explanation, my uncle’s face moves in ways which suggest he’s now a lot more confused than he was at the start of the conversation.

“So… you play games all day and write about them then?” he inquires, with a look of ‘that’s not a real job’ about him.

Again, a common question. The way I answer this question depends on who I’m speaking to – if it’s a friend, I’ll fire back “Yeah I do. See how crap your job seems now?”, while if it’s someone I don’t know as well, I’ll sheepishly reply “Well, not all day…”

Trying to convince people that games journalism is indeed a ‘real job’ is far more effort than it’s worth, and sometimes it’s easier to simply go along with the ‘Yeah, it’s proper cushy’ angle. Of course, any games journalist knows that it’s far more work than anyone will ever give us credit for, but pretending to outsiders that all you do all day is ‘have fun’ is actually rather entertaining.




11 responses

11 09 2010

It’s just as bad if you make games. To taxi drivers I just say ‘I work on computers’ and leave it at that now.

Also being coerced into explaining to your grandma that you’re making a game about condom hatted marines going into people’s rude bits is extremely traumatic.

11 09 2010

haha thats great. good story.

11 09 2010
rehan t

I know how you feel. I’m a freelancer as well and it’s really hard to explain to people what it is I do, especially . But I do it for my own satisfaction, not theirs. And their disapproving look has become some sort of encouragement, in an odd way. Keep it up.

11 09 2010

Who cares what they think?

You are whatever they think you are. No use to argue with them. Just smile and move on to do something that makes fun etc. πŸ˜‰

11 09 2010

You look abit like Edward Norton in that pic

11 09 2010

Been there. Even if you make more money than most of them, they will still think you have no job…

“Yes, yes, but when will you find a real job… that’s not a real job!” – I’m sure that’s what they said for train engineers back when steam engine was invented.

11 09 2010
Michael Rose

Cheers for the comments guys, glad you enjoyed it.

9 04 2011

lets be honest, you’re more like a PR man for certain selected indie game developers… that’s basically what your job is. πŸ˜‰ not that it’s a bad thing!

12 12 2011

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25 02 2014

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