[quote=“Tetsuo”][quote=“MaPoSquid”]Why are they complaining about such a light workload?
I’m not kidding. That’s pretty normal in high tech.[/quote]
Well, apparently the IGDA disagrees with you that they shouldn’t be complaining.
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Yeah, all eight of them.
Seriously, what it comes down to is, if you don’t want to work at a company, then don’t. The reason that tech companies work their employees to death is because people USED to get filthy rich at tech companies. One of my dear friends from my second-to-last employer has a half-million-dollar house completely paid off, at the ripe old age of thirty-five, with his “homemaker” wife and a bouncing toddler, all because his stock options paid for the whole thing – and that was even after the tech collapse wiped out 93.2655% (just checked the stock quote ) of the company’s value since early 2000 (he hung in until the bloody end, leaving and selling last summer shortly before I came to Taiwan).
That’s pretty fucking all right. Yeah, he worked his ass off for a few years, but he is set for life. He still needs to work, at least enough to pay the taxes on his place, but he doesn’t need to worry about a mortgage, and if the absolute worst came to pass he could relax for a couple of years. That is quite nice for a whole family after a mere 12 or so years in the workforce.
By way of comparison, a few years back, I asked someone out whom I’d known since high school. She turned me down, because she didn’t have the evening free – that or any other. She was working three jobs, two 40-hour/week ones and one part-time one, all of which were minimum-wage deals (I saw her at her fast-food joint job; turned out she also did office cleaning at night, and home cleaning on weekends).
How terrible for her, frankly. I really can’t imagine slaving away for just enough to get by. It’s as bad as the Filipino nanny/maid/slave jobs here in Taiwan, but with no “go home in two years with enough saved to start a business” exit plan.
These game company employees either (a) love their jobs, (b) still hope to make a killing, or © are dumber than a bucket of rocks, if they are working 100-hour weeks just to get by. Either (a) or (b) are sufficient to keep at it.
In short, Tetsuo (what does that mean, anyway??), you are baying at the wrong moon. If you want to pity someone, and demand a change in working conditions, griping about the poor game developers in first-world countries ranks somewhere below griping about the poor septic-tank cleaning service employees in first-world countries.