Game Developer Careers
Game Developer Careers
Game developer careers consist of
a broad range of specified areas. Depending on what aspect of a gaming career
you fit in, there are a number of options you can choose from and different
paths you can take. Among all game developer careers, however, is a common
thread in education. This thread is a college degree.
Areas For Game Developer Careers
These are the people who actual put structure to the game. The designer has the
concept, lays out the rules and is also called an �inventor� because they
use their minds to manifest the game.
A game programming career is when the person uses code from many different
languages to make the designers concept come to life. Programmers can code in
many different languages, transfer games into languages into the companies
desired languages and more. They create, test and debug problems with the game
in order to make it work.
A developer is the collective entity that oversees the different parts of
the game development process. There are three main sections.
Third Party: This is when a
publishing company contracts a smaller company or group to programs the game.
They are working from a contract and not as an employee to the publishing
company. Third party developers tend to be short lived because they rely on the
work from other sources that might not come through.
In House: In house developers
are employees of a company. They are constant workers and develop many games for
the publishing company over time.
Independent: This is when one
developer or a group of developers independently programs and markets their
games. This is usually small in scale and relies heavily on the internet and the
spread from one person to another. Budgets are generally small compared to large
the music, sounds effects and works closely with timing in video games.
Marketing: If you do not program or any of the about but still love games
and know how to make them appealing to others, you can get into the business and
marketing aspect of a gaming career.
There are a few main companies that are consistently producing hits in the game
world. Long successful careers have been achieved through these companies for
The general atmosphere in these companies is often laid
back with a lax dress code and general demeanor. This is due to the nature of
Depending on what area you will be going in, you will need a solid grasp in
programming, visual design and more. The biggest deciding factor is not the type
of degree in which you hold but rather that you have a degree. It shows follow
through and dedication.
There are, however, some dedicated gaming schools
available. This is usually a great option for those students who can dedicate 40
hours a week and like to work in groups. They are typically significantly more
expensive than a traditional college or university. Some of these Colleges are
Academy of Art University (CA)
Las Angeles Film School (CA)
International Academy of Design and Technology (IL, FL, MI,
3D Training Institute (NY)
Game developer careers can either be hands on or geared to
the market. They are best designed for people who can manage their time well and
are dedicated to their field.
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