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If you� re a dedicated gamer, you� ve probably said more than once, � I
should go into video game design, I could make stuff even cooler than
this!� In fact, there is currently a great demand for individuals in the
video game industry, but not everyone who loves to play games can
successfully design them. There is a big gap between knowing what
makes a great game and being able to actually design a game that fits
those criteria.
The current demand for video game design exper...



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If you� re a dedicated gamer, you� ve probably said more than once, � I should go into
video game design, I could make stuff even cooler than this!� In fact, there is
currently a great demand for individuals in the video game industry, but not everyone
who loves to play games can successfully design them. There is a big gap between
knowing what makes a great game and being able to actually design a game that fits
those criteria.
The current demand for video game design experts is why more colleges than ever are
offering courses in computer game design and computer animation studies under
various titles. The best courses offer a degree that thoroughly covers everything from
the basics of computer animation to game script development.
Education Plus Personality Equals Success in Video Game Design
Today� s game design companies are looking for a combination of talents and
knowledge that can only come from experience and education with a good dash of the
right kind of personality as well. Some people are avid gamers but simply don� t have
the dedication and attention to detail that is necessary to become a designer, while
others have the creative personality, attention to detail and striking concepts but have
never bothered to get the educational background required to hit the ground running.
There are several things that are key to success in video game design, including:
A background in computer animation and game design This is where a solid college
education comes in. Because the industry is constantly changing, you need a degree
from an accredited university that keeps up with changes in the industry and has
experienced professionals teaching the courses. You need to understand and be able to
execute the steps of animation and design from the inside out to be successful.
Discipline and attention to detail There is so much more to video game design than just
having a great concept. You need to be able to develop detailed, precise flow charts for
different levels and possible outcomes and be able to precisely structure the theme and
mission of a game concept. Continuity, clean execution and flawless design are all the
result of discipline and attention to detail.
Understanding of character and story development In other words, you can� t just be
all action oriented. A good college course will have courses that help you develop
story structure and individualize characters so that they aren� t simply � cardboard
stereotypes.� The uniqueness of each character and story can make or break a video
game design, so be sure you� ve learned these skills.
Script writing You can design the action, but you must also tell the story. If you are
going to get a degree that relates to video game design and/or computer animation
(both excellent choices), check out the curriculum to be sure you will learn script
writing. Additionally, it may be a good idea to take a course or two in creative writing
to further hone your skills. It also helps if you� re an avid reader who enjoys fantasy
and adventure.
If you have the personal characteristics you can attend a good college that teaches you
the right skills. Look for one that offers a good range of animation and gaming courses
and includes the development of a complete portfolio. The portfolio is an indication
that you will leave being able to complete a gaming project and that you will have a
concrete example of your work for prospective employers to review. From there, your
career in video game design will take flight.

				
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