So have you decided to become a video game designer? You love playing the video games and can’t think of anything rather than developing the next generation of fun? Hundreds of other people think just like you.
There are plenty of video game developing companies out there, but the number of qualified candidates looking for work continues to rise as well. Hence, a college degree and passion won’t allow you to get the job. You need to present yourself in a way that stands out from the crowd, as this is a very competitive career.
Becoming a Game Designer: The Pros
Independence: You can imagine and create your own game. The market requires creative and unique talent as this field is very competitive and more people are studying game design. While waiting for your dream company to start hiring, you can start building your own game.
Your Game can affect millions of people: Nowadays, games are not just for entertainment. With these games, people are getting educated, getting training and relaxing their whole day stress. So you get paid for being creative, and you can play these games as well.
Becoming a Game Designer: The Cons
The hours: A designer’s life completely revolves around the game until it is fully designed and ready for the final release, he ought to spend almost all his hours in the office. So you need to manage all your work according to your job.
Communication: If you are not able to express your thoughts properly, you can create a stumbling block in anything that you attempt. It may be even more difficult to design a game in the language you don’t know.
Education: Your education background plays a vital role in getting the attention of various video development companies. As all game design programs are not equal while some are more detailed and require education from grassroots and other programs are assumed that they can be completed by anybody.
Location: Think of the place where you live. Some states have a bigger concentration of game developing companies while others don’t have. So keep your location into consideration.
Overcoming These Challenges
Move: Make that move if your location doesn’t have the design companies. Relocation is the best way.
Engage: Get familiar with the language of your game development so that you can at least participate in the conversations related to programming, art, and storytelling. You may understand what you have done well enough, but you should learn how to express yourself so that others understand your ideas the way you want to convey to them.
Offer to work for free: In any career, landing as a fresher and getting that first position is normally the hardest. Be ready to take anything that you’ll be able to use on your resume later.
Keep learning: Do not go to college just to get your degree. Choose a program that will deliver you the advantage over other designers. Growing your knowledge base is the more effective way to get ahead of your competition. Keep up to date on the latest software and tools. Try building your own games from home.
So what have you decided regarding your career in gaming field. Let us know in the comments section!
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