Guest Blog – Game Development: Your work will make others play

September 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Here’s a guest blog by Pritika Ghura, from Learnhub.com on the career of game developers. Enjoy!

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Can you imagine a 21st century child without a PlayStation? Your answer would be a NO, as you cannot envisage a childhood devoid of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010 or Battlefield Bad Company or Angry Bird. With advancement in technology and growing demand in the market, Game Development is one of the most sought after careers of today.

 Job Profile: Game developer is a specialised software developer and his work is to create and design the plan of the game which includes the theme, missions, the rules and the game play. They work in coordination with game designers to ensure the game is playable and fun.

The term ‘game developer’ is wide and includes a number of other job titles which we generally break down by discipline or field of study: art, programming, design and writing, production (producers), audio, quality assurance (game testers), and business. The most popular of these profile are that of an artist or animator, programmer or engineer (sometimes also called coder), and game designer.

Skills required: The three most important skills to become a successful game designer are creativity, communication skills, and dedication. You need the creativity to have a vision of what will make your game interesting for the player. You need communication skills to be able to convey your idea to your team and dedication to see your vision through, work your way through the disappointments and failures.

 Career Prospects: With the speed at which gaming industry is growing, the demand for gaming professionals will increase like never before. The worldwide video game industry is poised to reach $70.1 billion by 2015, thanks to the combined growth of console, portable, PC, and online video games. Some reputed companies that hire game developers are Microsoft Game Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, etc.

 Universities offering Game Development Courses

Full Sail University

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

SheffieldHallamUniversity

About the author: I am Pritika Ghura and am a Journalist by profession. I am currently working as Content Lead with Learnhub, Educomp Solutions and write on education, careers and students’ real-life experiences. You can reach me at www.learnhub.com

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By the way, UC Santa Cruz has an outstanding Computer Science – Game Design major. If you are interested in writing a guest blog, just drop me a line. You can reach me through the Comtact Page on me web site – georgewoodbury.com. – George

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