My name’s Eli. I’m one of the lucky folks who get to make video games.
It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I’m awful at drawing, so my original childhood endeavors to become an animator were short lived. I did, however, pick up a copy of Macromedia’s Flash along this short journey, and eventually realized that it included a coding language called Actionscript. I quickly decided that it was absolutely awesome.
Magic happened, elbow grease was utilized, and eventually I got pretty decent at writing code. Sooner or later I made a game called Reverb, which featured shoddy graphics that I had to make myself, and code that I was immensely proud of writing from scratch. Someone told me that you can get paid for making Flash games by sticking an ad at the beginning, so I talked to Jason of Stickpage.com, who said he’d be willing to pay for it. Having no idea how much an ad in a game like this was worth (my best guess was somewhere around $50), I suggested that he pick a number instead, since he had more experience with this kind of thing. He came up with $500, and I nearly pissed myself.
Several years later, I’m still making games, and still putting ads in them. Soon, though, it might be time for the next step…