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Raptor Guts: "Remaining Calm"
Posted: Thursday April 8th, 2010 by

There was a purpose behind the 3/29 comic that had nothing to do with tooting my own horn over "Anatomy of a Forum Troll". It actually felt yucky to me, but I needed it bridge a gap between Raptor Guts' janitor and Raptor Guts' community manager. This had been the plan since I posted the comic about applying at Raptor Guts. But of course, I couldn't really tell you that or there would be no real point in illustrating the story arc.

As with all things, there's a certain amount of truth behind a joke. I would dearly love to leverage my experience here at GU to get a job within a gaming company. There are problems with that desire though. Primarily, it would be difficult to hire someone like me unless the company wanted to embrace/exploit my no BS attitude toward delivering info to the community. If you got them drunk and promised them anonymity most community managers would probably admit that they have to dispense bullshit quite a bit for the greater good of the product/company. The next problem would be the likely closure of GU. It would be hard to justify paying a guy to serve as your community manager that still routinely strafes your competitors.

One of the things I've been considering in the last week or so is going back to school. My friend Phil worked at the local Rhino (before Blockbuster bought the chain and closed the store) while going to school for game development (Westwood). When he was done he was snapped up quickly by NetDevil to work on Lego Universe... not in development but on the community side of things. Trust me, Phil's not complaining.

The problem I have with this decision though is Westwood provides a game development track for art and a track for coding. I can't make up my mind which one appeals to me more. No unsolicited advice on the matter please. The only opinions about it that matter to me are mine and Taks'.

So, all that in mind, why do I seem so blasť in the comic? Well, I call it "playing cool". You don't want to go all loopy and start dancing and cheering until you get home. It just doesn't benefit you in the long run and leaves too much room for you "new" employer to get the wrong impression. No need starting completely on the wrong foot.

And of course there's the joke about hours and pay. Trust me no matter how much money they get, good community managers are ALWAYS underpaid. /personalopinion

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