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Want to move to the US.

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 12:55 PM by abnegation

So I've been thinking about this for a long time. First of all, Ireland sucks. Sure it might be a nice place to visit, but the economy is awful, the weather is crap, and we have no resources or activities. But mostly, I find the culture we have to be increasingly bad, with no sense of community. You may say I won't find that anywhere, but where in most countries people try to make people feel accomplished when they do something good, in Ireland we have this tendency to put people down when they do good things. I don't know what it is.

I've kind of intentionally not made many close friends, and kept distant from people from people due to the fact that I just don't want any strong connections with people so I'll be able to move. I feel like I'll get my degree here, or maybe not, and move. I've been to the US, I much preferred it. There's a lot more opportunity, and you get so much more out of your money there. I don't think American's know how lucky they have it sometimes, I know Ireland isn't the worst place, but it's certainly nothing compared to the US.

So chances are I'll be moving some time in the future. After I do some work in a graphic design business I'm in, I might transfer if I can rack up a good portfolio. Not entirely sure where I'd like to live. But my girlfriend has the same mentality, she's a musician. Personally, I'd rather be a small fish in a big pond, than a small one in a small one. Because when you work your way up, it'd be so much more satisfying.

But yeah, it's something I'm strongly considering, I've never been much of a family person either, due to the fact I don't particularly have a strong relationship with them. Chances are, I'll be moving.
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    Livewire's Avatar
    Ohio isn't ~that much~ of a hell hole.
    Posted October 18th, 2011 at 07:34 PM by Livewire Livewire is online now
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    Hiidoran's Avatar
    Don't lie to him, Nick. We all know the Midwest is the worst part.
    Posted October 18th, 2011 at 07:38 PM by Hiidoran Hiidoran is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
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    Originally Posted by Scarf View Comment
    And also, don't move to the south. Or the midwest. Or the southwest. Or the mountain states. Basically just keep to the coasts.
    Just like a typical coastie to dismiss the merits of cities between the coasts. :P Nothing wrong with the cities between the coasts if you pick the right ones, and the cities between the coasts are so much cheaper to live in than ones on the coasts (One of my housemates moved to Minneapolis from San Diego and brought up how much cheaper Minneapolis places are compared to San Diego, and how it was much easier for him to find a job here).

    However, I'd advise against a move because once your money you've earned in Ireland runs out, you'll be scraping by if you don't find a decent job, and even if you do, if you choose to live in an expensive city on the coast you'll still be scraping by. Oh, and I'm not sure how it is in Ireland, but health care is not cheap at all and there really is barely any government aid when it comes to paying for health care expenses.

    If you do decide to move, examine at least the top 50 metropolitan areas (don't just look on the coasts - you might miss a city that is a great match for you) before you move and look at housing costs and job prospects in your and your girlfriend's future fields. That's the best way to go about this decision. Find the right city and the right neighborhood. You don't want to move here and find out there are no jobs in either of your fields in the place you chose to move to.

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    Don't lie to him, Nick. We all know the Midwest is the worst part.
    Maybe Indiana and Ohio are. You're forgetting about Chicago. And Minneapolis is very nice. I can personally vouch for it, as will many of the people around here who've moved here from other cities (only thing that sucks is the extended winters, but the high quality of life counteracts that). ;) Don't go to Detroit or most parts of Michigan, though. Most people I've encountered who have lived there say it's a hell hole.
    Posted October 18th, 2011 at 08:08 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline
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    Jack O'Neill's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Pikapal642]I would say come to Northern California, but I am not a good enough reason to compensate for every other reason why California sucks. ~__~ Good luck with whatever you do choose though! :D[/QUOTE]
    Be more proud of your state, boy. California's economy is the largest in the entire United States.

    [QUOTE=Patchisou Yutohru]America sucks donkey dick and is a horrible place to live.[/QUOTE]
    Go live in North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, or Zimbabwe for a year and see if your opinion changes.

    As for the author of this blog post, the only real problem with California is its extremely high costs of living compared to other states. Texas would probably be the next best alternative given the circumstances. Ultimately, where you want to go depends on what career you want to do, really.
    Posted October 18th, 2011 at 08:14 PM by Jack O'Neill Jack O'Neill is offline
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    Kura's Avatar
    ..Haha! :3 You guys are so silly! Y'all know Gavin's gonna move to where his line of work is, despite the nice sentiments of you wanting him to be close, so no need to debate <3 :3 But yeah.. Sometimes with art, you never know where you'll end up.. so anywhere is up for grabs! I'm not sure, Gavin, if you specifically want to get into games.. but:

    http://www.gamedevmap.com/index.php?...&query=Houston

    That's something that may be of use.. just so you know where a lot of art studios mostly reside. :3 First, though.. I'd consider looking into Visas. ;3
    Posted October 18th, 2011 at 08:31 PM by Kura Kura is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
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    Originally Posted by Kura View Comment
    ..Haha! :3 You guys are so silly! Y'all know Gavin's gonna move to where his line of work is, despite the nice sentiments of you wanting him to be close, so no need to debate <3 :3 But yeah.. Sometimes with art, you never know where you'll end up.. so anywhere is up for grabs! I'm not sure, Gavin, if you specifically want to get into games.. but:

    http://www.gamedevmap.com/index.php?...&query=Houston

    That's something that may be of use.. just so you know where a lot of art studios mostly reside. :3 First, though.. I'd consider looking into Visas. ;3
    Adding to this, you'll probably have a lot of competition for a job in the A-list studios.

    Visas are an absolute legal must, though, so you don't get deported. And you'll have to be watchful of when those expire. Many people get deported from the US simply because they forgot to renew their visas (which is a process that takes several months).
    Posted October 18th, 2011 at 08:51 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline
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    vaporeon7's Avatar
    Come to Australia, we have kangaroos.
    Posted October 18th, 2011 at 09:47 PM by vaporeon7 vaporeon7 is offline
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    Signomi's Avatar
    I remember wanting to move to the US before, and my parents did have that opportunity to do that a very long time ago...but the root to that opportunity stemmed from my aunt sponsoring us, but she ended up dying a tragic death.

    Moving anywhere in the world is a major thing, you've got to be sure you completely want to do that, otherwise from my family's experience it may be something you'll regret if you go into it with a narrow mindset.

    Of course, I'm confident that this will never be the case with you.
    Posted October 18th, 2011 at 11:06 PM by Signomi Signomi is offline
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    JakeyBoy's Avatar
    Move to scotland, its ireland but colder.
    Posted October 19th, 2011 at 02:24 AM by JakeyBoy JakeyBoy is offline
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    Gold warehouse's Avatar
    All of you saying America is ****, try living in the UK/Ireland, you'd appreciate your country so much more.

    To Gavin, you have always been one to follow you ambitions; if this is what you want to do, then I have no doubt that you'll achieve it.
    Posted October 19th, 2011 at 12:05 PM by Gold warehouse Gold warehouse is offline
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    the south isn't so bad, it's the weather and small town folk you have to look out for. if you're looking for like-minded social groups, you'd prosper in austin- i run into artists all over the place. i guess the market's pretty good too. i don't even proclaim to be an artist in terms of business, but i have a few clients lined up for paintings. :s anyway, if you're looking to reside around the coast, obviously you'll have to be super conscious about living expenses.

    hope you figure it out, let me know if you need a place to crash.
    Posted October 19th, 2011 at 01:12 PM by poopnoodle poopnoodle is offline
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    abnegation's Avatar
    Holy crap... so many replies. Well, first of all I gotta thank you all for you suggestions and offers. I am thinking Florida though. The coast appeals to me. Though obviously I need to do quite a bit of research. Besides, Audy told me he'd show me around.

    But to everyone who is saying that the US is a bad place to live, you're mistaken really. Besides, anywhere is better than Ireland really, bar some war ridden and poverty stricken areas, the latter of which is starting to creep in on Ireland.
    Posted October 19th, 2011 at 03:55 PM by abnegation abnegation is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Abnegation View Comment
    Holy crap... so many replies. Well, first of all I gotta thank you all for you suggestions and offers. I am thinking Florida though. The coast appeals to me. Though obviously I need to do quite a bit of research. Besides, Audy told me he'd show me around.

    But to everyone who is saying that the US is a bad place to live, you're mistaken really. Besides, anywhere is better than Ireland really, bar some war ridden and poverty stricken areas, the latter of which is starting to creep in on Ireland.
    Doesn't Audy live in California? Florida and California are thousands of miles apart and are on opposite coasts. Having looked, there's not terribly much in game studio choices in a single area in Florida. Most cities with high quantities and concentrations of game studios are on the West Coast in expensive cities.

    And poverty is in every country. Which is why you'll wanna pick the right neighborhood in any city you move to. Many major American cities have slums, and you want to avoid those neighborhoods, while still choosing an affordable area.
    Posted October 19th, 2011 at 06:37 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline
    Updated October 19th, 2011 at 10:04 PM by donavannj
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    ben cousins's Avatar
    screw america come to australia
    Posted October 20th, 2011 at 09:16 PM by ben cousins ben cousins is offline
 

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