Do you have a passion for playing video games?
Are you creative and a good story-teller?
If you answered YES to these two questions, then becoming a video game designer might be the right fit for you!
But how do you know if you'd enjoy being a videogame designer? Jot down these notes!
What Do Video Game Designers Do?
Video game designers create interactive worlds for players to inhabit by :
Proposing and developing new game and game play ideas
Developing storylines, plots, layouts, characters, rules of play, and levels of difficulty within games
Developing creative ways of navigating games and paying attention to detail in design
Conducting research on gaming trends and doing play tests to refine the gaming experience
Improving existing games
What Qualifications And Training Do You Need?
You will need :
An associate’s or bachelor's degree in computer games design, graphic design, or animation. If you already have a degree in another field, consider supplementing it with game design certificate courses offered on Coursera or LinkedIn Learning.
Practical experience in video game design via internship, apprenticeship, or volunteering.
A portfolio of games that you have designed to show future employers.
What are some key skills of a video game designer?
Where Do Video Game Designers Work?
Production of Video Games
Top gaming companies include :
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Creating Ads for Video Games
Top marketing companies include:
You'll Love It Because...
You get to make your own games
You get to be creative and work with others
You get to play games as part of the job
You can do more than entertain
Think About Another Career Path If...
You don't like sitting at a desk and working at a computer all day
You don't like to spend time on attention to detail
You don’t like “crunching” — working longer hours than normal to meet deadlines
Will It Pay The Bills?
In the U.S.A, the average salary for a Video Game Designer is $64,000 USD
In Canada, the average salary for a Video Game Designer is $54,000 CAD
Pick The Future Video Game Designer
Loves working with others to complete designs
Doesn't care much for writing detailed storylines
Is currently completing an apprenticeship in video game design
Does not enjoy doing play tests to refine the gaming experience
Is a good story-teller and puts a lot of attention into the setting of a story
Has a flexible schedule and can work odd hours when necessary
Draws complex characters with elaborate costumes and superpowers
Sitting at a computer for long periods of time strains his eyes
Who sounds like the best fit for a career in Video Game Design?
Does it sound like video game design could be a good path for you? If so: