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GAME DESIGNER/DIGITAL MEDIA PH.D., IN-DEPTH: Spreading Global Ideas With Viral Video Games

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Sarah, a digital media Ph.D. student, game designer, and conference organizer, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, and how to get into the industry. She finds the reach of a video game to be exciting as a designer. They have the ability to go viral and to reach a global audience very quickly to share different ideas and messages, which is a much quicker dissemination method than most other kinds of artwork.

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, Long hours, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Teamwork, Artistic, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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<span m='13170'>with</span> <span m='13330'>people.</span> <span m='14610'>So</span> <span m='15170'>even</span> <span m='15410'>though</span> <span m='15600'>we</span> <span m='15710'>don't</span> <span m='15910'>think</span> <span m='16100'>of</span> <span m='16230'>games</span> <span m='16700'>necessarily</span> <span m='17560'>as</span> <span m='17880'>like</span> <span m='18040'>other</span> <span m='18410'>artwork</span> <span m='18600'>that you would</span> <span m='18850'>see in</span> <span m='19140'>a</span> <span m='19210'>museum,</span> <span m='21360'>it's</span> <span m='21690'>the</span> <span m='21790'>kind</span> <span m='22030'>of</span> <span m='22170'>artwork</span> <span m='22660'>that</span> <span m='23530'>can</span> <span m='23950'>become</span> <span m='24210'>global</span> <span m='24680'>quickly</span> <span m='25190'>and</span> <span m='25480'>can</span> <span m='26740'>share</span> <span m='27090'>ideas</span> <span m='27490'>with</span> <span m='27580'>people</span> <span m='27870'>around</span> <span m='28040'>the</span> <span m='28100'>world.</span> <span m='30330'>So</span> <span m='30460'>I</span> <span m='30530'>think</span> <span m='30680'>it's a</span> <span m='30790'>really</span> <span m='31030'>important</span> <span m='31420'>tool</span> <span m='32259'>for</span> <span m='32430'>young</span> <span m='32610'>people</span> <span m='32890'>to</span> <span m='32980'>be</span> <span m='33390'>grasping</span> <span m='33850'>and</span> <span m='33970'>learning</span> <span m='35010'>so that</span> <span m='35240'>they</span> <span m='35340'>can</span> <span m='35460'>share</span> <span m='35630'>their</span> <span m='35810'>ideas.</span> <span m='36730'>And</span> <span m='37070'>that's</span> <span m='37260'>one of</span> <span m='37360'>the</span> <span m='37400'>things</span> <span m='37710'>that's</span> <span m='37910'>kind</span> <span m='38060'>of</span> <span m='38110'>exciting</span> <span m='38520'>about</span> <span m='38770'>using</span> <span m='39070'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='39770'>One</span> <span m='40190'>of</span> <span m='40400'>the</span> <span m='40510'>challenging</span> <span m='40990'>things</span> <span m='41610'>that</span> <span m='42460'>I</span> <span m='42630'>try</span> <span m='42850'>to</span> <span m='42910'>handle</span> <span m='43270'>with</span> <span m='43470'>my</span> <span m='43790'>advocacy</span> <span m='44280'>work</span> <span m='44570'>is</span> <span m='44920'>the</span> <span m='44990'>fact</span> <span m='45320'>that</span> <span m='46810'>we</span> <span m='47260'>kind</span> <span m='47510'>of</span> <span m='47580'>have--</span> <span m='48340'>some</span> <span m='48520'>people</span> <span m='48770'>say</span> <span m='48940'>that</span> <span m='49390'>game</span> <span m='49550'>culture</span> <span m='49880'>is a</span> <span m='49980'>little</span> <span m='50150'>bit</span> <span m='50360'>stale,</span> <span m='51650'>and</span> <span m='52000'>the</span> <span m='52750'>games</span> <span m='53090'>that</span> <span m='53230'>you</span> <span m='53300'>can</span> <span m='53420'>buy</span> <span m='53690'>at</span> <span m='53910'>GameStop</span> <span m='54290'>aren't</span> <span m='54520'>necessarily</span> <span m='55310'>games</span> <span m='55630'>that</span> <span m='55700'>have</span> <span m='55880'>anything</span> <span m='56190'>to</span> <span m='56290'>do</span> <span m='56590'>with</span> <span m='57800'>who</span> <span m='58170'>I am</span> <span m='58600'>or</span> <span m='58640'>maybe</span> <span m='58880'>who</span> <span m='59050'>you</span> <span m='59280'>are</span> <span m='59610'>or</span> <span m='59800'>what your</span> <span m='60030'>life is</span> <span m='60190'>like.</span> <span m='61330'>And</span> <span m='61510'>I</span> <span m='61570'>think</span> <span m='61780'>it's</span> <span m='61900'>a</span> <span m='61950'>really</span> <span m='62150'>exciting</span> <span m='62610'>moment</span> <span m='63140'>right</span> <span m='63390'>now</span> <span m='63670'>where</span> <span m='63880'>indie</span> <span m='64140'>games</span> <span m='64660'>and</span> <span m='64819'>games</span> <span m='65090'>made</span> <span m='65220'>by</span> <span m='65390'>all</span> <span m='65640'>kinds</span> <span m='65960'>of</span> <span m='66040'>different</span> <span m='66120'>people</span> <span m='66910'>are</span> <span m='67050'>being</span> <span m='67280'>made</span> <span m='67570'>and</span> <span m='67660'>shared</span> <span m='67920'>online,</span> <span m='68640'>and</span> <span m='69270'>a</span> <span m='69380'>whole</span> <span m='69630'>new</span> <span m='69850'>community</span> <span m='70450'>of</span> <span m='70810'>game</span> <span m='71200'>developers</span> <span m='71720'>is</span> <span m='71850'>growing</span> <span m='72200'>up</span> <span m='72390'>that's</span> <span m='72620'>really</span> <span m='72830'>challenging</span> <span m='73460'>the</span> <span m='73580'>kinds</span> <span m='73920'>of</span> <span m='75130'>sort</span> <span m='75340'>of</span> <span m='75440'>tired</span> <span m='75860'>old</span> <span m='76150'>games</span> <span m='76630'>of</span> <span m='76800'>just</span> <span m='77090'>military</span> <span m='78580'>combat</span> <span m='79270'>and</span> <span m='81070'>first</span> <span m='81340'>person</span> <span m='81590'>shooters</span> <span m='81960'>that</span> <span m='82190'>you</span> <span m='82330'>see</span> <span m='82550'>all</span> <span m='82660'>the</span> <span m='82730'>time</span> <span m='82980'>in</span> <span m='83070'>games.</span> <span m='83770'>Because</span> <span m='83960'>that</span> <span m='84310'>stuff is</span> <span m='84430'>really</span> <span m='84680'>awesome</span> <span m='85030'>and</span> <span m='85110'>exciting,</span> <span m='85700'>but</span> <span m='85830'>it's</span> <span m='86140'>also</span> <span m='86290'>really</span> <span m='86540'>nice</span> <span m='86750'>to</span> <span m='86830'>see</span> <span m='87320'>a</span> <span m='87460'>game</span> <span m='87910'>that's</span> <span m='88280'>about</span> <span m='88370'>you</span> <span m='88940'>and</span> <span m='89020'>about</span> <span m='89280'>your</span> <span m='89400'>experience</span> <span m='90090'>and</span> <span m='90450'>to</span> <span m='90540'>make</span> <span m='90720'>a</span> <span m='90760'>game</span> <span m='90970'>like</span> <span m='91170'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='92520'>My</span> <span m='92920'>key</span> <span m='93110'>decision</span> <span m='95300'>that</span> <span m='95720'>got</span> <span m='95920'>me</span> <span m='96040'>into</span> <span m='96260'>games</span> <span m='96890'>was</span> <span m='97540'>realizing</span> <span m='98560'>that</span> <span m='99170'>they're</span> <span m='99560'>this</span> <span m='99910'>explaining</span> <span m='100350'>medium</span> <span m='100850'>where</span> <span m='101410'>you don't</span> <span m='101650'>just</span> <span m='102200'>experience</span> <span m='103650'>things</span> <span m='103880'>like</span> <span m='104010'>you</span> <span m='104110'>experience</span> <span m='104560'>a</span> <span m='104650'>movie,</span> <span m='105400'>but</span> <span m='105670'>you</span> <span m='105780'>actually</span> <span m='106090'>interact</span> <span m='106470'>with</span> <span m='106570'>things,</span> <span m='106890'>and</span> <span m='107020'>you</span> <span m='107270'>embody</span> <span m='108270'>characters,</span> <span m='109180'>and</span> <span m='109370'>you</span> <span m='109690'>experience</span> <span m='110320'>things</span> <span m='110570'>in</span> <span m='110670'>a</span> <span m='110730'>whole</span> <span m='111090'>different</span> <span m='111390'>kind</span> <span m='111590'>of</span> <span m='111710'>way.</span> <span m='113780'>Learning</span> <span m='114270'>that</span> <span m='114650'>and</span> <span m='114820'>seeing</span> <span m='115230'>how</span> <span m='115620'>amazing</span> <span m='116140'>the</span> <span m='116240'>medium</span> <span m='116660'>is,</span> <span m='116925'>at</span> <span m='117190'>the</span> <span m='117280'>same</span> <span m='117560'>time</span> <span m='117940'>that</span> <span m='118120'>I</span> <span m='118200'>saw</span> <span m='118880'>that</span> <span m='119610'>it</span> <span m='119780'>was</span> <span m='119910'>so</span> <span m='120170'>limited</span> <span m='120670'>in</span> <span m='120770'>these</span> <span m='120940'>other</span> <span m='121200'>ways,</span> <span m='122510'>got</span> <span m='122690'>me</span> <span m='122860'>really</span> <span m='123110'>excited</span> <span m='123550'>as</span> <span m='123790'>a</span> <span m='124000'>critical</span> <span m='124330'>artist</span> <span m='124750'>and</span> <span m='125000'>sort</span> <span m='125190'>of</span> <span m='125450'>thinker</span> <span m='127100'>about</span> <span m='127760'>what was</span> <span m='128080'>missing</span> <span m='128410'>from</span> <span m='128600'>games,</span> <span m='129120'>and</span> <span m='129190'>that</span> <span m='129259'>there</span> <span m='129400'>was</span> <span m='129630'>this</span> <span m='129820'>big hole</span> <span m='130930'>of</span> <span m='131180'>people</span> <span m='132470'>who</span> <span m='132590'>weren't</span> <span m='132700'>being</span> <span m='132910'>represented</span> <span m='133720'>and</span> <span m='133850'>experiences</span> <span m='134400'>that</span> <span m='134490'>weren't</span> <span m='134630'>being</span> <span m='134830'>represented.</span> </p><p><span m='135660'>And</span> <span m='135840'>that</span> <span m='136030'>made</span> <span m='136190'>me</span> <span m='136290'>go,</span> <span m='136430'>just</span> <span m='136640'>like,</span> <span m='136800'>wow.</span> <span m='137090'>There's</span> <span m='138260'>really</span> <span m='138510'>a</span> <span m='138540'>need</span> <span m='138830'>for</span> <span m='138960'>this,</span> <span m='139180'>and</span> <span m='139250'>there's</span> <span m='139380'>really</span> <span m='139600'>room</span> <span m='139860'>for</span> <span m='140020'>this</span> <span m='140160'>in</span> <span m='140370'>games.</span> <span m='140840'>They</span> <span m='140940'>have</span> <span m='141170'>so</span> <span m='141530'>much</span> <span m='141810'>that</span> <span m='141920'>they</span> <span m='142020'>haven't</span> <span m='142350'>done</span> <span m='142570'>yet,</span> <span m='142840'>and</span> <span m='143020'>that</span> <span m='143430'>people</span> <span m='143810'>really</span> <span m='144000'>want</span> <span m='144280'>to</span> <span m='144350'>see</span> <span m='144580'>them</span> <span m='144770'>do.</span> <span m='145140'>And</span> <span m='145280'>it's</span> <span m='145420'>exciting</span> <span m='145770'>to</span> <span m='145820'>be</span> <span m='145940'>part</span> <span m='146250'>of</span> <span m='146490'>helping</span> <span m='147630'>broaden</span> <span m='148600'>what</span> <span m='148800'>they</span> <span m='148930'>do,</span> <span m='149250'>and</span> <span m='149350'>be</span> <span m='149470'>part</span> <span m='149720'>of</span> <span m='150160'>that</span> <span m='150420'>movement.</span> </p><p><span m='151550'>It</span> <span m='151750'>might</span> <span m='151940'>be</span> <span m='152050'>hard</span> <span m='152250'>to</span> <span m='152340'>get</span> <span m='152480'>a</span> <span m='152520'>job</span> <span m='152890'>at</span> <span m='154020'>a</span> <span m='154100'>company</span> <span m='154460'>like</span> <span m='154660'>Rockstar</span> <span m='155970'>or</span> <span m='157370'>become</span> <span m='157650'>the</span> <span m='157750'>CEO</span> <span m='158320'>of</span> <span m='158420'>GameStop</span> <span m='158910'>or</span> <span m='159000'>something.</span> <span m='159410'>But</span> <span m='159530'>there's</span> <span m='160110'>lots</span> <span m='160370'>of</span> <span m='160450'>different</span> <span m='160700'>kinds</span> <span m='160920'>of</span> <span m='160990'>jobs</span> <span m='161320'>that</span> <span m='161440'>you can</span> <span m='161670'>have</span> <span m='161990'>in</span> <span m='162100'>the</span> <span m='162170'>games</span> <span m='162450'>industry,</span> <span m='163260'>from</span> <span m='163810'>Q&A</span> <span m='164280'>work</span> <span m='164840'>to</span> <span m='165310'>different</span> <span m='165560'>kinds</span> <span m='165800'>of</span> <span m='165880'>production</span> <span m='166340'>work</span> <span m='166960'>to</span> <span m='167170'>writing</span> <span m='168630'>and</span> <span m='168990'>artwork.</span> <span m='169800'>And</span> <span m='170120'>so</span> <span m='170750'>just</span> <span m='171820'>getting</span> <span m='172040'>into</span> <span m='172250'>games</span> <span m='172810'>and</span> <span m='173070'>getting</span> <span m='173280'>excited</span> <span m='173640'>about</span> <span m='173820'>them</span> <span m='173970'>and</span> <span m='174060'>learning</span> <span m='174350'>about</span> <span m='174620'>all of</span> <span m='174830'>the</span> <span m='174930'>different</span> <span m='175330'>sort</span> <span m='175470'>of</span> <span m='175710'>aspects</span> <span m='176180'>of</span> <span m='176260'>their</span> <span m='176410'>production</span> <span m='177450'>can</span> <span m='177730'>lead</span> <span m='177960'>you</span> <span m='178310'>down</span> <span m='178700'>a</span> <span m='178850'>lot</span> <span m='179070'>of</span> <span m='179140'>different</span> <span m='179390'>paths in</span> <span m='179800'>games.</span> <span m='180530'>So</span> <span m='181020'>it</span> <span m='181190'>might</span> <span m='181360'>not</span> <span m='181787'>be--</span> <span m='182641'>not</span> <span m='183070'>everybody</span> <span m='183490'>is</span> <span m='183630'>going</span> <span m='183730'>to</span> <span m='183780'>become</span> <span m='184430'>sort</span> <span m='184620'>of</span> <span m='184700'>a</span> <span m='184760'>AAA</span> <span m='185210'>game</span> <span m='185420'>developer,</span> <span m='186330'>but</span> <span m='187070'>a</span> <span m='187870'>lot</span> <span m='188100'>more</span> <span m='188350'>people</span> <span m='188720'>could</span> <span m='188870'>be</span> <span m='189000'>making</span> <span m='189340'>games</span> <span m='189730'>that could</span> <span m='189930'>be</span> <span m='190220'>contributing</span> <span m='190750'>exciting</span> <span m='191190'>stuff</span> <span m='191460'>to</span> <span m='191580'>the</span> <span m='191650'>field.</span> 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