Career outlook for game designer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
From FIFA to Fortnite or Minecraft to Mario, video games have gone from being just a hobby to a way of life for people of all ages. No longer reserved for the latest games console, you can now play games anywhere: on computers, consoles, the internet, or mobile phones.
As a games designer you’d create ideas, characters and stories or work on animations. You might come up with your own ideas or work from an existing concept, like a game based on a film.
Games can take months, or even years, to produce and you’d get involved with many stages of development before a game is finally released.
You’d work as part of a team alongside developers, programmers, animators and quality assurance testers and you’d all work together to make sure the game is produced on time and within budget.
You could also work freelance or become an ‘Indie’ or independent games developer. These aren’t easy options and would rely on experience and networking.
What you might do:
- Plan and develop different elements of a game, such as levels, characters and plots
- Decide what a game will look like
- Design storyboards and write scripts
- Creating the code to make the game work
- Present and sell your ideas to the rest of the team
- Work with quality assurance (QA) testers to fix any bugs
- Work collaboratively with developers, artists and programmers to build a game prototype
- Develop and write the rules of the game
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- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
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