Robin F.’s Answer
I don't know very much about this particular field, but I can suggest that you try to find some resources near you where you can experience what a career in one of these feels is like. If you're in a place where there are local game designers, you might be able to do some job shadowing or observe for a week. There might be opportunities to get an internship.
Or perhaps you live near places where there educational institutions that offer degrees in this. You might be able to sit in on a course. I believe there're also online courses that you might be able to audit for no credit. The main thing is to try to make some connections with people so that you can see what a day in the life working in this field looks like and then decide whether that looks like right for you.
Another idea is to make a list of all the things that interest you about video game design and then see if you could achieve them in other sorts of careers. You might discover that you like the creative storytelling aspect of video games and investigate a degree in marketing specializing in story-based marketing, which basically involves writing stories that explain how people use products. Think not just about the name of the job that you're interested in but about what sort of duties or activities attract you about this job. That will help you cast your net a little bit wider.
The other thing is to try designing your own video game. It's very common for people to enjoy playing video games and think they might like to be game designers but not actually enjoy the process of designing itself. There are lots of other careers involving video games and electronic media that might scratch that itch, so try designing your own game and see if the process is something that you really are enjoying or not. Maybe draft a couple of your friends to dive in with you. Who knows, if you come up with a great idea, you might be able to sell it to a video game company? At the very least, it'll give you a window on what that career might be like. Hope this helps!
Robin F. recommends the following next steps:
- Interview people who have these jobs.
- Find classes to audit or take
- Try designing your own game
- Figure out what you like about these jobs and look for other jobs that involve those things