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What is a "normal" day for a video game designer?

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John’s Answer

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Hi Jonathan,

VIEDO GAME DESIGNERS EDUCATION, RESPONSIBILITIES & SALARY

EDUCATION – As the video game industry grows, more universities are creating curricula to support careers in video game design. These courses are usually offered within the computer science or media departments. Video game designers typically have a bachelor's degree in game design, computer engineering, or computer science which takes four to five years to complete. Courses in a game design degree program may include project management, integrated video design and technology, game prototyping and level design.

RESPONSIBILITIES – Game designers are an important part of a comprehensive team of designers and developers that coordinate the complex task of creating a new video game. Game designers have duties like designing characters, levels, puzzles, art and animation. They may also write code, using various computer programming languages. Depending on your career duties, you may also be responsible for project management tasks and testing early versions of video games.

√ Design and develop innovative gaming concepts.
√ Create innovative entertainment/educational video games.
√ Design and develop video games as learning instruments.
√ Develop design and gaming processes and protocols.
√ Determine and define game-play mechanics.
√ Coordinate with other game designers in developing video games.
√ Ensure quality assurances in game-play, interface, animation, sound & art style.
√ Determine and write specifications for video games.
√ Assist and support producers, gaming designers and studio staff in developing gaming concepts.

SALARY – The salary of a game designer varies dramatically on several factors. This includes location, type of platforms you are developing for, your role within the company, and company size. The salary for an entry level designer is around $55,000 annually.

Ideal candidates are comfortable working in a fast-paced work environment and are excellent with problem-solving. Expect to work hard and long hours Jonathan, as you will have to meet deadlines for game releases and updates. It also doesn’t hurt to be passionate about playing video games.
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Lia’s Answer

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Hi Jonathan,

Here are a couple articles that explain what it's like to be a video game designer:

https://econsultancy.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-games-designer/

http://www.design-training.com/game-design/a/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-game-designer.html

Hopefully these will help you determine whether you can see yourself in this role!

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