First off, QLDemos is back! We’ve been offline for almost 2 years now for reasons outside of my control, but we’re hopeful that Quake is going to be better than ever. Over the last 6 months I have been thinking of how I am going to utilize this blog to share the information I have learned and the products I have used. This first blog post is going to cover a phenomenon I have noticed at work. Gamers are getting into web design, and are kicking butt at it too. Let’s face it, there really isn’t much money these days in games. We all have bill to pay, and web development has been an excellent avenue for people to make a few extra bucks. Here are a few of the reasons why I think gamers make excellent web designers:
Web Design Pays
If you know what you’re doing then webpage development can be a very lucrative business. I’ve sold websites from 2-14k depending on the complexity of the site. Just imagine how many online competitions we would have to compete in to take home that kind of cash. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still find me in those things, but it’s nice being able to add guacamole on me bowl when I go to Chipotle these days. Sometimes I get paid for not doing a thing. I’ll bring leads to a company called Rizseo (http://www.rizseo.com) who does web design in El Paso, and they pay me a percentage of whatever they sell the site for.
We Love Computers
It’s no secret that we can spend hours upon hours behind the computer screen, might as well put it to good use, right? Most of us are good enough at utilizing the tools on the web to find the information we need. Tutorials about HTML5, PHP, Java etc. are a dime a dozen, which makes it easy to find and learn from the array of resources on the web.
With all of the tools out there like Bootstrap, there is so much customization that can happen without having to be a hard-core coder. Webpages are not static boring billboards any more, but rather dynamic, exciting works of art. Just like most of us know the thrill of finding and exploiting glitches in the original Quake, troubleshooting sites can give a similar adrenaline rush.
P.S. If any of you all don’t get the quake reference, then check this out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quake_(video_game)