What kind of classes do I take to become a video game designer??
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I want to do more than just find a job that has to with retail #game-development
Even within the field of video game design, there are many different types of designers, each with distinct and critical roles. Lead designers and level designers work alongside content designers, game writers, audio designers, and system designers to ensure the production of a quality game. Content designers have to creatively design the specific content which players see and manipulate in the game, and these designers thus need artistic abilities as well as practical programming skills. Game writers are also important members of a video game design team as they compose provocative and moving dialogue, a critical aspect to many games. Audio designers are also focused on player experience as they design the sounds, noises, and music heard by players while playing the game. There are also system designers that develop functional aspects of the game, such as how players earn in-game experience, gain in-game currency, purchase and modify weaponry or outfits, execute abilities or spells, and a myriad of other in-game functions. Additionally, game designers have a diverse array of responsibilities that may not immediately be obvious, so aspiring professionals in this field should consider what type of game design role they want to pursue in particular.
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Generally, you'll have to gain some technical knowledge because you'll be working with software developers and be bound by the constraints of whatever you're working on (i.e. working on a Nintendo DS vs a PS5). Some artists/designers even become Tech Artists which help create tools for the team.
Here's a website I found that can help answer a few more questions: https://www.gamedesigning.org/questions/. They also have an education section which talks about schools and degrees they offer. The University of Santa Cruz (UCSC) for example has a degree which can expose you to the different aspects of game design: https://admissions.sa.ucsc.edu/majors/artgamemedia.
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