Need a new industry

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    Need a new industry

    This is not a political discussion.

    That having been said, I need to start thinking about the possibility of being pushed into a new industry. I've been in the defense simulation industry for 5 years of my career. Also a few years in commercial stuff.

    A realistic appraisal of the coming months shows that there will likely be significant cuts in funding for my industry. If, by my bad fortune it costs me my job I would like to know your opinions about what types of industry a person with military simulation experience should look.

    Any ideas?
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    Depends on what you simulated. Games sound like an option.
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    I've done a couple of different areas.

    Simulations that I worked on ranged from live (lasertag-ish) to virtual (videogame-ish). The simulation of entities and munition in a warfare situation is very much attempting to match behavior and probabilities to real life performance. This is weapons, vehicles, and lifeforms.

    I don't know how close it is to gaming. Maybe. I've gotten the impression that they like to get young coders with no families so they can work them to death... might be inaccurate.

    also done a lot of network communication stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornedBee View Post
    Depends on what you simulated. Games sound like an option.
    That was my first thought too. Perhaps automotive or really any company doing R&D that builds mechanical things (oil field machinery?).

    There's always academics too

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    hmm. Hadn't thought about automotive or oil rig. I wonder.

    I don't think I'm cut out for academics. I think I like actual coding too much.
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    I've gotten the impression that they like to get young coders with no families so they can work them to death... might be inaccurate.
    I think this is true in general, but every programming drone team also needs someone more experienced to coordinate and tackle the most difficult problems.
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    EA has an office in reasonable driving distance. I've never tried it, but it might be worth a go at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FillYourBrain View Post
    hmm. Hadn't thought about automotive or oil rig. I wonder.
    Maybe mining as well with their remote vehicle operation, I'm sure they use sims for training... and flight simulation has to be big in the airline industry.

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    You worked in military with warfare stuff!? :O
    How cool's that! ^^
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    thanks... still do for now. It's nice sometimes, boring or stressful others. Probably the best part is sampling the product so to speak. I have driven a Bradley APC and flown an Apache Helicopter in simulators. Let me tell you that I am one lousy pilot!

    Just trying to cover my bases. Don't want to be unemployed.
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    If you love games, don't go work with EA :P they have a basic working strategy...
    More money! The most common one :P if you take a look at game's prices, you'll see that all EA games have high prices, good publicity and the games just suck >.<
    Ok, some games are funny, but when you compare to companies like Blizzard! They're nothing, but still they are the largest -.-
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    I think they work on Madden Football here.... yep This is them http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA_Tiburon

    But in it for money? So am I!! I'm not sure that could bother me if it works out in my favor.
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    Meh, I don't suppose you love games and the industry? :P
    I do, and EA trying to kill it bothers me epicly :P
    As soon as a new small company makes a good game, EA buys it, and makes it release the games before they are done >.< just look at the basketball games, EA make 'em 50&#37; expensiver than 2K games, and 2K games make 'em 50% better >.<
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    I have no opinion on their quality or their business ethics... They're just a game company that's close.
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    Well, that company hasn't made any good games except Madden, which isn't that good :P
    If you join 'em, make 'em better
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