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GAME DESIGNER, IN-DEPTH: You Have To Put Your Nose To The Grindstone

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Rebecca, a game designer, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that it can be tricky to break into the industry, but if you choose not to go the school route, another way would be to go through quality assurance testing where you test games all day.

Degree: Digital Media
Job Title: 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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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, 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='13540'>that</span> <span m='13770'>something</span> <span m='14060'>I'm</span> <span m='14180'>doing</span> <span m='14670'>has</span> <span m='14900'>an</span> <span m='14980'>impact</span> <span m='15470'>on</span> <span m='15650'>them,</span> <span m='16760'>that</span> <span m='17090'>definitely</span> <span m='17440'>is</span> <span m='17550'>my</span> <span m='17680'>favorite</span> <span m='17990'>part</span> <span m='18170'>of</span> <span m='18220'>my</span> <span m='18350'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='18950'>And</span> <span m='19120'>I</span> <span m='19190'>would</span> <span m='19280'>have</span> <span m='19400'>to</span> <span m='19470'>say,</span> <span m='20180'>definitely</span> <span m='20290'>the</span> <span m='20440'>trickiest</span> <span m='20870'>part</span> <span m='21010'>of</span> <span m='21050'>my</span> <span m='21190'>job</span> <span m='21750'>is</span> <span m='22700'>I'm</span> <span m='22850'>still</span> <span m='23720'>fairly</span> <span 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<span m='36000'>a</span> <span m='36100'>bit</span> <span m='36270'>competitive,</span> <span m='37020'>but</span> <span m='37720'>I</span> <span m='37890'>wouldn't</span> <span m='38150'>trade</span> <span m='38340'>it</span> <span m='38420'>for</span> <span m='38510'>the</span> <span m='38590'>world.</span> </p><p><span m='39650'>For</span> <span m='39830'>me,</span> <span m='40020'>I'd</span> <span m='40470'>always</span> <span m='40740'>played</span> <span m='41020'>games</span> <span m='41600'>a</span> <span m='41720'>lot</span> <span m='42140'>as</span> <span m='42260'>a</span> <span m='42370'>child,</span> <span m='43110'>and</span> <span m='43630'>it had</span> <span m='43820'>never</span> <span m='44030'>really</span> <span m='44250'>occurred</span> <span m='44530'>to</span> <span m='44590'>me</span> <span m='44700'>that</span> <span m='44820'>I</span> <span m='44880'>could</span> <span m='45030'>actually</span> <span m='45340'>make</span> <span m='45670'>games.</span> <span m='46780'>But</span> <span m='47430'>at</span> <span m='47630'>some</span> <span m='47850'>point</span> <span m='49050'>when</span> <span m='49170'>I</span> <span m='49220'>was</span> <span m='49340'>in</span> <span m='49440'>college,</span> <span m='50090'>I</span> <span m='50220'>made</span> <span m='50500'>friends</span> <span m='50810'>with</span> <span m='51010'>someone</span> <span m='51300'>who</span> <span m='51390'>is</span> <span m='51510'>currently</span> <span m='51780'>going</span> <span m='52020'>through</span> <span m='52170'>the</span> <span m='52250'>Guildhall.</span> <span m='53540'>And</span> <span m='53680'>I</span> <span m='53740'>kept</span> <span m='54100'>up</span> <span m='54270'>with</span> <span m='54460'>him.</span> <span m='54680'>And</span> <span m='54780'>suddenly</span> <span m='55060'>he's</span> <span m='55240'>like,</span> <span m='55450'>I'm</span> <span m='55640'>working</span> <span m='55950'>for</span> <span m='56120'>Activision.</span> <span m='56840'>I'm</span> <span m='56970'>working</span> <span m='57430'>on</span> <span m='57650'><i>Wolfenstein</i>.</span> <span m='58610'>And</span> <span m='58760'>I</span> <span m='58830'>just</span> <span m='59040'>thought,</span> <span m='59550'>I</span> <span m='59690'>want</span> <span m='59900'>to</span> <span m='59970'>do</span> <span m='60170'>that.</span> <span m='60420'>I</span> <span m='60580'>want</span> <span m='60790'>to</span> <span m='60850'>be</span> <span m='61150'>like</span> <span m='61480'>him,</span> <span m='61970'>because</span> <span m='62210'>he</span> <span m='62420'>made</span> <span m='62710'>it.</span> <span m='62900'>And</span> <span m='63330'>if</span> <span m='63550'>he</span> <span m='63700'>can</span> <span m='63890'>do</span> <span m='64140'>it</span> <span m='64459'>then</span> <span m='64670'>I</span> <span m='64870'>can</span> <span m='65019'>do</span> <span m='65190'>it</span> <span m='65330'>too.</span> </p><p><span m='66700'>And</span> <span 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m='77340'>cooler</span> <span m='77920'>than</span> <span m='78260'>knowing</span> <span m='78550'>that</span> <span m='78680'>I</span> <span m='78780'>chased</span> <span m='79090'>down</span> <span m='79580'>my</span> <span m='79760'>dream.</span> <span m='80360'>And</span> <span m='80740'>not</span> <span m='80900'>only</span> <span m='81130'>am</span> <span m='81240'>I</span> <span m='81330'>doing</span> <span m='81650'>it,</span> <span m='81920'>I'm</span> <span m='82100'>doing</span> <span m='82400'>it</span> <span m='82640'>with</span> <span m='82940'>my</span> <span m='83120'>friends.</span> </p><p><span m='84340'>It</span> <span m='84490'>is</span> <span m='84580'>very</span> <span m='84810'>tricky</span> <span m='85210'>to</span> <span m='85640'>first</span> <span m='85960'>break</span> <span m='86310'>into</span> <span m='86630'>the</span> <span m='86760'>industry</span> <span m='87480'>because</span> <span m='87850'>there</span> <span m='88050'>are</span> <span m='88150'>a</span> <span m='88210'>lot</span> <span m='88690'>of</span> <span m='88810'>people</span> <span m='89320'>that</span> <span m='89480'>all</span> <span m='89780'>want</span> <span m='90010'>to</span> <span m='90070'>do</span> <span m='90290'>it at</span> <span m='90470'>once.</span> <span m='91580'>Some</span> <span m='91700'>good</span> <span m='91830'>ways</span> <span m='92030'>to</span> <span m='92100'>do</span> <span m='92200'>if</span> <span m='92350'>you're</span> <span m='92470'>not</span> <span m='92700'>necessarily</span> <span m='93100'>just</span> <span m='93290'>going to go</span> <span m='93545'>straight</span> <span m='93800'>into</span> <span m='93870'>school</span> <span m='94490'>would</span> <span m='94660'>be</span> <span m='95370'>going</span> <span m='95620'>through</span> <span m='95890'>quality</span> <span m='96230'>assurance</span> <span m='96610'>testing,</span> <span m='97240'>in</span> <span m='97470'>which</span> <span m='97710'>case</span> <span m='97900'>you'll</span> <span m='98010'>be</span> <span m='98110'>testing</span> <span m='98440'>games</span> <span m='98710'>all</span> <span m='98870'>day.</span> <span m='99140'>Which</span> <span m='99360'>sounds</span> <span m='99810'>fun,</span> <span m='100260'>but</span> <span m='100440'>it</span> <span m='100610'>is</span> <span m='100750'>actually</span> <span m='101390'>utterly</span> <span m='101820'>brutal</span> <span m='102180'>when</span> <span m='102290'>you</span> <span m='102370'>have</span> <span m='102480'>to</span> <span m='102570'>play</span> <span m='102720'>the</span> <span m='102810'>same</span> <span m='103080'>level</span> <span m='103580'>for</span> <span m='103790'>12</span> <span m='104080'>hours</span> <span m='104350'>straight</span> <span m='105430'>and</span> <span m='105690'>try</span> <span m='106080'>to</span> <span m='106180'>break</span> <span m='106530'>it.</span> <span m='107280'>But</span> <span m='108080'>people</span> <span m='108550'>who</span> <span m='108680'>have</span> <span m='108780'>gotten</span> <span m='108980'>into</span> <span m='109040'>the</span> <span m='109150'>industry</span> <span m='109530'>that</span> <span m='109730'>way</span> <span m='109910'>will</span> <span m='110110'>always</span> <span m='111150'>treat</span> <span m='111430'>you</span> <span m='111650'>like</span> <span m='111950'>you</span> <span m='112080'>are</span> <span m='112210'>some</span> <span m='112370'>kind</span> <span m='112560'>of</span> <span m='112700'>god</span> <span m='113430'>for</span> <span m='113620'>doing</span> <span m='113870'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='114590'>So</span> <span m='114950'>you</span> <span m='115110'>definitely</span> <span m='115420'>have</span> <span m='115610'>to be able to</span> <span m='115850'>put</span> <span m='116060'>your</span> <span m='116170'>nose</span> <span m='116500'>to</span> <span m='116610'>the</span> <span m='116700'>grindstone.</span> <span m='117290'>You</span> <span m='117350'>have</span> <span m='117550'>to</span> <span m='117890'>be</span> <span m='118170'>willing</span> <span m='118480'>to</span> <span m='118550'>seek</span> <span m='118850'>out</span> <span m='118980'>a</span> <span m='119020'>lot</span> <span m='119200'>of</span> <span m='119290'>opportunities,</span> <span m='120790'>and</span> <span m='121700'>it'll</span> <span m='122340'>pay</span> <span m='122550'>off</span> <span m='122770'>eventually.</span> <span m='123390'>I</span> <span m='123510'>got</span> <span m='123750'>here</span> <span m='123900'>somehow.</span> <span m='124530'>But</span> <span m='125775'>it</span> <span m='126050'>won't</span> <span m='126280'>pay</span> <span m='126520'>off</span> <span m='126710'>in</span> <span m='126810'>like</span> <span m='127460'>you'll</span> <span m='127640'>get</span> <span m='127800'>a</span> <span m='127860'>degree</span> <span m='128199'>and you'll</span> <span m='128330'>instantly</span> <span m='128770'>be</span> <span m='128900'>in</span> <span m='128970'>the</span> <span m='129080'>industry.</span> <span m='130039'>I</span> <span m='130120'>know</span> <span m='130220'>very</span> <span m='130490'>few</span> <span m='130639'>people</span> <span m='130870'>that</span> <span m='130960'>got</span> <span m='131140'>in</span> <span m='131220'>that</span> <span m='131400'>way.</span> <span m='132320'>But,</span> <span m='132880'>like</span> <span m='133040'>I</span> <span m='133100'>said,</span> <span m='133420'>I</span> <span m='133460'>wouldn't</span> <span m='133670'>trade it</span> <span m='133910'>for</span> <span m='134010'>the</span> <span m='134100'>world.</span> </p>","file":{"id":377051,"video_id":"3364503895001","name":"2311-Rebecca-GameDesigner2","duration":135025,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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