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Video Game Designers

Also called: Design Director, Game Designer, Senior Game Designer, World Designer

What they do:
Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.
On the job, you would:
  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.
  • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features.
  • Create core game features including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Communications
  • multimedia
Math and Science
  • psychology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Innovation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Development environment software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite software
  • C
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++
  • Lua

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$81,140
per year, on average
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