Mama always told me hard work pays off, and she was right. If you need proof, here's some: I spent most of my childhood sending my rubbish reviews to Computer And Video Games Magazine and GamesMaster in hopes that one day I'd be able to write for them full time. And look at me now!
Need more? How about this: In July we reported on Alexander J. Velicky, a 19 year-old burgeoning game developer so keen on landing a job at The Elder Scrolls studio Bethesda that he spent a year building a huge mod called Falskaar.
We're now happy to report that Velicky landed a job, except not at Bethesda.
Instead, he has joined Bungie, creator and developer of the massively successful Halo franchise, as an associate designer.
In a post on the Elder Scrolls forum, Velicky thanked the community for their support of his mods over the years.
"Modding has been ~90% of my life for over four years now, and all throughout you were there to support me," he said.
"From the bottom of my heart I want to thank every person who ever provided feedback on a mod, support, help, or something as simple as a 'cant wait!' or 'great job.' Every single one of you made this possible. From driving me to work throughout development, to providing astounding amounts of feedback and support to help learn and improve after releases. I owe it to all of you.
He also encourage fellow aspiring developers to chase their dreams: "Never be afraid to try".
"I set my sights on a professional design job pretty early, I lowered my head, charged forward, and rarely looked back. Of course, I ensured what I was doing had a reasonable chance for success from time to time. But the most surprising of all, is who I've ended up with. I applied to many companies, and Bungie was in my, "Huge company that will completely ignore me." category.
"Well, they didn't and look what it got me. Bungie is an awesome company with an amazing team, and I'm very lucky that they've decided to give me a chance! Never be afraid to try. I spent the time it took to apply and the rewards are proving to be greater than I could have possible imagined."
Velicky spent 2000 hours of his life making the Skyrim mod solely to catch the attention of Bethesda so he could work on the the next Elder Scrolls game. Instead, he'll likely be working on Destiny.