Working in the Video Game industry
Video game making has changed - It is now a big industry with lots of different types of jobs. And the software tools available to the industry has transformed it into a creative pursuit. You have lots of different options a career paths to choose from. Understanding what it takes and what you need to break into the industry of making video games. If you are seriously considering working in video games this is a great place to start.
Getting a job or starting a career in the video game industry used to a difficult thing because there were very few options and very few schools that could teach the required cutting edge skills. If you wanted to choose this path you had to be self taught. Today this dilemma has been turned upside down. You now have a plethora of schools to choose from and lots of programs and specialties to decide amongst. There are even top notch colleges that offer online degrees in game design and development.
The video game industry has changed over the past 15. It has matured and it is now a full-fledged industry. That means there are plenty of opportunities to find a rewarding career without being a hot-shot game programmer. As a matter of fact the days of the hot shot developer are pretty much over. The creation of a state of the art video game now requires a dedicated team of employees with a wide range of skills and interests.
What does this mean for you? It means opportunity in a lot of different disciplines and it means that you have to specialize within a subgenre of the big picture of "Making Video Games".
First Things First - Learning some basic concepts of game design
Before you pack off and go to a video game school or dish out the dollars for an online school there are some things you should do. Being great at video games is not enough to insure you will have a successful career in the video game industry. And working in the video game industry is not as much fun as playing a video game. Your job will probably not be to play video games for eight hours a day -although there are a few jobs like this.
2 dimensional artist
3 Dimensional Model Artist
Programmer - This is something that is a little more traditional when we think of video game making "Programming" and it is a very wide field that can find you doing almost anything in the video game making arena. Here are some possibilites:
Other Opportunities in Video game design - There are many other jobs in the video game industry and here are some examples
Ok, you have a good overview of the Video game industry and what it takes now lets look at traditional education options video game schools
There are some great options for you if you want to pursue a non-traditional education in video game creation : A guide to Online Colleges with degrees in video game design
Hot Jobs In Video Games (Young Adult book)
Every kid knows playing video games is fun, but making them is serious business! Cool Careers for Gamers offers readers an introduction to the world of game development by profiling professionals with jobs kids can relate and aspire to. How about making sure golf superstar Tiger Woods looks as lifelike as possible, or picking out songs for a new iteration of Guitar Hero? Someone has to do it! This book shows that the challenge of creating games can be just as much fun as playing them.
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