"....working in the games industry can royally suck"
Been there done that. Will never do that again. Still know some idiots that work in the game industry, in their late 30's, making 45-50k a year. I left in 2001 and make over 100k doing half the work in a far more stable and exciting industry, I.T.
you work your ass off in the games industry for peanuts. The thing that gets me is the fucking ego's. The assholes at the top coming in with a Dodge Viper or Porsche, usually running the company into the ground. Its rare that you have a company where the owners are there with the grunts like it was at Looking Glass.
EA was a nightmare, still is I hear. The ego's there drove me mad, just wanted to punch the guys at the top in the face.
Oh well, good riddance. Game industry needs to die for about 5 years and reinvent itself. Too much shit coming out and hardly any of it is innovative.
And why EA doesn't take risks or go back to great IP's like Starflight, AutoDuel, Waste Land, System Shock....oh wait, that would require work, risk and someone at the top possibly taking a pay cut. Can't have that!