Thursday, June 29, 2006

Game job ads that suck devotees are now no doubt aware that game job ads often display culturally specific traits. Our elucidatory journey has already led us to discover the genus of Australian game job ads, and in particular their cringing propensity to insist that their studios are "world class".
It should therefore come as no surprise to my readers to learn that French game job ads are as unique and eccentric as the fact of being French would suggest.

The “French” game job ad

Position: Game Producer (trainee)
We are looking for a producer to head up a small publisher/developer. You will project manage, executive produce, market and distribute our current multi-platform next-gen game project. You will have at least 2 years project management experience.

Salary: 1/3 of minimum wage.
Duration: 6 months.

Position: Quality Assurance Tester (trainee)
This exciting opportunity, offered by a large, successful publisher with no fucking excuse, is a position that is excellent training for… future unpaid QA “trainee” positions within the French game industry.
Previous QA experience essential.

Salary: Unpaid traineeship
Duration: the last 3 months of our project

You might think that nobody in their right mind would apply for such jobs. But you’d be wrong because these jobs are based in France, where being in one's right mind is neither here nor there.
France is a country populated to the gills with overqualified people who live with their parents, all of them madly sending out exhaustive CVs and 4 page handwritten letters offering to pay you for the privilege of running your company or doing your photocopying throughout their 20s in the hope that this will lead to achieving their career goal some time in their early 30s.

Their career goal, is of course, as the term suggests, that of obtaining an actual "career"; that is to say, a permanent, paying job. After French citizens have completed at least five years of post-graduate study ("Bac+5") , and then at least five years worth of in-kind donations to worthy corporate charities (what we’d translate into English as “working for free”), a lucky few are rewarded at the end of their long travails with a gold watch and retirement to a nice small job in the country.

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