My story in games and gaming (computer based) is as old as I am, almost. My old man got us a C64 when I was about seven or eight. We had other consoles, one of which was an oddessy 2. That was childhood.
What lead me back into games as an adult is, I work as an architectural consultant. I'm a CAD monkey. 3d Visualization is a specialty offshoot of Architecture. I did a little bit of ArchViz for a couple of firms. Google Sketchup is now a staple of just about every Architectural and design firm.
Architectural Visualization is fun, but it's really a gateway drug. You start exploring 3d sites to learn, and sooner or later you realize, creating a model of a shopping plaza pales in comparison to creating a fourteen foot alien humanoid with four arms and artillery cannons for sidearms. So I got into character modelling.
I'm not sure if games got me into 3d, or vise versa.
I am, of course a complete amateur when it comes to character modelling. This all ties into gaming, because I found a good source of motivation to pursue this hobby was to model characters from the concept art for mod teams.
So does anyone else Mod, model, or visualize? There has to be a younger pool of people here with ambition to break into the games industry [though I don't fit either of those stipulations].
If you do 3d stuff, though it eats up gaming time, do you think a little sub-group of 3d artists could exist here without interfering with the games discussion?