The other day I was reading in Game Informer magazine (www.gameinformer.com) about a guy who creates strategy guides for other gamers. I had assumed it was the actual game makers themselves who were churning out these massive tomes about the games they've made. But those companies are much too busy actually making and marketing the games to do writing as well. Enter David Hodgson. David spends hundreds of hours on one game trying to explore and discover every detail of the game, so that other gamers can have an improved experience as well. He walks you through the process, with very well written descriptions, and screenshots. The writing takes several hours, along with taking screen shots, and finally the formatting and production of the book. Now having finally published a novel I know what it takes to get a book to the finish line, and I’m telling you, what this guy undergoes is nothing short of miraculous.
Now, I’m heading somewhere with all of this so stay with me. Mr. Hodgson has found a way to make money doing what he loves to do, by adding value for others. He’s essentially a teacher, except his textbooks teach you how to slay dragons rather than learn algebra. But, other people find these books extremely valuable, and therefore are willing to pay a good price for them. What’s more amazing is his ability to communicate ideas through the written word that makes these books so successful as well. Not only does he play video games well, he actually knows how to write!!!!
Previously, I pointed out that there are a few ways to earn money playing games. Well, one of them is to be a professional gamer/virtual athlete. These people participate in tournaments for prizes. Just like athletes, others come to see their skill. The value is always added when what you do benefits other people. In the case of the eAthletes, it's entertaining others with the playing ability they have cultivated defeating other gamers.
Some gamers record their gameplay for ‘educational’ or entertainment value and display it online. You get enough people subscribing to you on YouTube, and with a bit of ad sales, you may generate some income playing video games. The point is you have to somehow make what you are doing about other people. You have to teach, or entertain, or serve in some way. I’ve found that the more useful I am to other people, the more value I bring to their lives, then the more money I am able to bring home to support my family.
How can you do what you do for others? What skill have you cultivated, that you can demonstrate or teach? How can you do what you already are doing for more people and add value that way?
These are all great questions to ask. I hope you ask them.