You have the skills, why not?
If you find yourself playing video games day after day, you could be a great candidate to establish yourself as a gaming expert. All you need is a good knowledge of a wide range of games and gaming systems, and of course a lot of patience. The rewards are phenomenal and you will eventually become a better person for it.
So what is an expert anyway? What qualifies someone to be an expert at something? As there are no universities that offer degrees in this genre, we can qualify as an expert any player who has the qualities described above. So if you have the knowledge or ability to skillfully play a game and enjoy solving problems, you could probably claim the rights to expert status.
Just be sure to ensure your growth in the gaming industry. Part of being an expert is admitting that there is always more to learn, and in the gaming industry, this should never be a difficult thing to do. By exposing yourself to new games and new gaming systems, you can turn any opportunity to play one into an opportunity to learn more than you already know. By doing so, you will learn tons of new strategies and expand your wits as a point of help for others.
You can also try harder to collaborate with other people involved in video games. Get out of the game and into public so you can network and discuss your findings with others. Networking offers you wonderful opportunities to share or exchange secrets, teach others, and learn something new at the same time. And the relationships it creates as a result are simply priceless. There’s probably no other way to access little-known gaming secrets than by networking with the best players out there.
If you are fully dedicated to becoming a gaming expert, consider taking some game programming courses. Look for an apprenticeship and find training programs offered both in your area and in the gaming industry in general. This is a great way to learn everything anyone would want to know about gaming, and it’s a good entry into the gaming industry if you’re not too crazy to commit to a full-time gaming career.
You can also subscribe to game magazines, participate in online discussion forums, or join book clubs that focus on game material.
Please note that your gaming expertise may not always be appreciated. Strong criticism, right or wrong, is accompanied by the glory of being perceived as the “answer to everything.” For example, you may be turned down for an opportunity you think you are perfect for, or you may experience vomiting from a less experienced abuser. The first rule of thumb is not to take rejection or vomiting personally. People may be jealous of your position or they may want to test you just to see how much you really do (or don’t know). The reasons behind these reactions to your care don’t really matter as long as you are confident in the quality and value of your help. A true expert looks beyond these things and is constantly looking for ways to improve.