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How do you start out as a video game designer?

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Dallas’s Answer

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I would suggest looking for internship opportunities with gaming companies such as Blizzard, Riot Games, Bathesda, etc. I know that Blizzard and Riot offer internships though there might be prerequisites, the same is likely for other companies. I would recommend an internship because it will give you a chance to gain some work experience, on the job training, and helps you determine if you want to pursue a career in the field. Other possible benefits include the potential of future employment opportunity, pay for the duration of the internship, or offer paid travel.
Do your research to see what options are available to you and what aspects of the field interest you, so you know what career options in the field to pursue.
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Sean’s Answer

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Video game design is quite a broad subject as far as different paths that are available. Video game design has programmers, modelers, asset artists, etc. There are a lot of resources available online to get a starting grasp to figure out what path best suits you! As well as a lot of tools available like Unreal engine and unity to start designing your own and even beginning to make your own.

Here are some resources I would look into to find out what path you

There's a website called https://www.gamedesigning.org/ That lays out game design and game development.

Some more of the "simple" tools I would look into is unreal engine, unity, and blender. These tools do have a learning curve! they are easy to use once you know how to use them. When I was learning Blender I got the basics down by watching Blender Guru and BornCG on youtube.

When you find what path you want to go down, research, research, research! Look into colleges or even more online video and text-based learning material. I know plenty of people who have started up there own Indie Dev studios on there own without college tuition.

Most of all though have fun learning! It's a lot of material to ingest and will take time to learn. Make a game out of it if need be. The more fun you have while learning the better the material will stick and the easier it will be to remember.
I advise at a computing college where we have a game design and development major, and what Sean lays out is quite spot on! Be mindful that playing games and making games is not the same...i.e. be very deliberate about being honest to yourself about the 'why' of you wanting to be involved with game design and development. Anna Traykova Translate
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James’s Answer

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Depends what kind of element you want to get into? I would look at some aspect of study which would give you a platform then you can narrow down exactly what areas of computer game development interests you. It would also give you an opportunity to network and meet like minded people who have same interests as you :)
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Christopher’s Answer

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Hi Amulya,

I did not go into the game development/design field, however some of my best friends from college did go into these fields and I can say that from what I've heard, a bachelors degree and passion for the art goes a long way. Try determining what aspect of game design you like the best, is it game project management, writing, art & animation, programming, etc? Once you figure out what you think you would enjoy the most, try looking at schools or online courses/classes that focus in your desired area.

Additionally, being passionate about what you do is definitely very important. If you're excited about what you're working on every day, others will pick up on it and will want you to be a part of their team.

Hope this helps!
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Corrine’s Answer

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These are the recommended steps to becoming a video game designer: 1. Obtain a Bachelor's Degree, 2. Determine a Career Path, 3. Gain Experience, 4. Develop a game.
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Kin’s Answer

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Hi Amulya,

I think if you want to try making some video games, maybe I suggest you try making a mini PC game first. You can try to using Unity (Unity is a cross-platform game engine) or Unreal Engine (Although initially developed for first-person shooters, it has been successfully used in a variety of other genres, including platformers, fighting games, MMORPGs, and other RPGs).

Kin recommends the following next steps:

  • Unity
  • Unreal Engine
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Dennis’s Answer

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Some of the Best Tech Companies are hiring on Angellist - great for startups.
(But get the Bachelor Degree first - will always help secure that Dream job!

Good Luck!
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jill’s Answer

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Some also start as game testers while getting an engineering degree. Often you can start at 18 as a game tester.
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Allison’s Answer

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My two cents:

- Link up with people who are video game designers! Follow people on social media who share their video game design work. Get inspired. Reach out to them (or other people who follow them) and talk to them about what inspires them or ask for their feedback or advice. Go to meetups or classes if you can.
- Explore some particular aspects of video game design: what got you most interested in video game design? Is it the creation of virtual worlds and characters? The technology that makes your favorite video games possible? The connections that video games can form between players? Think about whether you'd like to go down a more artistic, technical, or even social / gamification route – or a combination!
- Start making! The hardest part of getting into my career was my fear that what I made wasn't good enough. It was so bad that it was hard for me to get started. But whether you're sketching worlds on paper, building something in Unity, or writing down potential journeys through a game, get something on "paper". Get lots of things on "paper". Let your mind wander, and don't be afraid to create. It doesn't have to be perfect yet.
- Share your work. Get into a habit of sharing your work with somebody supportive on a regular basis, whether it's the friends or family you see all the time, or even followers on social media. It'll force you to create something and stay motivated. As a visual person myself, I've taken up daily or weekly challenges to create something and post on Instagram: could you come up with a challenge for yourself to create more regularly?
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