90’s Satire from The Far Side

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90’s Satire from The Far Side

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  1. What jumps out at me is how, despite twenty-something years of inflation, the salaries listed in the cartoon are considered to be pretty high in many places in the US.

    In 2018, we’re expected to do more with less.

  2. E-sports aside, I know a few people that have done QA for games. There is totally a place for people to play video games as a job. And like most things, when it becomes a job it starts to suck a bit.

  3. I think, it still relevant today. Yes people do make a lot of money playing video games… but in comparison to the amount of kids playing games, it’s very rare.

    It’s a repeat of the 80’s idea of making it big in lala land. Some do, most don’t.

  4. Thing I never got about this though

    Did their parents dream of their kids being tv testers

    And did their grandparents dream of their kids being book testers

    Cause like sure video games don’t teach you any practical skills but neither does any other entertainment

  5. I’ve always considered this a very negative cartoon, satire aside. It was clearly written in vein of the “video games are a waste of time and won’t get you a job” mantra that has been prevalent since the 1980s. Much like that same mantra was present for rock and roll music before it, comic books before that, etc.

    Jokes on the Far Side, though. CNBC are reporting the video game industry will be [worth $138 billion](https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/18/video-game-industry-is-booming-with-continued-revenue.html) by the end of 2018; and VentureBeat reporting the video game industry supported [220,000 jobs in 2017](https://venturebeat.com/2017/02/14/the-u-s-game-industry-has-2457-companies-supporting-220000-jobs/).

    Edit: Expansion

  6. My uncle gave me a framed version of this when I was 7 as a passive aggressive way of telling me (and my parents) I played too many video games. My parents were really mad about it, but I didn’t know any better, so I hung it on the wall. Now I’m a software engineer making bank. In many ways I consider this comic inspirational. That side of the family continued to make fun of me well into college for my nerdiness.

  7. I made a shitload of money from video games. I laid eyes on diablo back in the 90’s on release and I and knew I had to have it, so I had to build a computer. Later I had to learn how to network to get LAN parties going. It was all IT career money after that.

    PC gaming and some strategic network and hardware breaks could condition any kid for a future in IT.

  8. They jest but because of my PC gaming, setting up servers, websites and working with gaming communities, I got a decent career out of the skills and experience I learnt. Engage with your children’s hobbies, regardless of how pointless they seem! Sometimes good things can come of them.

  9. I think the 90’s were the good old days of gaming and life itself. Now people are always sitting in front of a tv or computer screen sometimes doing nothing and getting nagged at by people to step outside and get some sun or fresh air. Not to mention the toxicity online. Good old days…if I could go back..

  10. To those saying the satire stand, I don’t think it does.

    A cousin went to work for a gaming company. Part of the interview was done with him playing video game while talking about games he played, enjoyed, didn’t enjoy, etc. He was going for marketing.

    I do think it is a valuable experience for the job. Ofc if you look for the very rich its rare, but the picture shows reasonable income and jobs, not star applications, and video games hours does help getting such jobs.

    So I do think nowadays kids that play video games and want to work in gaming industrie are getting valuable experience, but of cours this experience is not enough alone (or enough for celebrity kind jobs)