Wake-and-Bake and Working on Video Games

Dear Brian,

Is it worth it to smoke weed early in the day and continue with daily work or just smoke a spliff at night to relax?

I have tried smoking early in the day. Its fine for some time., but then I feel lazy for the whole day and keep on smoking ( maximum 4 J’s). But every time I am free and want to do something or visiting a new place I feel like doing it while I am high. Am I close to addiction? I am 23. I have been smoking weed since 3 years.

I wake and bake sometimes, and I’ve also found I can’t sleep when I smoke too late at night. My weed high lasts a few hours, and, since it’s expensive and I do it for the creative effects, I don’t like wasting those creative thoughts on dreams.

I’m not qualified to tell you whether or not you’re an addict, and if you call an addiction specialist, I’m sure they’ll tell you that you are simply for not being sober. It’s really up to you to decide.

I don’t consider myself an addict, but I’ve also consumed a lot of cannabis over the past 35 years. I do it because I enjoy it and don’t see anything wrong with experiencing life stoned. I’m also not one of those potheads who judges users of other narcotics like opiates.

The way I see it, what you put in your body is your problem. When you start to make it everyone else’s problem, then society intervenes to resolve that problem. If you’re not harming anyone and are conducting yourself as a peaceful member of the community, I don’t see a problem with you at all.

However, if you’re having trouble motivating yourself to do anything while stoned, then perhaps you shouldn’t do it. People (including me, as I’m a person) have a tendency to be lazy sometimes, and you should practice moderation and balance to ensure you’re putting forth the effort you need.

So if you want to get high and go somewhere or do something, go for it – just keep yourself out of trouble and do your best to be “normal.”

Dear Brian,

How can I eventually join a major gaming company?

I’m in College now, Singaporean student. i.e. Choice of University Degree when I go on to University in 2 years’ time, Extra-curricular Involvements I aspire to join a gaming company like Bethesda and help create a gaming masterpiece like Skyrim. I’m willing to work hard.

Bethesda’s PR company for E3 the last few years has been FortySeven Communications. In the U.S., E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) and PAX (Penny Arcade’s annual event) are the largest video game trade show/conventions.

Bethesda is one of many huge gaming companies you’ll be able to rub elbows with. Purchasing a ticket (or registering as a media analyst with at least 10,000 unique monthly visitors and/or an assignment letter from an accredited media outlet) to one of these events will give you the opportunity to speak with reps from any and all major gaming companies at once.

So, if you want to be a part of the video game industry, that would be my suggestion (aside from simply doing a search for video game jobs or simply going to Bethesda’s website). 

Of course, it’s important to know what it is you want to do specifically. “Work on Skyrim” or even “Design a game like Skyrim” aren’t legitimate nor realistic goals. Even if you got a job at Bethesda, the odds of you being assigned to Skyrim are slim.

Video game development is a cutthroat business, and I’ve seen people with huge successes like writing the script for Halo 2 end up having trouble finding a job by the time Halo 3 came out. 

Many companies are also very difficult to work with. Nintendo is notoriously old-fashioned and a difficult employer unless you truly are drinking the “Everything Nintendo is the best and nothing else exists” Kool-Aid.

You’ll hear these types of stories all the time at a place like E3, which is why I recommend going. E3 is closed to the public, however, so you’ll have to find your way in.

If you truly want a career in video games, you need to specifically know what technical skills you bring to the table – 3D modeling, animation, software engineering, music production, scriptwriting, box art, etc. Video games are demanding (especially MMO’s) and you’ll work extremely hard for low pay and little respect.

Personally you couldn’t pay me to work for a big video game company (or any company), which is why I stick to creating online content.

Good luck in your job hunt though. One of the nicer people I met at E3 over the years was a programmer from Singapore, though he worked for a mobile game company in Singapore, not Bethesda.

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