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Wed, Jan. 12th, 2005, 06:01 pm
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

So I got a phone call this afternoon from a place I applied to a short while back. We chatted a little about the nature of the work and I discovered that the team does a lot of testing for Vivendi and Microsoft, , one of their recent projects was Fable and they mostly concentrate on RPGs. The contracts were short and the benefits few since it was aimed for less experienced testers but if you were any good you would get several more, or be made permanent.

So there was a party in my pants going on at this stage, and then came the kicker, the most they would possibly offer would be the same as I was on this time last year. Leaving aside the annoyance that people are getting paid to play games for the same as I was getting for the tedious shit I do, this is rather heartwrenching. So here I am, budgeting.

Wed, Jan. 12th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
evilrobotshane

Does your lifestyle actually consume money to the point that it's worth turning down your dream job for? Time to decide the value of money.

(yes, I know your real actual dream job involves being several dozen metres taller and shooting fire from your eyes, but game testing is the one you talk about most)

Wed, Jan. 12th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

The way it's looking is at that kind of pay, by june, I'd have about 900 quid a month after rent, bills and my loan (some ongoing expenses end then). That's actually pretty bloody good. I'd need to confirm those numbers of course, I wouldn't make a decision based on vague rememberances. Plus I need to bear in mind that I wouldn't be depressed all the time and spending cash all over the place buying crap in a vague attempt to keep myself happy.
It wouldn't leave a massive amount for savings but overall I wouldn't actually be that much worse off.

Wed, Jan. 12th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Plus there's always the chance that something paying more will pop up with them in the next little while, I'm definitely going to follow up with the guy in the next day or so.

Wed, Jan. 12th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
underwonderland

You should go for it. These things always lead to more money in the end.

Wed, Jan. 12th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

It's iffy with game testing as a rule, particularly here, though the main strike against it is that I don't plan on being in Dublin more than another year and a half max (though plans have changed in the past and may change again) which isn't enough time to build the job back up to the level I'm at now. Positions for people like me or at my stage in life are pretty rare unfortunately.

Now I sound like an old fart but as I understand such things (and bearing the plans for saving money and moving to the countryside) by 27 you're supposed to be getting ready to settle into something called a "career".

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
leftoftheedge

I'm 30 (31 in a few weeks). The last career that came within range of me is still in traction in Beaumount Hospital. It can breathe okay, as long as they don't unplug it.

Take the paycut and the job. Unless you want a career.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Well, what I want is money, giant wads of cash but I'm not pushed on the career thing at all (so while I may occasionally make reference to how working in this place is career suicide, it's more of a rhetorical statement - like, if I cared about such things I'd be really upset).

AND, upon further recollection and investigation, while the bloke made it sound fantastic I realise that there were at least two lies in there. The Ad said 28K a year, he said 25K and the Ad said it was games localisation, he said it wasn't but they had plenty of such positions available and I could have one of them.

It's all a bit too dodgy for my taste, if I'm going to live the life of a rural bohemian in a year or two then whatever pays the biggest wads of cash makes more sense.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
leftoftheedge

Ahhh... in that case, don't touch it with a bargepole. Make as much money as you can ASAP and get as far beyond the pale as possible. Tipperary is good. Galway would be better, but they can't hurl worth shit. And it's Galway.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

That's the general plan, except the Galway bit, I prefer Carlow myself. From there on out, it's rural bohemia all the way baby!

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
awakedreamer

I'm not very sure of having understood it all, but ot looks pretty good to me. It really sounds like a dream job, and I'd go anytime for it. Just make sure they don't leave you unemployed after a few months.

In any case, it's really good seeing someone getting closer to fullfill a dream. I'm sure that in less than two years time, I'll see you working on the design of the greatest rpg of all the time :D.