I’d be willing to bet that every successful videogame designer has one particular game that started it all, and influenced their decision to go into videogame making. The first one I remember playing was the original Super Mario Brothers game, and after 20 years, and hundreds of hours spent playing, it’s still a classic.
Video gaming has only been around for about 40 years. For the majority of that time, it’s been restricted to expensive, proprietary hardware such as the personal computer or one of the larger gaming consoles (Sony PlayStation, Nintendo, Sega, Microsoft Xbox, etc.) In that environment, only a handful of the best designers had a shot at working for one of those top platforms. Interest in game design has always been high, but until recently, fierce competition prevented most designers from making a career out of it.
It’s a great time to be a game designer. If you’re interested in designing for the big console gaming systems, they still exist and are going strong. But other opportunities have arisen that make it much easier to break into the game production field. Mobile and online gaming, although not new, have grown exponentially in the last few years. Apple recently made a claim that the iPod touch, a device that didn’t exist four years ago, is the #1 portable gaming device, outselling Nintendo and Sony combined. Game designers now have multiple platforms from which to choose, and it’s even possible to design and sell games independently – you can work for yourself, rather than for a game producing company. All you need to get started is the right training SA Gaming.
A good game design program will allow you to try different game design styles and platforms, then specialize in the one that interests you most. Here are just a few of the skills you’ll learn in your game design courses:
• Coding/Software Development: Learn to speak the language of video games. Computer game design school will teach you the various coding languages that you’ll use to create a unique gaming experience.
• Simulation: Interested in developing a flight simulator? How about a game that isn’t used for entertainment, but rather for training purposes? A game degree can be used to create simulation programs that help people learn how to perform a task or operation.
• Level Design: Since video games are primarily a visual medium, art and design play a large part in developing a gaming environment. Develop your creative talents in the various courses offered in a game art and design degree program.
• 2D and 3D Animation: Being able to design a beautiful, realistic digital image is great, but your degree program will teach you how to make it move. Learn how different styles of gaming incorporate 2D and 3D animation into the game play to create a captivating gaming experience.
• Marketing: If you choose to go the entrepreneurial route, designing and selling products independently, a few business and marketing courses taken within the context of the video game design program will help you on your way.