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GAME DEVELOPER, IN-DEPTH: If People Like It, I Will Be Satisfied

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Roy, a game developer, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. His company was creating flash games, but always had the goal to create games for the downloadable console space. He got the opportunity to do this when he pitched a prototype to Sony and signed a deal with them.

Degree: Master in Arts & Technology
Job Title: Game Developer
Employer: Digital Dreams

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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m='22380'>that</span> <span m='22520'>I</span> <span m='22620'>think</span> <span m='22860'>are</span> <span m='23100'>most</span> <span m='23320'>important</span> <span m='23710'>at</span> <span m='23770'>that</span> <span m='23930'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='24760'>And</span> <span m='24910'>also</span> <span m='25520'>conferences</span> <span m='26110'>as</span> <span m='26220'>these</span> <span m='26580'>and</span> <span m='26860'>showing</span> <span m='27160'>your</span> <span m='27290'>game</span> <span m='27420'>to</span> <span m='27610'>the</span> <span m='27700'>people.</span> <span m='28540'>You've</span> <span m='28690'>been</span> <span m='28940'>working</span> <span m='29360'>in</span> <span m='29470'>this</span> <span m='29870'>closed-off</span> <span m='30390'>studio.</span> <span m='31210'>All</span> <span m='31350'>secluded</span> <span m='31860'>from</span> <span m='32080'>the</span> <span m='32170'>rest</span> <span m='32549'>for</span> <span m='32930'>six</span> <span m='33160'>months.</span> <span m='33420'>And</span> <span m='33480'>you</span> <span m='33630'>don't</span> <span m='33810'>know</span> <span m='34000'>how</span> <span m='34100'>people</span> <span m='34400'>are</span> <span m='34450'>going</span> <span m='34590'>to</span> <span m='34640'>react.</span> <span m='35010'>But</span> <span m='35140'>then</span> <span m='35670'>conferences</span> <span m='36160'>like</span> <span m='36330'>these</span> <span m='36590'>are</span> <span m='36650'>like</span> <span m='37830'>a</span> <span m='38020'>mentality</span> <span m='38560'>boost--</span> <span m='38930'>like</span> <span m='39110'>a</span> <span m='39390'>big</span> <span m='39560'>boost</span> <span m='42660'>for you</span> <span m='42920'>game.</span> <span m='43310'>Because</span> <span m='43380'>you</span> <span m='43540'>just</span> <span m='43780'>get</span> <span m='43970'>to</span> <span m='44040'>see</span> <span m='44270'>how</span> <span m='44400'>people</span> <span m='44640'>play</span> <span m='44860'>it</span> <span m='45010'>and</span> <span m='45360'>hopefully</span> <span m='45700'>like it.</span> </p><p><span m='46160'>The</span> <span m='46410'>most</span> <span m='46660'>challenging</span> <span m='47420'>is</span> <span m='49170'>standing</span> <span m='49810'>out</span> <span m='50030'>from</span> <span m='50190'>the</span> <span m='50270'>crowd</span> <span m='50710'>because,</span> <span m='52670'>especially</span> <span m='53050'>in</span> <span m='53120'>the</span> <span m='53200'>Netherlands,</span> <span m='53570'>there's</span> <span m='53720'>a</span> <span m='53770'>lot</span> <span m='53930'>of</span> <span m='53980'>people</span> <span m='54360'>that</span> <span m='54460'>want to</span> <span m='54470'>end</span> <span m='54630'>up in</span> <span m='54930'>game</span> <span m='55030'>development.</span> <span m='55500'>There's</span> <span m='55640'>a lot</span> <span m='55810'>of</span> <span m='55890'>courses.</span> <span m='56190'>There's</span> <span m='56460'>a</span> <span m='56520'>lot</span> <span m='56660'>of</span> <span m='56760'>colleges</span> <span m='57300'>there.</span> <span m='59300'>So</span> <span m='59550'>it's</span> <span m='60140'>very</span> <span m='60750'>competitive,</span> <span m='62000'>definitely.</span> <span m='62800'>So</span> <span m='63030'>not</span> <span m='63230'>everyone</span> <span m='64769'>can</span> <span m='65040'>make</span> <span m='65280'>it,</span> <span m='65420'>so</span> <span m='65510'>you</span> <span m='65610'>need</span> <span m='65770'>to</span> <span m='65840'>stand</span> <span m='66130'>out</span> <span m='66260'>from</span> <span m='66370'>the</span> <span m='66460'>crowd.</span> </p><p><span m='66790'>And</span> <span m='66890'>you</span> <span m='66990'>can</span> <span m='67440'>either</span> <span m='67750'>do</span> <span m='67940'>that</span> <span m='68150'>by</span> <span m='68310'>making</span> <span m='68840'>a</span> <span m='69000'>really</span> <span m='69320'>original</span> <span m='69720'>game,</span> <span m='70770'>or you</span> <span m='71240'>can</span> <span m='71520'>just</span> <span m='72710'>to</span> <span m='72760'>join</span> <span m='73010'>a</span> <span m='73060'>company</span> <span m='73520'>that</span> <span m='73660'>makes</span> <span m='73890'>original</span> <span m='74220'>games,</span> <span m='74520'>because</span> <span m='74660'>usually,</span> <span m='75060'>when</span> <span m='75550'>it's</span> <span m='75720'>not</span> <span m='76080'>original</span> <span m='76570'>or when</span> <span m='76730'>it's</span> <span m='76910'>not</span> <span m='77670'>commercially</span> <span m='78340'>viable,</span> <span m='78800'>sometimes</span> <span m='79280'>even</span> <span m='79610'>then</span> <span m='81090'>it's</span> <span m='81340'>hard</span> <span m='81820'>to</span> <span m='81990'>make</span> <span m='82200'>it</span> <span m='82280'>in</span> <span m='82390'>the</span> <span m='82480'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='82910'>For</span> <span m='83290'>us,</span> <span m='83820'>signing</span> <span m='84160'>a</span> <span m='84200'>deal</span> <span m='84510'>with</span> <span m='85270'>Sony</span> <span m='85670'>was</span> <span m='85830'>very</span> <span m='86040'>important</span> <span m='86530'>because</span> <span m='86720'>we've</span> <span m='86910'>been</span> <span m='87040'>making</span> <span m='87470'>small</span> <span m='87810'>games</span> <span m='88130'>like</span> <span m='88340'>Flash</span> <span m='88530'>games</span> <span m='88930'>and</span> <span m='89120'>iOS</span> <span m='89490'>games.</span> <span m='89780'>So</span> <span m='89920'>that's</span> <span m='90130'>games</span> <span m='90370'>for</span> <span m='90510'>the</span> <span m='90580'>iPhone</span> <span m='90940'>and</span> <span m='91030'>iPad.</span> <span m='92020'>And</span> <span m='92320'>Flash</span> <span m='92570'>games</span> <span m='92950'>are</span> <span m='93200'>games</span> <span m='93420'>you</span> <span m='93740'>play</span> <span m='93930'>in</span> <span m='94010'>a</span> <span m='94050'>browser.</span> <span m='95300'>But</span> <span m='95850'>we</span> <span m='96170'>always</span> <span m='96430'>wanted</span> <span m='96640'>to</span> <span m='96790'>end</span> <span m='96990'>up</span> <span m='97150'>in</span> <span m='97330'>the</span> <span m='97660'>downloadable</span> <span m='98080'>console</span> <span m='98490'>space.</span> <span m='98920'>So</span> <span m='99160'>that's</span> <span m='100400'>things</span> <span m='100650'>like</span> <span m='100790'>PSN</span> <span m='101060'>and</span> <span m='101450'>PlayStation,</span> <span m='101835'>or</span> <span m='102220'>for</span> <span m='102510'>Xbox</span> <span m='102610'>Live.</span> </p><p><span m='103240'>So</span> <span m='103430'>but</span> <span m='103620'>the</span> <span m='104020'>most</span> <span m='104300'>important</span> <span m='104670'>thing</span> <span m='104830'>that</span> <span m='104960'>we</span> <span m='105140'>did</span> <span m='105320'>was</span> <span m='106570'>pitch the</span> <span m='106860'>prototype</span> <span m='107300'>that</span> <span m='107440'>we</span> <span m='107540'>had</span> <span m='107750'>to</span> <span m='107860'>big</span> <span m='108020'>companies</span> <span m='108490'>like</span> <span m='108660'>that.</span> <span m='110320'>At</span> <span m='110440'>one</span> <span m='110640'>point,</span> <span m='110980'>Sony</span> <span m='111260'>was</span> <span m='111570'>just very</span> <span m='111800'>interested.</span> <span m='112360'>And</span> <span m='112500'>then</span> <span m='112660'>we</span> <span m='112810'>decided</span> <span m='113800'>to</span> <span m='113900'>go</span> <span m='114070'>for</span> <span m='114340'>it</span> <span m='114440'>and</span> <span m='115000'>made a</span> <span m='115330'>game for</span> <span m='115660'>them.</span> <span m='116500'>I'd</span> <span m='116690'>say</span> <span m='116890'>it's</span> <span m='117020'>still</span> <span m='117170'>depends</span> <span m='117520'>on</span> <span m='117610'>the</span> <span m='117670'>region</span> <span m='117970'>where</span> <span m='118130'>you</span> <span m='118240'>are,</span> <span m='118440'>because</span> <span m='118770'>in the</span> <span m='118900'>Netherlands</span> <span m='119170'>it's</span> <span m='119320'>probably</span> <span m='119780'>a</span> <span m='119880'>lot</span> <span m='120050'>different</span> <span m='120340'>than</span> <span m='120490'>it</span> <span m='120550'>is</span> <span m='120700'>over</span> <span m='120910'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='122340'>But</span> <span m='122540'>it's</span> <span m='122660'>easier</span> <span m='122970'>to</span> <span m='123080'>get</span> <span m='123290'>a</span> <span m='123340'>job</span> <span m='123610'>as</span> <span m='123700'>a</span> <span m='123750'>programmer</span> <span m='124400'>than</span> <span m='124600'>as</span> <span m='124690'>a</span> <span m='124750'>game</span> <span m='125070'>designer.</span> <span m='126150'>And</span> <span m='126310'>it's</span> <span m='126500'>easier</span> <span m='126880'>to</span> <span m='126990'>get</span> <span m='127200'>a</span> <span m='127250'>job</span> <span m='127520'>as</span> <span m='127790'>a</span> <span m='128530'>2D</span> <span m='129169'>artist</span> <span m='129800'>than</span> <span m='130050'>as</span> <span m='130229'>a</span> <span m='130660'>modeler,</span> <span m='131030'>for</span> <span m='131190'>example.</span> <span m='131630'>So</span> <span m='132260'>it</span> <span m='132800'>has</span> <span m='133040'>to</span> <span m='133160'>do</span> <span m='133350'>with</span> <span m='133760'>what</span> <span m='133980'>types</span> <span m='134300'>of</span> <span m='134390'>games</span> <span m='134710'>are</span> <span m='134800'>popular</span> <span m='135240'>at</span> <span m='135320'>the</span> <span m='135400'>moment</span> <span m='135740'>and what</span> <span m='135890'>types</span> <span m='136130'>of</span> <span m='136190'>games</span> <span m='136450'>are</span> <span m='136800'>made</span> <span m='137010'>more.</span> </p><p><span m='137960'>My</span> <span m='138350'>work-life</span> <span m='138930'>balance,</span> <span m='140250'>it's--</span> <span m='141920'>yeah,</span> <span m='142900'>I</span> <span m='143050'>don't</span> <span m='143290'>have</span> <span m='143410'>a</span> <span m='143450'>lot</span> <span m='143610'>of</span> <span m='143680'>free</span> <span m='143910'>time,</span> <span m='144390'>no.</span> <span m='144670'>And</span> <span m='144840'>I</span> <span m='146010'>lost</span> <span m='146340'>interest</span> <span m='146775'>in</span> <span m='147750'>playing</span> <span m='148080'>games</span> <span m='148360'>because</span> <span m='148530'>when</span> <span m='148730'>you</span> <span m='149320'>work</span> <span m='149740'>24</span> <span m='150210'>hours--</span> <span m='150700'>or not</span> <span m='150850'>24</span> <span m='151380'>hours,</span> <span m='151490'>but</span> <span m='151770'>13</span> <span m='152160'>hours</span> <span m='152400'>a</span> <span m='152440'>day</span> <span m='152670'>on</span> <span m='152750'>a</span> <span m='152820'>game,</span> <span m='153830'>you</span> <span m='153930'>get</span> <span m='154060'>home,</span> <span m='154280'>you're</span> <span m='154380'>very</span> <span m='154590'>tired.</span> <span m='155310'>You</span> <span m='156090'>don't</span> <span m='156330'>want</span> <span m='156520'>to</span> <span m='156850'>play</span> <span m='157080'>games</span> <span m='157390'>anymore.</span> <span m='160080'>But</span> <span m='160240'>that's</span> <span m='160450'>OK,</span> <span m='160750'>that's</span> <span m='160970'>OK.</span> </p><p><span m='161270'>But</span> <span m='162990'>I</span> <span m='163080'>think</span> <span m='163800'>as</span> <span m='163980'>long</span> <span m='164250'>as</span> <span m='164960'>I</span> <span m='165080'>know</span> <span m='165400'>that</span> <span m='165480'>I'll</span> <span m='165680'>get</span> <span m='165860'>rewarded</span> <span m='166260'>for</span> <span m='166470'>it</span> <span m='166540'>in</span> <span m='166620'>the</span> <span m='166740'>end--</span> <span m='166910'>and I</span> <span m='167050'>don't</span> <span m='167230'>even</span> <span m='167450'>mean</span> <span m='167640'>money-wise.</span> <span m='168210'>I</span> <span m='168240'>mean,</span> <span m='168870'>if I</span> <span m='169335'>can</span> <span m='170110'>make</span> <span m='170340'>a</span> <span m='170400'>cool</span> <span m='170640'>game,</span> <span m='170990'>and</span> <span m='171080'>if</span> <span m='171180'>people</span> <span m='171470'>like</span> <span m='171710'>it,</span> <span m='172200'>and</span> <span m='172510'>it</span> <span m='172680'>makes</span> <span m='172910'>enough</span> <span m='173060'>money</span> <span m='173320'>for</span> <span m='173450'>me</span> <span m='173660'>to</span> <span m='173780'>make</span> <span m='173950'>the</span> <span m='174030'>next</span> <span m='174300'>game,</span> <span m='174550'>then</span> <span m='174760'>I</span> <span m='174800'>will</span> <span m='175020'>be</span> <span m='175180'>really</span> <span m='175400'>satisfied.</span> <span m='175960'>And</span> <span m='176230'>it</span> <span m='176360'>wouldn't</span> <span m='176570'>matter</span> <span m='176810'>to</span> <span m='176930'>me</span> <span m='177470'>how</span> <span m='177760'>much</span> <span m='178230'>time</span> <span m='178530'>it took</span> <span m='178830'>me</span> <span m='179130'>to make</span> <span m='179430'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":380327,"video_id":"3396161409001","name":"2401-Roy-GameDeveloper2 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