In the educational site Game Career Guide, veteran game designer and SMU Guildhall level design teacher Michael McCoy offers advice about school and course options for aspiring game designers wanting to join the Cockroach Club of industry survivors.
In his introduction, McCoy says the key to joining and staying in the Club -- a rank achieved when someone has enough broad experience to weather any industry layoffs -- is to study everything from modeling to texturing to scripting and design:
"As our industry matures, so does the talent pool and the expected skill level of new employees. Gone are the days when you could walk off the street, show enthusiasm, and break into the game industry. With so many industry veterans out there and wonderful new schools dedicated to preparing people for game development, you've got to stand out of the crowd.