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LEAD GAME DESIGNER: If Your School Doesn't Offer A Gaming Major, Build A Game Yourself

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This Lead Game Play Designer didn't have any gaming classes in high school. He just started from scratch and began building games. Watch this to find out what this job is all about and how he got into it!

Job Title: Lead Game Play 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, 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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<span m='15410'>crazy</span> <span m='15970'>social</span> <span m='16079'>simulation</span> <span m='16690'>game</span> <span m='17090'>with</span> <span m='17290'>a big,</span> <span m='17550'>crazy</span> <span m='17940'>artificial</span> <span m='18430'>intelligence</span> <span m='18950'>system</span> <span m='19320'>that's</span> <span m='19530'>driving</span> <span m='19840'>it.</span> <span m='20270'>And it's</span> <span m='20580'>actually</span> <span m='20850'>a fun</span> <span m='21140'>game</span> <span m='21490'>that</span> <span m='21920'>approaches</span> <span m='22490'>getting</span> <span m='22910'>almost</span> <span m='23110'>like</span> <span m='24070'>a</span> <span m='24150'>step</span> <span m='24500'>towards</span> <span m='25060'>holodeck-type</span> <span m='26100'>interaction</span> <span m='26650'>from</span> <span m='27110'><i>Star Trek.</i></span> </p><p><span m='30600'>So</span> <span m='30750'>here's</span> <span m='31140'>how</span> <span m='31240'>I</span> <span m='31320'>got</span> <span m='31530'>started</span> <span m='31789'>in</span> <span m='32049'>games.</span> <span m='32380'>I</span> <span m='32670'>was</span> <span m='32800'>walking</span> <span m='33140'>around</span> <span m='33610'>in the</span> <span m='34040'>woods of</span> <span m='34470'>UC Santa Cruz</span> <span m='35800'>with</span> <span m='35880'>a</span> <span m='35930'>friend</span> <span m='36410'>thinking,</span> <span m='37400'>hey, man,</span> <span m='37830'>wouldn't</span> <span m='37950'>it be</span> <span m='38090'>cool if</span> <span m='38550'>there were</span> <span m='38740'>arty</span> <span m='39120'>video</span> <span m='39400'>games?</span> <span m='40340'>And</span> <span m='40700'>then</span> <span m='40840'>I</span> <span m='40880'>was</span> <span m='40980'>like,</span> <span m='41140'>OK,</span> <span m='41380'>trajectory</span> <span m='41860'>set.</span> <span m='42230'>And</span> <span m='42850'>so</span> <span m='43040'>I</span> <span m='43110'>started</span> <span m='44290'>learning</span> <span m='44570'>how</span> <span m='44740'>to</span> <span m='44820'>make</span> <span m='45000'>video</span> <span m='45260'>games.</span> </p><p><span m='45690'>And</span> <span m='47700'>if</span> <span m='47850'>you're</span> <span m='48090'>in</span> <span m='48180'>school,</span> <span m='48910'>and</span> <span m='49080'>your school</span> <span m='49350'>doesn't</span> <span m='49560'>have</span> <span m='50040'>a</span> <span m='50270'>video</span> <span m='50610'>game</span> <span m='50890'>thing,</span> <span m='52270'>it</span> <span m='52410'>can be</span> <span m='52610'>really</span> <span m='52780'>frustrating,</span> <span m='53180'>because</span> <span m='53310'>that's</span> <span m='53540'>where</span> <span m='53740'>I</span> <span m='53790'>was,</span> <span m='54070'>right?</span> <span m='54990'>And</span> <span m='55340'>so</span> <span m='55910'>really,</span> <span 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