Finally! Something new I’ve written is posted online.
Bill for state’s burgeoning video game industry gutted in legislature
Time to reload
My friend Steven Allison recently left his job to become a game master for the online role-playing game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures at the Durham office of Norwegian game developer Funcom. He works third shift, playing the game and monitoring bugs for eight hours, then drives home and heads straight back to his XBox 360 console for a few rounds of BioShock or Rock Band before heading off to bed. At least 10 to 12 hours of his waking life involves playing video games. “I’m living the dream,” he says.
With more than 30 video game-related companies based in the Triangle, including such major players as Epic Games, Red Storm Entertainment and Destineer Studios, the potential exists for the area to become the East Coast hub of game development. The question is whether the state government can develop an incentives package to help this nascent industry grow.