So, you want to be in the gaming industry?? Part 1

Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that my advice will lead you to get a job with a big gaming company.

I wanted to provide a list of technology resources so that people can get a feel of what it take to produce a game, or just simply produce your own game, with minimal resources. Many of the sites listed are free to low cost. With coding you can make whatever games you want, but graphics and animation can take it to a whole notha’ level. But today we basic, ain’t nothing to it but to do it!

  1. Code Academy: Its one of the most popular code sites, its free, and there is a section to create your own video game once you learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the jQuery and jQuery UI libraries. http://www.codeacademy.com
  2. Free code camp: This site will teach you how to code, and you can help non-profit organizations by helping them with coding. Some people, with experience was able to obtain a job because of the help they provided. http://www.freecodecamp.com
  3. Coursera: This site provide alot of free classes that are usually beginner classes. The higher levels are the ones you have to pay for, but I suggest trying the free courses to see if game programming is where you want to be. They also provide financial assistance if you can not afford the classes.  This site also have certificate courses if you want to be legit. http://www.coursera.com . There are real schools from all over the world that have professors teaching these courses.
  4. GitHub: This site provide free programming and code books if your the type that can work alone. http://www.Github.com

 

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So, you want to be in the gaming industry?? Part 1

Disclaimer: There is no guarantee that my advice will lead you to get a job with a big gaming company.

I wanted to provide a list of technology resources so that people can get a feel of what it take to produce a game, or just simply produce your own game, with minimal resources. Many of the sites listed are free to low cost. With coding you can make whatever games you want, but graphics and animation can take it to a whole notha’ level. But today we basic, ain’t nothing to it but to do it!

  1. Code Academy: Its one of the most popular code sites, its free, and there is a section to create your own video game once you learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the jQuery and jQuery UI libraries. http://www.codeacademy.com
  2. Free code camp: This site will teach you how to code, and you can help non-profit organizations by helping them with coding. Some people, with experience was able to obtain a job because of the help they provided. http://www.freecodecamp.com
  3. Coursera: This site provide alot of free classes that are usually beginner classes. The higher levels are the ones you have to pay for, but I suggest trying the free courses to see if game programming is where you want to be. They also provide financial assistance if you can not afford the classes.  This site also have certificate courses if you want to be legit. http://www.coursera.com . There are real schools from all over the world that have professors teaching these courses.
  4. GitHub: This site provide free programming and code books if your the type that can work alone. http://www.Github.com

 

Where are the black people in Esports?

What is E sports?

The gaming industry is worth over 30 billion dollars, and have been consistently growing every year. Gaming is now considered a sport, or as some call it an E sport. E sports is an organized multiplayer competition. There have been amateur competitors for years, but viewership have expanded. 71.5 people watched E sports in 2013 alone, and social media has helped viewers from all over the world view events. There are now college e sport teams, and the members have to follow the same rules as the football and basketball players. College E sport participants must maintain grade levels, pass drug tests and they must have good behavior on and off campus. Viewers can even watch E sports on ESPN, and several other outlets. Many E sport participants in the pro circuit make six figure salaries and sponsorship is growing every year.

Diversity

When looking at the pro gamer pictures, I see something missing. There is  not much Diversity on the teams, particularly black people. Though there are no numbers to show how many black people play video games versus other races, this do not excuse the fact fact that in the pro circuits there are no black people. Gaming is so popular that companies outside of gaming have reserved social media, and website names for it. Geico gaming, Monster gaming to name a few is a thing. Even former basketball players Shaq, and Rick Fox have E sport teams, and you guessed it, no black people, despite black men owning their own E sport teams there are no black people to be found. Of course whites explanation is that black people don’t play games like League of Legends, World of Warcraft, which is not true. Not to mention one of the biggest competitions held by MLG (owned by Activision) is Call Of Duty. No one can tell me that black people don’t play Call Of Duty, its one of if not THE biggest franchises in America.

Its very discouraging to see that there are no brown faces in pro circuit E sports, but its even more discouraging when black men own a team and still have no black people on the team. I am a big believer in the quote ” to be it I have to see it”. There’s a lot of black people that want to be in the gaming industry, whether its E sports, or anything that have to do with video game production, but we don’t see people like us doing it. So its kind of like hockey, if Im not seeing black people there then my question is am I even allowed? Will I be treated fairly? Will I have anything in common with anyone? Being in that field makes it a big grey uncomfortable area that get avoided for some. Part of the reason why Black Gamer Network was created was to support black people trying to be a bigger part of the gaming industry. Scholarships, college teams, game development are just some of BGN goals for the future.

Why do Black Gamer Network exist?

First, let me start by saying that it take a lot of courage to come out with a site,blog, or social media account that outright state what you believe in, or who you want your audience to be. BGN content will be geared toward black people of all backgrounds. This is not to shut out anyone that’s not black, but to help give black people the network opportunity, or even just to communicate with each other. On the internet I see the same type of sites for the LBGTQ, Latin, Asian communities. I love that other people love their culture, race, and or sexual orientation. BGN don’t have a problem with supporting other communities, but I do want to have a conversation with Blerds (and others interested) as to how we can become a bigger part of the gaming community.

I grew tired of going into the chat parties on XBOX and hearing the racist jokes, or hearing white guys saying N* even when it don’t make sense to say it. Especially since we have nazis in the White House, people being harassed by racists, I don’t want to come home after a long day at work and hear bigotry.

I think I owe a lot of credit to all of the Blerds on Twitter. I have gained so much confidence, and learned so much from all of them. My hope and dreams for BGN is to become a place where gamers can network/socialize. Gamers will be able to follow each other on social media outlets, including Twitch and Youtube.  I will also like to eventually have production of our own video games, and provide scholorships for the technology field.

Join me on Twitter @blackgamernet, Google +, Discord and Tumblr to have amazing and random conversations.

P.S. BGN(Black Gamer Network) is not to be mistaken for Black Girl Nerds which I love but we are not related.