I thought I’d take a look at what some of these “higher up” had on their LinkedIn profiles. I think that for us to understand how games are created by these companies, I think we need to understand their journey. I mean, it’s kind of like a video game too. Only it’s real people, and there are less monsters, killing, and stuff. Today I will be Looking at Alistair McNally.
Alistair McNally. Alistair McNally has over 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. Talk about a jack of all trades. This guy has literally done so many different things in the gaming industry. Right now he is a Senior Direct, and works in Creative Development at BioWare Edmonton & Montreal. He has definitely worked in many different positions in management and art. He has a Director of Art and Animation for BioWare. He was a Studio Art Manager for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. He worked as a Producer for Electronic Arts, has been a Lead Artist more than once. These are just a small glimpse at the amazing jobs he has had.
I believe that to be able to work in the gaming industry, you have to be able to be like Alistair McNally. No, I don’t mean have all these super crazy awesome jobs, but having a drive and willingness to do a lot of things that maybe aren’t familiar with right away. I also think that valuing what you do, and having the confidence to move up in the company is a huge factor as well.