I’ve mentioned networking before as an essential element of a video game job hunt. IGDA meetings are a fantastic place to meet people from all over the gaming industry. I live in Orlando, and I’ve been attending our local chapter’s meetings for about 2 years now. Even in a game company market as small as Orlando, I’ve met people from some very interesting companies – small casual game developers, military sim and serious game companies, MMO creators, students – you get the picture. It’s an eclectic group, and I’m sure it’s an even bigger mix in cities with a greater concentration of companies.
Anyways, if you happen to be in or around the Orlando area, there is a meeting this week downtown. Check out the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=55380245631&ref=ts