(re: How do I break into the business?) Aha …. my son Chris interviewed there (for QA) and couldn’t get hired. Oh well…
It turned out OK though. He got hired at EA in Seattle, but then laid off when they shut down most of the office. After 4 months of starving he got the worlds greatest job for a company (Dwango) programming cell phone games. It’s perfect for him because he is fluent in Japanese and is a gifted programmer.
A old friend of mine is at EA now (as a hauncho), Jerry Bowerman – if you see him, tell him I said Hi. I’m not sure which office he works out of.