Hi, I am 15 years old and still in high school. I love RT, and watch or listen to them every chance I get. I write for two sites right now, game-boyz.com, and daxgamer.com. So my question is, how would you go about getting hired by RT, more specifically AH. If I go to college, which would be the best degree to help me land a job with a company like RT or say, IGN? And finally, I already have quite a bit of experience writing about games, so do you think that would help me get hired? Any info is extremely wanted, and thanks for anything you can tell me!
Dear achievement hunter crew and/or community i am currently looking for a video game tester job. i am 21 and going to collage there for i can not afford to move out of Colorado right now. I have looked on the internet for job applications but no mater how much i look i keep finding sites that sell a book that tells you how to become a game tester but i can not afford that either so i am going to you in hope for some help finding a good place to start applying to be come a game tester
Here is what you should do. First of all you don't want to focus your entire life goals around RT. You need a back-up plan. They get many forum posts and emails saying "Dear RT I am you biggest fan ever, please hire me!" What you want to do is become an active member of the community. Start posting intelligent thoughts in other forums, watch the videos, start adding some friends, becoming a sponsor doesn't hurt.
If you really want to make Achievement Hunter videos then you can start doing that now. Go to this URL, and start uploading some community videos. You probably want to try to stay on top of your current games. Pre-order some of the more popular games coming out. Make sure to put an opening title to the game, and a closing title. You can find the appropriate titles here. Here is also a link to the official forum for people wanting to start making Achievement Hunter walkthroughs. I suggest you start there.
You will need to invest in some hardware and maybe some software for this. You will need a video capture card for your console, and some software to record audio (I recommend Audiacity, a free downloadable program) and edit the video for your walkthrough. Be professional, speak clearly, and make sure to say "Hello, my name is such and such from Achievement Hunter" at the beginning of your video, and try to close with something along the lines of "Make sure to visit Achievement Hunter dot com, for more tricks, tips, and guides." having a fantastic sense of humour during these walkthroughs helps a ton with people wanting you to make more. When you become a crowd favorite, that is when RT starts to recognize you and may ask for your help with videos.
This does not guarantee they will hire you, but it will set you apart from the crowd, and cause you to stop just being a fanboy and start "Working" (more like an unpaid internship) for Achievement Hunter. Hope this helped! Good luck!
BTW, Rooster Teeth does not test video games. They have a hard enough time getting anyone to send them early copies of games. I would suggest an actual video game company such as Valve, or Dice, or EA, or Bioware.
Mk. Well if you really need help from the whole community, and you don't want to be hired by Rooster Teeth, then I would suggest starting your own forum. I think you will find a lot of people looking for similar jobs will want to post in your forum, and anybody that knows something would help you out. This forum is entitled Achievement Hunter, and I don't think you will find a lot of information on anything other than how to get achievements, or how to post walkthroughs. You should try either the General Gaming forum, or the General Discussion forum (maybe both?). Personally I don't know how you would go about getting a job in that industry, or where to start, but I know that the guys talked about it on the podcast once, I don't remember which one though. Try asking which one in the Official "what podcast was it?" Thread
(and note: before you post any forums make sure you read the forum rules! They are all different, and you can get banned if you post certain topics without reading the rules first. I will not be responsible if you get banned.)
Only sponsors can edit forum posts (but only within a certain time period of posting it) unless you are the OP, in which case you can only edit the OP. Only sponsors have the ability to edit comments made in journals, and images. I am not sure if everyone is able to edit their own journal entries or if that is an ability reserved for sponsors only as well...
That sucks. That is a problem with technology, you will always require upgrades. I don't know much about capture cards. All I know is that for RvB they use the Blackmagic Design: Intensity. If I get one (which I hope to) I think I will get that one.
I started out on a dazzle. The one I had was used and it was very "glitchy" . Since then I bought a Hauppauge HDPVR which is also $200. It is nice and all but from personal experience I would think the Blackmagic is better because the Hauppauge takes up alot of space.
Yeah that doesn't really affect me though since I'm only 13. But thanks so much. The only reason I'm wanting to learn all this stuff is because I feel like this is something I would love to do. And not wake up tired or annoyed about going to work or intern there when I get older. Working there is my in my top 3 jobs/ dreams cause it would be amazing. Do you have any other advice on how to get noticed in the future or anything else? Thanks. :)
Well I am by no means an expert as you can tell because I don't work for Rooster,Teeth or Achievement Hunter or make videos for them (although I hope to get a PVR and start making videos some time soon), but I would say it is never a bad time to just start making videos, everyone has to start somewhere. Make friends with people in the community who want to/already make achievement hunter community guides, make some yourself and be naturally funny. Don't try to hard, people can tell. Also keep on top of gaming news, buy new games, and get all the achievements you can.
I don't care if I actually "work for" achievement hunter in the sense that I get paid to make videos for them, but it would be nice to eventually become a featured guide maker. Ray just started officially working for Achievement Hunter, but his guides have been on the AH main channel for a couple years now.
Also you should definitely go to RTX if you haven't already, it's a great time to meet the AH and RT people as well as fellow community members.
In general becoming more involved in the community is a good way to get noticed, as well as make lots of supportive friends.
No, I think they generally let the community upload videos like that to their personal channels. You should definitely post about any personal videos you make on your AH profile though, you never know who will watch it. If it's funny enough they may want to work with you on some videos (don't get your hopes up though, they have tons of people submitting similar material). Michael from Rage Quit got lucky.
Not to ruin anyone's day or anything like that, but isn't the age limit for this forum 16?
On Topic: I am also having the goal of working for RT or something of the sort, the information you have given, Mr. Irishrocker, has been fantastic! I think the thing that I don't have to worry about is a back-up plan, because I already work over 70 hours a week lol
Isn't the minimum age for being a member on the RT site 16? I don't really care too much about that (and no one else does either) as long as they are not being annoying.
Thanks for your compliment. I have listened to many podcasts, watched many videos, read many forums, and been an active user on this site for many months to attain this information. Every now and then the staff are asked the question (by every now and then I mean all the time at panels, in messages, comments and forum posts) "how do I work at Rooster Teeth?" and they have mostly said "make videos, maybe we'll hire you, maybe we won't" they have also said "you don't want to work at Rooster Teeth" but the users seem interested. I myself am not working towards a job at Rooster Teeth necessarily (although I wouldn't say no if they offered to hire me), I would be happy just being able to do commentary on some videos with some of the guys from Achievement Hunter.