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Question #91965 posted on 01/19/2019 3:10 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I like real-time strategy video games a lot: Starcraft, Age of Empires, Command&Conquer etc. But they also don't pay any money because I'm not pro. And my wife wisely wouldn't approve of me being a professional computer gamer. Is there a career that aligns closely to playing strategy video games?

-My Name Here


Dear Aziraphale,

I would suggest going into video game development. That way, you can be the one to develop the kinds of strategies you like so well.

Barring that, really any job involving algorithm design requires a lot of strategy; you might find it as engaging as some of these video games.



Dear D,

While video game development might be an option, there are many other skills required for that career than simply enjoying video games. Instead I would suggest project management. There are many similarities in Project Management to RTS games like managing your resources properly (time, money, future projects), knowing who you can trust (Mark is really a brilliant guy but he can't explain his thoughts clearly so I'll send Jerry to this meeting on the project), and even competition if you are in the right field (our company needs to get this feature out as soon as possible because Competitors Inc. started advertising for it but we can do it better than them). 

That's just one option. Look at the parts of RTS games that you like and find a career that does those things. If you like the visual aspects then you could go into design. If you like the teamwork aspect get a job where you aren't sitting in a cubicle by yourself but work with people more interactively. There are lots of options.

I will note that one part of video games that most people like is the burst of serotonin you get from winning a match or getting rewarded frequently. That's also the same reason people are drawn to certain social media platforms. This probably won't happen as often in your job but that doesn't mean your job isn't worth it. There's a reason you "play" videos games but you don't "play" on projects at your job (unless you work at Legoland, then you really do play at your job).