I got to the part where it said most game designers don't have degrees, and stopped... Yea, I know it went on top say that there are those with degrees in other fields. I remember reading somewhere that Ghost Crawler, himself, actually has a degree as an Ocean Biologist, or something to that effect.
But ya know, it really burns me up when I read about people with no training in the field landing positions, because they know someone on the inside...
Experience and Passion > Education. I'm in no way saying "don't go to school, its worthless" because it’s not. Education gives people a great starting point in the career of their choosing and will usually help you get your foot in the door.
That being said, most people that work for me do it out of sheer love and passion of the trade. Each one of them has a portfolio of projects that they’ve built on their own time and demonstrated their expertise beyond that of someone coming to me with just a bachelor’s degree or diploma.
In my experience, real game designer’s and developers are usually so passionate about what they do that they do it on their own time, build online communities and blogs, and design/build their own games.
I’m sure blizzard has a HUGE list of applicants and the flexibility of choosing exactly the right person to fit the role. Sometimes it might be the guy with the masters in mathematics, maybe it’s the guy who’s been 3d model designing in his mom basement for years, or maybe it’s even someone who’s worked through the ranks and proved him/herself time and time again. There’s something to be said for knowing the companies policies and fitting into their culture.
The truth is, without knowing exactly how these people got to where they did, you’re just generalizing that people with education MUST be better at their jobs than those without. You’re wrong.