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GAME DESIGNER/DIGITAL MEDIA PH.D.: Organizing People On The Margins Of Games

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Sarah is a digital media Ph.D. student, a game designer, and a conference organizer. She is currently organizing a conference that will bring together women, people of color, and people of different sexual orientations to make games. Sarah comes from an art background where she was focusing her work on social justice issues. Now she is bringing that framework into her game design work and creating educational games.

School: Georgia Tech
Degree: Art
Job Title: Ph.D. Student/Game Designer

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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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

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Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='13100'>conference</span> <span m='13720'>in</span> <span m='13840'>Brooklyn</span> <span m='14400'>called</span> <span m='14660'>Different</span> <span m='14970'>Games,</span> <span m='15590'>which</span> <span m='15800'>is</span> <span m='15940'>about</span> <span m='17030'>getting</span> <span m='17390'>more</span> <span m='17660'>women</span> <span m='18190'>and</span> <span m='18290'>people</span> <span m='18520'>of</span> <span m='18620'>color</span> <span m='19500'>and</span> <span m='19820'>people</span> <span m='20030'>of</span> <span m='20090'>different</span> <span m='20320'>sexual</span> <span m='20590'>orientations</span> <span m='21220'>and</span> <span m='21380'>gender</span> <span m='21640'>presentations</span> <span m='22390'>into</span> <span m='22620'>making</span> <span m='22910'>games.</span> <span m='24580'>So</span> <span m='26320'>a</span> <span m='26490'>typical</span> <span m='26910'>day</span> <span m='27090'>for</span> <span m='27250'>me</span> <span m='27700'>is</span> <span m='28080'>coordinating</span> <span m='28600'>speakers,</span> <span m='30230'>reaching</span> <span m='30540'>out</span> <span m='30660'>to</span> <span m='30740'>people</span> <span m='31380'>about</span> <span m='32200'>samples</span> <span m='32549'>of</span> <span m='32640'>their</span> <span m='32800'>work,</span> <span m='33640'>and</span> <span m='34360'>working</span> <span m='35030'>on</span> <span m='35380'>academic</span> <span m='35880'>papers</span> <span m='36320'>for</span> <span m='36500'>my</span> <span m='37720'>schoolwork.</span> <span m='39510'>But</span> <span m='40900'>I</span> <span m='41410'>also</span> <span m='41620'>do</span> <span m='41750'>creative</span> <span m='42100'>work,</span> <span m='42380'>like</span> <span m='43360'>making</span> <span m='43900'>games</span> <span m='44165'>that</span> <span m='44430'>are</span> <span m='44540'>for</span> <span m='44700'>education</span> <span m='45500'>or</span> <span m='45750'>just</span> <span m='46060'>really</span> <span m='46300'>fun</span> <span m='46600'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='47240'>I</span> <span m='47410'>actually</span> <span m='47690'>went</span> <span m='47840'>to</span> <span m='47920'>art</span> <span m='48140'>school,</span> <span m='48790'>and</span> <span m='48970'>I</span> <span m='49030'>used</span> <span m='49190'>to</span> <span m='49260'>make</span> <span m='49480'>video</span> <span m='49800'>art</span> <span m='50820'>and do</span> <span m='51070'>photography.</span> <span m='52620'>And</span> <span m='52840'>all of</span> <span m='53010'>my</span> <span m='53160'>stuff</span> <span m='53480'>was</span> <span m='53870'>about</span> <span m='54780'>social</span> <span m='55150'>justice</span> <span m='55630'>issues,</span> <span m='56240'>which</span> <span m='57220'>is</span> <span m='57360'>kind</span> <span m='57550'>of</span> <span m='57590'>like</span> <span m='57870'>how</span> <span m='58160'>we</span> <span m='58300'>can</span> <span m='58430'>make</span> <span m='58610'>things</span> <span m='58790'>better</span> <span m='59060'>in</span> <span m='59140'>the</span> <span m='59210'>world,</span> <span m='59570'>how</span> <span m='59700'>we</span> <span m='59800'>can</span> <span m='59940'>deal</span> <span m='60300'>with</span> <span m='61100'>challenging</span> <span m='61540'>subjects,</span> <span m='63220'>and</span> <span m='64360'>try</span> <span m='64629'>to</span> <span m='64760'>sort</span> <span m='64970'>of</span> <span m='65980'>create</span> <span m='66430'>change.</span> <span m='67320'>So</span> <span m='67680'>when</span> <span m='67840'>I</span> <span m='67890'>got</span> <span m='68040'>out</span> <span m='68170'>of</span> <span m='68240'>school,</span> <span m='69420'>I</span> <span m='69730'>started</span> <span m='70060'>teaching</span> <span m='70930'>kids</span> <span m='71240'>and</span> <span m='71330'>teenagers</span> <span m='71890'>about</span> <span m='72110'>technology</span> <span m='72740'>and</span> <span m='72870'>using</span> <span m='73090'>technology</span> <span m='73550'>to</span> <span m='73610'>make</span> <span m='73740'>their own</span> <span m='74020'>films.</span> </p><p><span m='74690'>And</span> <span m='74930'>then</span> <span m='75060'>I</span> <span m='75130'>started</span> <span m='75550'>learning</span> <span m='75790'>about</span> <span m='75980'>game</span> <span m='76110'>design</span> <span m='76610'>and</span> <span m='77120'>learning</span> <span m='77410'>about</span> <span m='77630'>teaching</span> <span m='77920'>game</span> <span m='78090'>design.</span> <span m='78720'>So</span> <span m='78900'>I</span> <span m='78970'>actually</span> <span m='79520'>got</span> <span m='80300'>into</span> <span m='80670'>games</span> <span m='81150'>as</span> <span m='81380'>a</span> <span m='81460'>teacher,</span> <span m='82220'>and</span> <span m='82410'>then</span> <span m='82560'>I</span> <span m='82610'>started</span> <span m='82870'>figuring</span> <span m='83260'>out</span> <span m='83580'>that</span> <span m='83950'>I</span> <span m='84220'>wanted</span> <span m='84410'>to</span> <span m='84460'>be a</span> <span m='84600'>game</span> <span m='84790'>designer.</span> <span m='85350'>And</span> <span m='85770'>I</span> <span m='85830'>started</span> <span m='86090'>making</span> <span m='86290'>my</span> <span m='86430'>own</span> <span m='86580'>games.</span> <span m='88200'>So</span> <span m='88660'>I've</span> <span m='88740'>kind</span> <span m='88960'>of</span> <span m='89000'>continued</span> <span m='89800'>doing</span> <span m='90620'>some</span> <span m='90820'>education</span> <span m='91270'>work,</span> <span m='92230'>and</span> <span m='92450'>I</span> <span m='92530'>really</span> <span m='92760'>see</span> <span m='92890'>myself</span> <span m='93220'>as</span> <span m='93400'>a</span> <span m='93710'>community</span> <span m='94030'>organizer</span> <span m='95050'>organizing</span> <span m='96450'>people</span> <span m='96740'>who are</span> <span m='96930'>on</span> <span m='97010'>the</span> <span m='97080'>margins</span> <span m='97480'>of</span> <span m='97610'>games.</span> <span m='98900'>But</span> <span m='99220'>at</span> <span m='99300'>the</span> <span m='99370'>same</span> <span m='99570'>time,</span> <span m='99830'>I</span> <span m='99890'>have</span> <span m='100150'>an</span> <span m='100240'>artistic</span> <span m='100610'>practice</span> <span m='101010'>now,</span> <span m='101320'>and</span> <span m='101470'>I'm</span> <span m='101580'>really</span> <span m='101960'>psyched</span> <span m='102350'>that</span> <span m='102590'>games</span> <span m='103070'>are</span> <span m='103270'>a</span> <span m='103290'>big</span> <span m='103440'>part</span> <span m='103700'>of</span> <span m='103780'>it.</span> <span m='103990'>So</span> <span m='105050'>games</span> <span m='105370'>are</span> <span m='105450'>kind</span> <span m='105630'>of</span> <span m='105730'>my</span> <span m='105860'>artwork</span> <span m='106060'>now</span> <span m='106270'>and</span> <span m='106650'>my</span> <span m='107030'>way</span> <span m='107410'>of</span> <span m='107640'>being</span> <span m='108130'>expressive.</span> </p><p><span m='108620'>So</span> <span m='108800'>the</span> <span m='108930'>advice</span> <span m='109250'>that I</span> <span m='109420'>would</span> <span m='109540'>give to</span> <span m='109710'>somebody</span> <span m='110260'>who</span> <span m='110710'>is</span> <span m='111250'>maybe</span> <span m='111500'>in</span> <span m='111550'>high</span> <span m='111700'>school</span> <span m='112250'>or</span> <span m='112420'>younger</span> <span m='113440'>today</span> <span m='113950'>is</span> <span m='114280'>really</span> <span m='114570'>think</span> <span m='114760'>about</span> <span m='115090'>what</span> <span m='115350'>you're</span> <span m='115480'>interested</span> <span m='115970'>in</span> <span m='116280'>and</span> <span m='116590'>really</span> <span m='117280'>be</span> <span m='118000'>cool</span> <span m='118310'>with</span> <span m='118440'>the</span> <span m='118570'>idea</span> <span m='118860'>of</span> <span m='118950'>making</span> <span m='119240'>that</span> <span m='119420'>your</span> <span m='119540'>focus</span> <span m='120270'>and</span> <span m='120600'>working</span> <span m='121120'>on</span> <span m='121230'>things</span> <span m='121730'>and</span> <span m='122150'>really</span> <span m='122460'>spending</span> <span m='122790'>time</span> <span m='123040'>on</span> <span m='123150'>them</span> <span m='123460'>and</span> <span m='123710'>developing</span> <span m='124010'>them.</span> <span m='124510'>And</span> <span m='124660'>they</span> <span m='124760'>don't</span> <span m='124920'>have</span> <span m='125060'>to</span> <span m='125170'>be</span> <span m='125420'>the</span> <span m='125520'>thing</span> <span m='125670'>that</span> <span m='125760'>you're</span> <span m='125860'>going</span> <span m='125960'>to</span> <span m='126030'>do for</span> <span m='126230'>the</span> <span m='126310'>rest</span> <span m='126500'>of</span> <span m='126540'>your</span> <span m='126690'>life,</span> <span m='127270'>but</span> <span m='127570'>just</span> <span m='127950'>having</span> <span m='128150'>the</span> <span m='128229'>experience</span> <span m='128710'>of</span> <span m='128780'>being</span> <span m='128940'>passionate</span> <span m='129410'>about</span> <span m='129610'>something and</span> <span m='130100'>actually</span> <span m='130840'>just</span> <span m='131660'>going</span> <span m='131950'>out</span> <span m='132140'>on your own</span> <span m='132430'>and</span> <span m='132600'>making</span> <span m='132930'>it,</span> <span m='133050'>whether</span> <span m='133340'>it's</span> <span m='133480'>a</span> <span m='133520'>game</span> <span m='133950'>or</span> <span m='134080'>a</span> <span m='134120'>film</span> <span m='134750'>or</span> <span m='135993'>a</span> <span m='136880'>book</span> <span m='137070'>you</span> <span m='137210'>want</span> <span m='137360'>to</span> <span m='137430'>write</span> <span m='137830'>or</span> <span m='138260'>any</span> <span m='138610'>kind</span> <span m='138820'>of</span> <span m='138910'>ambition.</span> </p><p><span m='140110'>It's</span> <span m='140290'>really</span> <span m='140510'>important</span> <span m='141040'>to--</span> <span m='142866'>you</span> <span m='143360'>got</span> <span m='143540'>to</span> <span m='143630'>get</span> <span m='143840'>through</span> <span m='144000'>school.</span> <span m='144380'>You</span> <span m='144500'>got</span> <span m='144610'>to</span> <span m='144670'>graduate.</span> <span m='145570'>You</span> <span m='145690'>should</span> <span m='145930'>get</span> <span m='146150'>OK</span> <span m='146470'>grades.</span> <span m='148050'>You</span> <span m='148190'>should</span> <span m='148390'>figure</span> <span m='148730'>out</span> <span m='148980'>how</span> <span m='149660'>to</span> <span m='149760'>be</span> <span m='149940'>able</span> <span m='150100'>to</span> <span m='150270'>get</span> <span m='151800'>stuff</span> <span m='152140'>done</span> <span m='152530'>that</span> <span m='152700'>maybe</span> <span m='153170'>isn't</span> <span m='153570'>what</span> <span m='153770'>you're</span> <span m='153890'>passionate</span> <span m='154430'>about,</span> <span m='154920'>because that's a</span> <span m='155120'>part</span> <span m='155360'>of</span> <span m='155450'>life,</span> <span m='156090'>right?</span> </p><p><span m='156470'>But</span> <span m='156770'>the</span> <span m='156860'>stuff</span> <span m='157080'>that's</span> <span m='157260'>really</span> <span m='157470'>exciting</span> <span m='157950'>in</span> <span m='158020'>life</span> <span m='158290'>is</span> <span m='158430'>figuring</span> <span m='158710'>out</span> <span m='158790'>what</span> <span m='158880'>you</span> <span m='159060'>are</span> <span m='159210'>passionate</span> <span m='159650'>about.</span> <span m='160360'>And</span> <span m='160520'>that's</span> <span m='160700'>what's</span> <span m='160840'>going</span> <span m='160980'>to</span> <span m='161080'>really</span> <span m='161280'>carry you</span> <span m='161670'>forward</span> <span m='162480'>in</span> <span m='162610'>your</span> <span m='162730'>career,</span> <span m='163210'>in</span> <span m='163290'>your</span> <span m='163410'>life</span> <span m='163600'>in</span> <span m='163720'>general.</span> <span m='164520'>So</span> <span m='165140'>you</span> <span m='165580'>don't</span> <span m='165700'>have</span> <span m='165780'>to</span> <span m='165880'>know</span> <span m='166000'>exactly</span> <span m='166330'>what</span> <span m='166470'>you</span> <span m='166550'>want</span> <span m='166720'>to</span> <span m='166840'>do,</span> <span m='167300'>but</span> <span m='167580'>find</span> <span m='167880'>something</span> <span m='168260'>that</span> <span m='168430'>you</span> <span m='168500'>think</span> <span m='168660'>is</span> <span m='168760'>really</span> <span m='168990'>exciting,</span> <span m='169760'>and</span> <span m='170550'>really</span> <span m='170890'>just</span> <span m='171190'>do</span> <span m='171360'>it.</span> <span m='171580'>Just</span> <span m='172240'>do</span> <span m='172370'>it</span> <span m='172460'>on</span> <span m='172550'>your</span> <span m='172780'>own.</span> <span m='173370'>Do it</span> <span m='173530'>for</span> <span m='173660'>yourself.</span> <span m='174270'>Share it</span> <span m='174570'>with</span> <span m='174690'>people</span> <span m='175070'>that</span> <span m='175330'>you</span> <span m='175420'>trust</span> <span m='175870'>and</span> <span m='176050'>who will</span> <span m='176260'>care</span> <span m='176500'>about</span> <span m='176740'>it.</span> <span 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