The Passions of a Video Game Designer

By: Wayne Anderson

Do you love video games? Do you spend hours playing on your new X-Box 360, or PS-3? Do you believe you have a great idea, and can develop the best game to hit the industry till date? In that case, you should consider becoming a video game designer.

Video gaming has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry over the last two decades. And with a number of people buying games, even at $50 a game, apart from the consoles, this industry has seen tremendous growth. Coupled with the advancement in computing technology, games have evolved a lot from the black and white games of the 70's and early 80's.

Today, games are lot more interactive, and creative using all the latest graphics, and real looking images and scenes. So much so that certain games do not look animated anymore, but seem like an extension of real life. This has increased the demand for more creative games, based on highly interactive and creative plots. This has seen a surge in demand for video game designers with numerous opportunities within various game companies, and studios.

While there are various things that go into the making of a good game designer, the most basic thing is the love for video games. The most eligible candidate would be one who has a passion for games and plays every type of game. He or she should also be among the first to complete and follow the games religiously. The person should be able to recognize the game by just listening to its background track.

After all, with so many people being hard core fans of the games, the game publishing companies would hardly be excited by a candidate that hardly plays any games, and has no exposure, and doesn't know the intricacies of the gaming industry. Such a candidate should also show aptitude for quick problem solving, and must be able to work under pressure, maintaining tight deadlines.

The reason being that though the quality is very important, the video game industry is very volatile with something or the other is releasing every other day. So to stay ahead of competition, one has to act very fast.

A video game designer is compared to the director of the movie. A person aiming to become a video game designer, should be creative, and have a flair for writing with loads of experience. Video game designers are often people who have studied in related fields like literature etc. To be able to write huge volumes that will define the game, covering every minute detail is a big task, and hence usually experienced people are preferred.

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