The 10 Steps to Becoming a Pro Gamer

The 10 Steps to Becoming a Pro Gamer
Gaming for a living always seemed like some sort of adolescent dream growing up. Being paid to play your favorite game was something most kids only fantasized about, but now in 2012, it actually can be a reality for the truly hard working and talented.


The Art of Play: Video Games Exhibit Opens at Museum in Washington
Voice of America
MARIO RITTER: Six-year-old gamer Jacob Smith enjoys playing at the museum. JACOB SMITH: “Awesome…” Jacob was prepared to take a favorite video game he found there. JACOB SMITH: “I was really excited. I think that you could buy games here.

Chinese gamer tops 10-year charts
Bill Gunderson is a San Diego money manager, financial talk show host, and creator of the Best Stocks Now app. He has been featured in -- or a guest on -- several national financial news sites, including Fox Business, Bloomberg, Barron's, Fortune, ...

Congressmen Threaten Free Speech With The Violence in Video Games Labeling Act
Joe Baca and Frank Wolf want to place on every video game that hits store shelves. Well okay, not every video game. Just every game with an E (Everyone) rating or higher. Only EC (Early Childhood) games would avoid the label.

'Mass Effect' Controversy: How Video Games Have Freed Storytelling
Such storytelling controversies still can't compare to gamer fury over how the best-selling "Mass Effect" video games ended. The "Mass Effect" games carry greater expectations than any book, film or TV series ever could.

Gamer entitlement on the rise: Call of Duty fans call for 24-hour blackout
Globe and Mail
A group of angry Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans is trying to round up support for a 24-hour multiplayer blackout in an attempt to make the hit military shooter's developer alter certain aspects of the game. A video uploaded to YouTube on March...

Globe and Mail

Westeros Deserves Better From The Game of Thrones Video Games
So why has George RR Martin's Game of Thrones series been given such short shrift by video game publishers and developers? While HBO's TV series exploded onto the scene last year, gathering the tale millions of new fans, it's not like it had previously ...

'Game of Thrones' video game This Is War trailer - watch
Digital Spy
The Game of Thrones video game tie-in has been given a new trailer by Atlus. The latest video, titled 'This Is War', highlights the bloody trials and tribulations of life within the Seven Kingdoms. The trailer focuses on the backstory of the game's two ...

DT Debates: Would video game warning labels be helpful or hurtful?
For this week's debate, we're taking on the discussion surrounding the HR 4204 bill, which wants to put warning labels on nearly all video games. Our own Amir Iliaifar and Ryan Fleming go head to head. I'll start by saying I'ma huge gamer.

Videogames Politely Invade Smithsonian Art Museum
Wired News
“The Art of Video Games” opened on Friday, March 16 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (I participated on the advisory board for the exhibition.) This isn't the first time that videogame-related exhibits have been shown at a Smithsonian museum; ...

Wired News

Maxim Has a Weird 'Gamer Girl' Fetish
This week, Maxim launched a contest to find its very own Maxim Gamer Girl. Like a pig hunting truffles in the wild, Maxim will scour the streets of America for the perfect "video game vixen." Wear your "hottest outfit," the magazine commands.

Review: The Smithsonian Celebrates Video Games
"We could not have had this exhibition at any other time than now," says 'chief gaming evangelist' Chris Melissinos, "because we finally have the vocabulary to understand and appreciate [video games]...I believe it's society's responsibility to protect ...


Video Game Quick Hits 3/30/2012
Big Shiny Robot!
A little slow in the news this week, which is probably connected to the slow release schedule we're facing for the next few months. But we've still got a few key items: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has continued to receive good multiplayer DLC ...

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Please Change The Endings Of These Video Games
All of this nonsense regarding the unfavorable wrap-up of Mass Effect 3 got me thinking: Havevideo game endings really mattered that much to me? It seems that endings of books and movies stick with me moreso than their middle content, ...

Gamers' letdown: Smithsonian's video-game exhibit scores low on interactivity
Washington Times
(Photograph provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum) A new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is billed as “The Art of Video Games.” Visitors will encounter beautiful production art, a chronological look at the majorvideo-game ...

Washington Times

Mendon students learn how to make video games
Milford Daily News
By Morgan Rousseau/Daily News staff Beginning Monday, a dozen students in the Mendon and Upton Regional School District will start learning how to create video games. The Video Game Development Club is designed for students who are interested in ...

BSO's summer season includes music of Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, video games
Baltimore Sun (blog)
The only concert in Meyerhoff Hall will be "A Night in Fantasia" on July 28, devoted to music from video games and anime. The program, tied to the Otakon Convention in Baltimore, will be conducted by Philip Chu and feature Jillian Aversa, ...

Baltimore Sun (blog)

Could Scratch be the Key to Maintaining Canada's Video Game Lead over the UK?
Gamasutra (blog)
In 2010, Canada overtook the UK as the world's third-largest video game developer, thanks in large part to an ecosystem of government grants and tax breaks. This support has angered some critics who see it as wasteful government spending, ...

Gamasutra (blog)

Come On, Video Games, Let's See Some Black People I'm Not Embarrassed By
Worse yet, I've never played a black video game character who made me feel like I was cool. Instead, I've groaned and rolled my eyes at a parade of experiences that continue to tell me video games just don't get black people.

Pwned: Nicki Minaj 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' Leaks
by Music Editor JT Well, everything has gone nothing short of awful for Nicki Minaj in the lead up to the release of her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and to keep in proper order, someone decided to go ahead and leak the album, ...


Further declines in video game sales offset Best Buy Q4 revenue
by Mike Rose [Console/PC, Business] Revenue from video game sales continued to decline for major electronics retailer Best Buy in the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year, offsetting sales growth elsewhere for the company.


Video games firm Lucid to open incubator
Liverpool Daily Post
Its commercial director, Andy Davidson, said last week's Budget, which included offering tax relief to video games firms, makes such an incubator an attractive option for companies such as his. He said: “At the end of the second quarter of this year, ...

Wait, Why Isn't The PGA Championship in the PGA Tour's Video Game?
But the PGA Tour licenses this video game. So I asked EA Sports what gives? "Confusion between the PGA Tour and PGA of America is quite common," EA Sports' Craig Evans, the game's director of marketing, told me. "The PGA Championship is a tournament ...

Using a trampoline as video game controller
By Keith Shaw Add a new comment March 30, 2012, 10:55 AM — The Wii Fit game and Balance Board sit on a shelf near the TV, having gone unused for a while, but this video may get me inspired again to merge video games with exercise.

Sweepstakes: Play Video Games With Derrick Williams
Have you ever wanted to play video games with a member of the Timberwolves? Enter today to win a chance to do just that. The Timberwolves are offering a “PlayVideo Games With Derrick Williams” sweepstakes, which will allow you to hang out with ...

Playing Video Games for a Living is Just as Terrible as It Sounds
Game testing and QA positions can be really rough jobs, as previous lawsuits and even a webcomic attest. Though the testing process is vital to good game development, not all developers or publishers necessarily consider their testers to be vital ...

Video game, Chinese boxer docs get cross-country simulcast
AP TORONTO — Films about video game designers and Chinese boxers will be beamed across Canada as part of a new partnership between the Hot Docs film festival and Cineplex Entertainment. Organizers at the Toronto-based documentary festival say its Hot ...

Average Gamer 3.30.2012: WWE Edition
Welcome back to the Average gamer. This week I am starting off my sports game series. This week is wrestling, next week we will have baseball, toss in some golf, then hockey, followed by basketball, and ending up America's new favorite sport, Football.

Video: Game of Ponies |
By Jeff Wysaski
Video: Game of Ponies. Posted on March 30, 2012 by Jeff Wysaski. Are you guys as excited for season 2 of Game of Thrones as I am? To get you in the spirit, here's the opening theme mashed up with My Little Pony…

Playing Video Games For A Living Is Just As Terrible As It Sounds ...
By Kate Cox
Game testing and QA positions can be really rough jobs, as previous lawsuits and even a webcomic attest. Though the testing process is vital to good g...
Kotaku Australia

The Evolving Perception of Video Games - BrokenMyth Studios
By Kate
Video game nation: Why so many play. A journey through the world of video games, which 183 million Americans play – 25 percent over age 50. What's behind the fascination? Temp Headline Image A conventiongoer and the 'Dark Void' ...
BrokenMyth Studios

The Powerful Role of Video Games In Learning | Edudemic
By Jeff Dunn - Executive Editor
According to a new infographic from FrugalDad, video games play a critical role in bolstering a child's ability to socialize, learn, and grow. From therapy to literacy improvement, video gamesare an easy way to get a child's brain to start thinking ...

TODAY: Indie Video Game Showcase and Crowd Funding Jam
By sarahgiffrow
The Indie Video Game Showcase and Crowd Funding Jam session will explore how you can harness the awesome power of crowdfunding to get your indie game project off the ground, and how. If you'd rather play games instead of making them , they'll also be showcasing indie games like ... At BarCamp Portland 6, we will showcase indie video games and explore crowd funding models. The goal of our event is to help local developers and entrepreneurs prototype their projects and ...
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HelloGiggles – Ms. March = Samus Aran… The Most Important ...
By Michele Morrow
Ms. March = Samus Aran… The Most Important Female In Video Game History. by Michele Morrow. Level Up's monthly segment is back! Every last Friday, I will feature one digital starlette by profiling her importance in video game history.

Christian Video Games: Chuck Norris As Mario
By Ashley DeHart
In this fun image, we see the game Super Mario reimagined as a game powered by a great Christian man named Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris is also a Republican.

Double Fine's Kickstarter Project Kickstarts Video Game Funding ...
By Brian P Rubin
Excluding Double Fine's huge numbers, it's clear that the video game category was the recipient of major generosity. “In the month before Double Fine, the Video Games category averaged 629 pledges per week,” says the post. “After Double ...
Inside Gaming Daily Blog

In through the outfield: Archiving video games – the search for the ...
By Neil Infield
On Monday we had a presentation from James Newman and Iain Simons, co-authors of 100Video Games, co-founders of Game City, and co-founders of the UK National Videogame Archive. And what an entertaining pair they made, switching ...
In through the Outfield

ScrewAttack - Angry Video Game Nerd: Sonic Memories ...
By RawmeatCowboy
Get More:, ScrewAttack - Angry Video Game Nerd: Sonic Memories, PC Games, PlayStati...

The Totally Rad Show – LIL WAYNE Video Game! – Def Jam ...
Check out another new music video! The Totally Rad Show - LIL WAYNE Video Game! - Def Jam Rapstar Review Lil Wayne Can a video game turn 3 white dudes into.
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Students develop video game in partnership with the Children's ...
By emi
Rather, as a fellow with the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry (VBC), Gestwicki has led a multidisciplinary team of students in the development of video games that incorporate the best components of game design and exemplify the ...
Emerging Media Initiative

Brandon Sanderson Blog: Announcing the Mistborn Video Game
I've been a gamer since my first Atari, and I wanted to do it right. ... Brandon Sanderson and Little Orbit team up to bring Mistborn Saga to Video games in 2013 ...

10 video games sure to horrify parents | N4G
CA News: 'We thought it would be an eye-opener to look at these particularly racy games and how they pushed the 'ol proverbial envelope.' (Manhunt 2, PC ...

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