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VIDEO GAME PRODUCER: The Industry Is Ever Changing, Especially In Mobile

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Michael shares his story of working in high tech as a producer of video games. He shares with us what a typical day looks like by breaking it down into three parts. Plus, he imparts a key piece of advice he learned from 'some very smart people' about the importance of "planning for the next day." He also shares how he got into the gaming industry and what he's learned about working in such an ever changing field.

Degree: Management Information Systems and Services
Job Title: Producer of Video Games

Job Summary: Game Developer

Job Description

Game developer is an umbrella title for different roles in a development team that works together to create games. A game developer can be a game programmer, game architect, game designer, game artist, etc. They use computers to structure, design, test and publish games for different platforms.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, Patience, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='0'>Current</span> <span m='265'>job</span> <span m='530'>as</span> <span m='810'>a</span> <span m='870'>producer</span> <span m='1650'>for</span> <span m='2095'>a</span> <span m='2540'>game</span> <span m='2760'>company</span> <span m='3210'>located</span> <span m='3530'>in</span> <span m='3640'>San</span> <span m='4130'>Fransisco,</span> <span m='4230'>California.</span> <span m='4685'>My</span> <span m='5140'>typical</span> <span m='5580'>day</span> <span m='5820'>looks</span> <span m='6100'>like</span> <span m='6390'>checking</span> <span m='6710'>a lot of</span> <span m='7000'>emails</span> <span m='7850'>right</span> <span m='8029'>when</span> <span m='8140'>I</span> <span m='8170'>wake</span> <span m='8460'>up.</span> <span m='8790'>Check the</span> <span m='9180'>emails,</span> <span m='9990'>make</span> <span m='10140'>sure</span> <span m='10340'>that</span> <span m='10820'>there's</span> <span m='11220'>no</span> <span m='11320'>fires</span> <span m='11790'>that I</span> <span m='12150'>have to put</span> <span m='12290'>out</span> <span m='12460'>early in the</span> <span m='12710'>morning.</span> </p><p><span m='14200'>Once</span> <span m='14420'>I get in</span> <span m='14650'>the</span> <span m='14770'>office,</span> <span m='16054'>talk</span> <span m='16329'>to a</span> <span m='16600'>couple of</span> <span m='16840'>coworkers,</span> <span m='17630'>just</span> <span m='17790'>to</span> <span m='17850'>make</span> <span m='18030'>sure</span> <span m='18300'>that</span> <span m='19140'>everything's</span> <span m='19620'>in</span> <span m='19710'>order</span> <span m='20050'>for</span> <span m='20170'>the</span> <span m='20260'>day.</span> <span m='20880'>Speak</span> <span m='21220'>with an</span> <span m='21460'>external</span> <span m='21670'>developer</span> <span m='22090'>located</span> <span m='23060'>in</span> <span m='23130'>Canada</span> <span m='24250'>to</span> <span m='24330'>make</span> <span m='24460'>sure</span> <span m='24560'>that</span> <span m='24690'>they're</span> <span m='24850'>on</span> <span m='25010'>task.</span> <span m='26770'>Speaking</span> <span m='27140'>with</span> <span m='27390'>licensors</span> <span m='28900'>located</span> <span m='29260'>in</span> <span m='29380'>new</span> <span m='29450'>York.</span> <span m='30560'>It's</span> <span m='30640'>basically</span> <span m='31040'>just</span> <span m='31250'>checking</span> <span m='31620'>in,</span> <span m='31960'>that's</span> <span m='32509'>usually</span> <span m='32810'>the</span> <span m='32890'>first</span> <span m='33170'>part</span> <span m='33320'>of</span> <span m='33360'>the</span> <span m='33430'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='34320'>Second</span> <span m='34550'>part of the</span> <span m='34820'>day is</span> <span m='35050'>really</span> <span m='35200'>the</span> <span m='35310'>creative</span> <span m='35650'>aspect.</span> <span m='36100'>Once</span> <span m='36140'>you</span> <span m='36490'>get</span> <span m='36560'>your</span> <span m='36750'>juices</span> <span m='38030'>flowing,</span> <span m='39390'>at</span> <span m='39660'>least</span> <span m='39850'>for</span> <span m='39930'>me,</span> <span m='40790'>I'm</span> <span m='40840'>able</span> <span m='40910'>to</span> <span m='41950'>unleash</span> <span m='42230'>my</span> <span m='42340'>creative</span> <span m='43080'>side</span> <span m='44100'>and</span> <span m='44410'>start</span> <span m='44660'>working</span> <span m='44960'>on</span> <span m='45380'>next</span> <span m='45690'>features</span> <span m='46190'>for</span> <span m='47060'>post-launch</span> <span m='47440'>updates.</span> </p><p><span m='47740'>I</span> <span m='48040'>work in</span> <span m='48530'>mobile</span> <span m='48820'>apps,</span> <span m='49100'>so</span> <span m='49830'>our</span> <span m='49950'>service</span> <span m='50230'>is</span> <span m='50510'>more</span> <span m='50790'>of</span> <span m='50890'>a</span> <span m='51800'>continual</span> <span m='52200'>service,</span> <span m='52550'>rather</span> <span m='52780'>than</span> <span m='52970'>just</span> <span m='53540'>shipping</span> <span m='53820'>a</span> <span m='53870'>product</span> <span m='54180'>to</span> <span m='54230'>someone</span> <span m='55120'>and</span> <span m='55200'>expecting</span> <span m='55680'>them</span> <span m='55840'>to</span> <span m='56130'>be</span> <span m='56230'>satisfied</span> <span m='56700'>with it.</span> <span m='57080'>Now,</span> <span m='57170'>we</span> <span m='57260'>have to</span> <span m='57550'>update the</span> <span m='57710'>product</span> <span m='59650'>consistently to</span> <span m='60140'>keep</span> <span m='60410'>our</span> <span m='60510'>users</span> <span m='60870'>engaged.</span> <span m='61820'>So</span> <span m='62180'>it's</span> <span m='62330'>up</span> <span m='62440'>to us</span> <span m='62740'>to</span> <span m='62810'>be</span> <span m='63090'>as</span> <span m='63360'>creative</span> <span m='63610'>as</span> <span m='63710'>possible</span> <span m='64030'>in</span> <span m='64090'>terms</span> <span m='64370'>of</span> <span m='65010'>new</span> <span m='65150'>features,</span> <span m='65610'>new</span> <span m='65720'>things</span> <span m='65900'>to</span> <span m='66000'>do.</span> <span m='66210'>So</span> <span m='68310'>that</span> <span m='68700'>takes</span> <span m='68950'>up</span> <span m='69250'>the</span> <span m='69310'>second</span> <span m='69530'>part of my day.</span> </p><p><span m='69970'>And</span> <span m='70140'>then</span> <span m='70230'>the</span> <span m='70310'>last</span> <span m='70530'>part</span> <span m='70660'>of</span> <span m='70700'>my</span> <span m='70800'>day</span> <span m='70930'>is</span> <span m='71080'>just</span> <span m='72310'>circling</span> <span m='72500'>back</span> <span m='72740'>with</span> <span m='72860'>everyone,</span> <span m='73190'>making</span> <span m='73390'>sure</span> <span m='73560'>that</span> <span m='73690'>everything</span> <span m='74030'>was</span> <span m='74670'>done</span> <span m='74930'>properly</span> <span m='75350'>for</span> <span m='75460'>the</span> <span m='75550'>day,</span> <span m='75840'>preparing</span> <span m='76283'>for the</span> <span m='76726'>next</span> <span m='77169'>day.</span> <span m='77612'>That's a key</span> <span m='78055'>that</span> <span m='78500'>I</span> <span m='78860'>learned</span> <span m='79270'>from</span> <span m='80130'>some</span> <span m='80210'>very</span> <span m='80390'>smart</span> <span m='80660'>people</span> <span m='81010'>is</span> <span m='81120'>that</span> <span m='82340'>you</span> <span m='82430'>don't</span> <span m='82560'>want</span> <span m='82720'>to</span> <span m='82760'>go</span> <span m='82970'>into</span> <span m='83130'>the</span> <span m='83240'>next</span> <span m='83500'>day</span> <span m='83670'>without</span> <span m='83960'>knowing</span> <span m='84190'>what</span> <span m='84310'>you're</span> <span m='84400'>going</span> <span m='84480'>to</span> <span m='84530'>do</span> <span m='84650'>the</span> <span m='84740'>next</span> <span m='84970'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='85190'>So</span> <span m='85640'>you</span> <span m='85790'>want</span> <span m='85910'>to</span> <span m='85950'>take</span> <span m='86090'>at</span> <span m='86130'>least</span> <span m='86290'>30</span> <span m='86480'>minutes</span> <span m='86720'>to an</span> <span m='86870'>hour</span> <span m='87230'>previous</span> <span m='87720'>day</span> <span m='88100'>just to</span> <span m='88740'>prepare</span> <span m='89150'>for</span> <span m='89230'>the</span> <span m='89310'>next</span> <span m='89540'>day.</span> <span m='89760'>So</span> <span m='89910'>that</span> <span m='90840'>all</span> <span m='91050'>these</span> <span m='91230'>other</span> <span m='91360'>things</span> <span m='91570'>that</span> <span m='91660'>you have to</span> <span m='91770'>deal</span> <span m='92080'>with</span> <span m='92240'>in</span> <span m='92320'>the</span> <span m='92410'>day,</span> <span m='92820'>which</span> <span m='93090'>is</span> <span m='93700'>getting</span> <span m='94080'>to</span> <span m='94200'>work,</span> <span m='95010'>waking</span> <span m='95370'>up--</span> <span m='95980'>all</span> <span m='96150'>these</span> <span m='96500'>stress</span> <span m='97010'>thing</span> <span m='97230'>that</span> <span m='97440'>happen</span> <span m='97690'>in</span> <span m='97750'>the</span> <span m='97830'>morning,</span> <span m='98730'>once</span> <span m='99310'>you</span> <span m='99380'>get</span> <span m='99530'>to</span> <span m='99600'>work,</span> <span m='100560'>that</span> <span m='100690'>stress is</span> <span m='100980'>relieved,</span> <span m='101390'>because</span> <span m='102210'>you</span> <span m='102460'>know</span> <span m='102610'>what</span> <span m='102740'>you're</span> <span m='102830'>going</span> <span m='102940'>to</span> <span m='103010'>do.</span> <span m='103570'>At</span> <span m='103710'>least you</span> <span m='103910'>planned for it.</span> <span m='104890'>Obviously,</span> <span m='105240'>things are</span> <span m='105450'>unexpected,</span> <span m='106920'>but</span> <span m='107520'>as</span> <span m='107640'>long as you</span> <span m='107800'>have</span> <span m='107910'>a</span> <span m='107960'>plan</span> <span m='108190'>going</span> <span m='108380'>into</span> <span m='108450'>the</span> <span m='108630'>day,</span> <span m='108905'>that'll</span> <span m='109180'>help.</span> <span m='109740'>And</span> <span m='109950'>that's</span> <span m='110200'>pretty</span> <span m='110370'>much</span> <span m='111090'>how</span> <span m='111270'>I</span> <span m='111360'>do</span> <span m='111630'>my</span> <span m='112366'>day-to-day</span> <span m='112842'>business.</span> </p><p><span m='113320'>Career path--</span> <span m='113620'>I</span> <span m='114340'>graduated</span> <span m='114870'>from</span> <span m='115040'>college</span> <span m='115295'>at</span> <span m='115550'>UC</span> <span m='115780'>Santa</span> <span m='115900'>Cruz</span> <span m='117260'>2004.</span> <span m='118700'>Now</span> <span m='118910'>I'm</span> <span m='119010'>dating</span> <span m='119290'>myself,</span> <span m='119680'>but</span> <span m='120010'>that's</span> <span m='120340'>OK.</span> <span m='122300'>I</span> <span m='122670'>started</span> <span m='122730'>out as</span> <span m='122890'>a</span> <span m='123320'>game</span> <span m='123650'>tester</span> <span m='124960'>in</span> <span m='125030'>the</span> <span m='125120'>industry.</span> <span m='126670'>I</span> <span m='126760'>got</span> <span m='126920'>a</span> <span m='126960'>degree</span> <span m='127240'>in</span> <span m='127340'>information</span> <span m='127740'>systems</span> <span m='128130'>management,</span> <span m='129160'>kind</span> <span m='129330'>of</span> <span m='129509'>hard</span> <span m='129729'>finding</span> <span m='129979'>a</span> <span m='130020'>job</span> <span m='130320'>at</span> <span m='130490'>time</span> <span m='130759'>2004-2005.</span> </p><p><span m='132760'>So</span> <span m='133510'>I</span> <span m='133530'>started</span> <span m='133940'>as</span> <span m='134030'>a</span> <span m='134070'>game</span> <span m='134280'>tester.</span> <span m='134700'>It was</span> <span m='135290'>very</span> <span m='135560'>low</span> <span m='135810'>barrier</span> <span m='136150'>to</span> <span m='136230'>entry.</span> <span m='137080'>Got</span> <span m='137290'>in,</span> <span m='137740'>loved it.</span> <span m='138350'>I love</span> <span m='138470'>games.</span> <span m='139510'>I</span> <span m='139830'>love</span> <span m='140970'>making</span> <span m='141210'>sure that</span> <span m='141370'>things</span> <span m='141590'>are</span> <span m='141640'>done</span> <span m='141800'>right,</span> <span m='142120'>so</span> <span m='142240'>testing</span> <span m='142550'>was</span> <span m='143130'>good</span> <span m='143270'>for</span> <span m='143360'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='144938'>Progressed</span> <span m='145374'>in that</span> <span m='145810'>path,</span> <span m='146400'>eventually</span> <span m='146780'>became</span> <span m='148400'>a</span> <span m='148480'>manager</span> <span m='148990'>of</span> <span m='149140'>test</span> <span m='149500'>departments,</span> <span m='151100'>supervisors</span> <span m='151730'>of</span> <span m='151840'>different</span> <span m='152080'>departments.</span> <span m='152520'>And now</span> <span m='152640'>I'm a</span> <span m='152850'>producer,</span> <span m='153920'>where I</span> <span m='154050'>actually,</span> <span m='154390'>basically,</span> <span m='156140'>circle</span> <span m='156500'>everyone</span> <span m='157040'>that's</span> <span m='157950'>involved</span> <span m='158300'>in</span> <span m='158340'>the</span> <span m='158420'>project</span> <span m='159170'>under</span> <span m='159370'>one</span> <span m='160010'>umbrella</span> <span m='160830'>to</span> <span m='161230'>make</span> <span m='161400'>sure</span> <span m='161520'>that</span> <span m='161650'>we</span> <span m='161750'>get</span> <span m='161860'>the</span> <span m='161940'>product</span> <span m='162340'>done on</span> <span m='162570'>time,</span> <span m='164170'>within</span> <span m='164980'>the</span> <span m='165050'>budget,</span> <span m='166140'>that'll</span> <span m='166430'>make</span> <span m='166610'>us</span> <span m='166740'>the</span> <span m='166820'>most</span> <span m='167150'>revenue.</span> </p><p><span m='167976'>What</span> <span m='168390'>I</span> <span m='168490'>didn't</span> <span m='168720'>know was</span> <span m='168980'>how</span> <span m='169130'>difficult</span> <span m='169540'>it would be.</span> <span m='169995'>When you</span> <span m='170450'>think</span> <span m='170650'>about</span> <span m='170880'>it,</span> <span m='171170'>you're doing</span> <span m='171300'>game</span> <span m='172360'>development,</span> <span m='172790'>game</span> <span m='172930'>publishing.</span> <span m='173515'>Everyone</span> <span m='173770'>thinks</span> <span m='174160'>so</span> <span m='174290'>that's</span> <span m='174480'>a</span> <span m='174510'>great</span> <span m='174730'>job,</span> <span m='174970'>that's</span> <span m='175050'>a fun</span> <span m='175180'>job,</span> <span m='175520'>that's</span> <span m='175680'>an</span> <span m='175770'>easy</span> <span m='176000'>job.</span> <span m='177230'>It's</span> <span m='177570'>not</span> <span m='177750'>as</span> <span m='177880'>cracked</span> <span m='178120'>as</span> <span m='178280'>it</span> <span m='178360'>looks</span> <span m='178720'>to</span> <span m='178890'>be</span> <span m='179000'>sometimes.</span> </p><p><span m='179830'>Most of</span> <span m='180245'>the time,</span> <span m='180660'>it's</span> <span m='180870'>not</span> <span m='181010'>bad,</span> <span m='181340'>you</span> <span m='181630'>can't</span> <span m='181870'>complain.</span> <span m='183070'>You're</span> <span m='183380'>still</span> <span m='183680'>doing</span> <span m='183910'>something</span> <span m='184170'>that you</span> <span m='184340'>like to</span> <span m='184752'>do,</span> <span m='185576'>but</span> <span m='185990'>I</span> <span m='186140'>definitely</span> <span m='186250'>say</span> <span m='186440'>it</span> <span m='186510'>was</span> <span m='187380'>the</span> <span m='187510'>difficulty</span> <span m='188180'>of</span> <span m='190490'>navigating</span> <span m='190990'>the</span> <span m='191070'>industry.</span> <span m='192040'>The</span> <span m='192360'>Industry is</span> <span m='192750'>ever</span> <span m='192930'>changing,</span> <span m='193440'>especially</span> <span m='193847'>mobile.</span> <span m='195070'>Every</span> <span m='195310'>couple</span> <span m='195520'>years</span> <span m='195850'>it</span> <span m='196160'>goes</span> <span m='196360'>in</span> <span m='196410'>a</span> <span m='196450'>different</span> <span m='196700'>direction.</span> <span m='197535'>But</span> <span m='197940'>the</span> <span m='198040'>trajectory</span> <span m='198480'>is</span> <span m='198610'>up</span> <span m='198990'>right</span> <span m='199200'>now,</span> <span m='199820'>but</span> <span m='200000'>you</span> <span m='200040'>never</span> <span m='200240'>know</span> <span m='200340'>what</span> <span m='200440'>can</span> <span m='200550'>happen.</span> <span m='201750'>But</span> <span m='202050'>yeah,</span> <span m='202350'>it's</span> <span m='202650'>just a</span> <span m='202950'>difficult</span> <span m='203250'>thing.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305210,"video_id":"2785642807001","name":"1382-Michael-p-VideoGameProducer","duration":204011,"thumbnail_url":null}});