I’m a gamer from way back when. I have seen the industry, and that’s what it has become, go from block text graphics to the online tournament and competition games we can’t do without. The speed at which everything from the gameplay to the joystick response time is nothing short of incredible. What is more incredible though is how much money someone can make by becoming a part of the gaming culture.
I am going to give you four basic ways that most people can use to make gaming a way to put a lot of money in your pocket. After reading these ideas, you will not think the idea of making money gaming is so crazy after all. Of course, not everyone can take advantage of all these methods, so find the one that suits you the best.
The first and most obvious way is to develop games yourself. I went down this road when I started getting involved with PC programming, and beyond being a lot of work, you need to be familiar with a number of hardware and software nuances. Object oriented programming has helped a lot in trapping many of the keyboard and controller errors, but the requirements to get your program in front of a real marketer can be stiff. Apple has a 500 plus page guide that developers need to abide by before submitting an app. Going it alone to try and market your program can not only be difficult, but expensive.
Another way to make some money is through beta testing. Personally, as a programmer, I hate testing of any kind. It is tedious and detailed work that can get boring fast. Keeping logs of every bug can wear yo out if the program you are testing is really buggie. Then you have to retest that part of the program that has been fixed and hope the same bug does not reappear.
I should stop here and mention that the pay for these first two choices can be from zero to mattress stuffing piles of money. If you go down the programming path, you may find that all your effort does not result in making more than $1 an hour because what you thought was a hit ended up a dud. With testing, don’t expect to make much money playing video games. The advantage is that you get to meet people in the industry who may find your talents useful in a permanent, full time position.
One of the most logical ways to take advantage of your expert level gameplay is to write or create a video walkthrough. Of course, you do not want to give everything away, but there are a lot of walkthroughs on YouTube that lay out the basics of how to play. So this is a matter of having the right way to talk about the game that people can relate to. Because of the intense competition you will probably have to come up with some unique way to make your video walkthrough stand out from the crowd. Sometimes choosing the right game can do the trick. If you do a walkthrough of Grand Theft Auto you can be sure there will be a ton of people who want to jump on the bandwagon.
The last option I’ll discuss is the simplest, but it takes a certain knack for writing. Create a blog. The biggest problem I have found in writing any blog is that it takes a lot of time to build a following. As with walkthroughs, there is a lot of competition and then you have to find a way to create a revenue stream. The game developers are way ahead of you on this, having a huge number of contacts from previous customers. Getting a visitor to sign up for a weekly mailer is different than getting someone to pay for your newsletter or blog. If you place PPC or other types of banner ads to generate revenue, that can take an even longer time. Blogging may be the slowest way to make money from your life of gaming.