Recently at work I've been working on a database for our department. Most of it entails components of Office 2000 utilizing VBA, etc, etc. I've come to realize that even though the business sector of programming always seems to require more experience, more knowledge, and more education....game programming is actuallyabout 100 times tougher.
So why the discrepancy here? Why do business post the alphabet soup stuff in their job postings when most of that boils down to a simple technology that has already been half written or completely written for you and all you do us utilize existing functions?
I was hesitant to apply for such things as database programming and so forth b/c I have a very hard time completing game code so I figured doing database code professionally was out of the question.
Boy was I wrong. This database stuff is actually quite simple and although it uses about 100,000 acronyms for various technologies...they are all quite straightforward.
Within a couple of days I had my own pop up windows with menus that opened databases, added to them, etc, etc. in Excel. Then I went to Access and it's not the toughest thing in the world once you get the hang of it.
It just seems odd for game companies, on average, to require less to do more. And then we have business who require everything you can think of...to sit and do something that is very simple.