I’m sorry for writing another of these threads but I’m not sure how much of the usual advice would still be relevant to me. I’m 33, my background is in hospitality but I hate it, there’s no future in it for me and I want to do something else. Videogames have been my main hobby all of my life but I’m not a programmer, web designer, artist ect but I have a little bit of knowledge of how things work under the hood and in the industry. I’d like to get into the games industry, I know it’s very long hours, can often be boring, hard, stressful but games are my lifelong passion, I think it would be an industry where I could fit in, I think the high moments of seeing a game come together and getting to collaborate with coworkers on how to get things to work from combat to story to art ect would be something fulfilling and work that I would enjoy. I’m already used to working incredibly long hours and in a stressful environment.
I’ve bought a couple of Udemy courses on game development in Unity & Unreal Engine, programming, web design, 3d art and animation in Blender.
I can’t really do a course at a college or uni, it’s something I’ll need to learn in my free time.
I’m thinking about making a module for NWN2 (or maybe NWN1 since the HD version was recently released but NWN2’s toolset is more advanced right?) as an easy way to start practicing area and level design, programming, writing plot structure, dialogues, balancing ect.
I’m also planning to make a portfolio website
I’m very aware that this is a long term thing and not something that will happen overnight, that it will take a lot of work and effort.
Based on all of this, do you guys think I have any chance of actually making it into the industry or am I likely too old now? Do you think I’d have a realistic chance of getting hired by a UK game developer some day or are there too few with too high standards these days in this country? I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to making something myself of finding a small likeminded team of new starts. Would you guys suggest trying for a QA tester position at some point or studying, making a bunch of things and trying for an artist or programmer position? I need a lot more knowledge than I currently have so any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome.