Just like game designers themselves, workstations at a game studio vary from person to person. But most of them share some similarities that allow the developers to do their job while giving it a hint of personality.
The following are some of the common things that you’ll find at a game designer’s workstation:
Two Or More Monitors: It doesn’t matter whether the person is an artist, a designer, or a programmer, possibilities are the workstation is going to have several monitors. For example, a video game designer with a scripting role may have three monitors on his desk. One to display the game’s code, a second for the editor, and a third one to view the game in action. Along with these monitors, you’ll, of course, have anything from laptops, desktops, and notebooks. This includes the essential tools to use those machines like a mouse, keyboard, etc.
Notepads and Whiteboards: Sometimes the best method to get an idea quickly and share it with others is by penning it down rather than typing it into a computer. Hence, notepads are often found over a game designer’s workspace depicting quick ideas or even drawings. Whiteboards are also popular, as they are a convenient and visual way of updating and showing schedules, pipelines, etc.
A Developer Kit: Software development kits, also known as devkit are a set of software development tools that give designers the capability to create applications for an operating system software package, a computer system, or a video game console. Devkits are normally issued to the developers by their respective companies so they can develop games for their particular console. Developer kits are also beneficial because they have more RAM than the regular console, which makes it simpler for designers to perform tasks like debugging much smoother.
Toys And Action Figures: Game developers work in one of the most fun and creative industries, it makes sense that they would love to have a few fun things around their desk. These things can be anything from action figures and video game toys to plushies in the shape of iconic characters. Some designers may prefer keeping their toys at home, but most of them enjoy the freedom to make their space feel more comfortable and personal by placing their favorite game-related accessories on their desk.
Are you a game designer? What are the essential elements of your workstation? Share with us in the comments section!
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