The Good There is already a massive rise in the games industry, which surpassed the music and hollywood in revenue. We have more powerful gaming hardware than ever before. Improved graphics API's, Physics and Game Engines that provide these features in an easy to use toolbox. Virtual Reality is almost here (first generation) but in essence this is a games hardware platform that will allow much more than just games as VR apps and tools expand what people can do and experience in VR. And you are here now you have the tool, Unity, that opens up this Universe of creation, fun and potential financial reward. The Bad So how to go from where you are now an outsider of an industry to being an insider and making a living from what you love to do. The best advice is don't give up your day job, take part in local game jams and learn and improve your skills. Note it takes around 10,000 hours of hard practice for people to master a skill and successful game development requires multiple skills. But there is a rise in the robotic workers and automated system so if your job is in any way repetitive or mainly knowledge based expect robotic and automated systems to start taking over. In the next 10-20 years it is estimated that 50% of jobs will become automated. Some jobs will be easier to automate than others but over time more and more jobs will become automated. In an ideal world you would be able to get a loan to purchase your replacement robot and have it work at your job 24/7 paying you nearly 3x your previous wage. (assuming you worked 8 hr day, minus electric, maintenance and repayments). If you think this is a long way off humanoid assembly line robots are about $25k(£19). Automation of transportation is well underway and expect fast food chains, supermarkets and even restaurants to follow. So maybe you are in the ideal window between the rise of the robots taking up most of the jobs and the rise of game development and VR as the new economy. The Ugly Society is going to have to go through a transition, automation is going to happen, it's a global trend if one country blocks it another with use it to boost their economy. Automation will displace workers. It will create new jobs and services but they will be fewer in number and require a higher skillset. Ideally we will end up with a robotic economy and lots of free time, but that would probably be very boring. Now this is where games and VR can step in, we are already seeing a rise in games as sports and spectator events. Imagine VR games and events, worlds and universes... What if VR introduces a currency a VR economy, it would not be tied to limited resources, so everyone could earn it doing and creating things they love in VR. Look at YouTube as an example of this and I belive Stream has something similar. The problem is we need VR and its economy to be based on a good set of founding principles, we are after all opening up a new continent/universe. What do you think... Do you want a loan for a robot to do your job and pay your salary x 24/7 ? Will games and VR become the core pastimes of nearly everyone? Will a VR economy be able to offset the impacts of automation?