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Video Game Designers

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

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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.
  • Devise missions, challenges, or puzzles to be encountered in game play.
  • Create core game features, including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise.


Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • computers and electronics
  • multimedia
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • psychology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


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


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Development environment software
  • C Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Blackboard software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Hot Technology
Object or component oriented development software
  • C# Hot Technology
  • Objective C Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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