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GAME DESIGNER: My Day To Day Activities

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This game designer talks about his day-to-day activities in depth. His insight about what he wishes he knew about his job might surprise you!

Degree: Computer Science
Job Title: Game Designer
Employer: QCF

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
National Statistic Change Location
$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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m='13890'>off</span> <span m='14030'>where we'll</span> <span m='14350'>have a</span> <span m='14500'>Monday</span> <span m='14930'>meeting,</span> <span m='16480'>talk</span> <span m='16690'>about</span> <span m='16980'>some</span> <span m='17130'>design</span> <span m='17580'>issues</span> <span m='18110'>and</span> <span m='18420'>bugs</span> <span m='18660'>that have</span> <span m='18760'>cropped</span> <span m='19080'>up</span> <span m='19190'>in the</span> <span m='19390'>week</span> <span m='19610'>before,</span> <span m='20510'>spend</span> <span m='20810'>the</span> <span m='20900'>next</span> <span m='21250'>couple</span> <span m='21580'>of</span> <span m='21650'>days</span> <span m='22030'>patching</span> <span m='22330'>up</span> <span m='22740'>some</span> <span m='22980'>holes</span> <span m='23295'>in the</span> <span m='23610'>game</span> <span m='24060'>that have</span> <span m='24330'>emerged,</span> <span m='25090'>and</span> <span m='25510'>then</span> <span m='26840'>finally</span> <span m='26960'>move</span> <span m='27360'>on</span> <span m='27500'>to</span> <span m='27850'>cycles</span> <span m='28280'>such as</span> <span m='28700'>content</span> <span m='29260'>generation,</span> <span m='30072'>and</span> <span m='30480'>other</span> <span m='31970'>tweaks</span> <span m='32415'>and</span> <span m='32860'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='33110'>that</span> <span m='33650'>arise</span> <span m='33970'>in</span> <span m='34390'>the</span> <span m='34810'>game.</span> </p><p><span m='35820'>I</span> <span m='35940'>had</span> <span m='36120'>no</span> <span m='36270'>formal</span> <span m='36740'>game</span> <span m='37040'>development</span> <span m='37580'>education.</span> <span m='38260'>I</span> <span m='38600'>did</span> <span m='38690'>a</span> <span m='38980'>computer</span> <span m='39370'>science</span> <span m='39820'>degree</span> <span m='40766'>at a</span> <span m='41192'>university,</span> <span m='42120'>a</span> <span m='42150'>couple of</span> <span m='42460'>years</span> <span m='42880'>there.</span> <span m='43360'>But</span> <span m='43840'>otherwise,</span> <span m='44360'>I</span> <span m='44410'>basically</span> <span m='44890'>got</span> <span m='45070'>into</span> <span m='45350'>the</span> <span m='45490'>business</span> <span m='46050'>just</span> <span m='46290'>by</span> <span m='46990'>having</span> <span m='47380'>it as</span> <span m='47570'>a</span> <span m='47620'>hobby,</span> <span m='47875'>and doing</span> <span m='48130'>it</span> <span m='48460'>casually,</span> <span m='49330'>and</span> <span m='49790'>letting it</span> <span m='50120'>explode</span> <span m='50460'>from</span> <span m='50800'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='53160'>When</span> <span m='53690'>I</span> <span m='53750'>started</span> <span m='54110'>my</span> <span m='54240'>career,</span> <span m='54710'>I</span> <span m='54920'>really</span> <span m='55400'>wish</span> <span m='55710'>I</span> <span 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