Games Developer

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    Game developers design and create video games for computers and video game consoles. They are involved in the conception as well as the execution of the game creation. While education requirements vary based on employers, many prospective game developers seek a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering or a related field.

    Game developers, more specifically known as video game developers or video game designers, are software developers and engineers who create video games. Game developers may be involved in various aspects of a game’s creation from concept and story writing to the coding and programming. Other potential areas of work for a game developer include audio, design, production and visual arts.

     

    Types of games developer

    The games developer job title covers a broad area of work and there are many specialisms within the industry. These include:

    • quality assurance tester;
    • programmer, with various specialisms such as network, engine, toolchain and artificial intelligence;
    • audio engineer;
    • artist, including concept artist, animator and 3D modeller;
    • producer;
    • editor;
    • designer;
    • special effects technician.

     

    Employers of Games Developers

    Employers are largely games developers or games publishers. Games are created in a variety of different forms and as well as being used for PCs and games consoles, they can be commissioned by such diverse clients as:

    • educational institutions;
    • broadcasters;
    • DVD and CD-ROM authoring companies;
    • information providers such as local and national government;
    • Internet Service Providers (ISPs);
    • marketing and advertising agencies;
    • mobile phone companies;
    • design companies.

     

    Duties

    • developing designs or initial concept designs for games including game play;
    • generating game scripts and storyboards;
    • creating the visual aspects of the game at the concept stage;
    • using 2D or 3D modelling and animation software, such as Maya, at the production stage;
    • producing the audio features of the game, such as the character voices, music and sound effects;
    • programming the game using programming languages such as C++;
    • quality testing games in a systematic and thorough way to find problems or bugs and recording precisely where the problem was discovered;
    • solving complex technical problems that occur within the game’s production;
    • disseminating knowledge to colleagues, clients, publishers and gamers;
    • understanding complex written information, ideas and instructions;
    • working closely with team members to meet the needs of a project;
    • planning resources and managing both the team and the process;
    • performing effectively under pressure and meeting deadlines to ensure the game is completed on time.

     

    Qualifications

    A degree in software engineering, computer science or a related field is typically required to become a game developer. Game developers must be proficient in programming languages, such as java or C++. Foundation degree in one of the following subjects may increase your chances:

    • animation;
    • computer games development or design;
    • computer science;
    • graphic design;
    • interactive media;
    • mathematics;
    • multimedia design;
    • physics;
    • software engineering.

     

    Skills

    • technical ability, in particular familiarization with a range of software packages and/or programming languages;
    • the ability to work in a team and liaise with other professionals to complete the complex games;
    • self-motivation and the ability to work independently on your own projects;
    • creativity and problem-solving ability;
    • communication skills;
    • flexibility to meet deadlines and client requirements;
    • enthusiasm for the games industry.

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