Work Nature

  • Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.
  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product. 
  • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features. 
  • Create core game features including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise. 
  • Devise missions, challenges, or puzzles to be encountered in game play. 
  • Guide design discussions between development teams. 
  • Develop and maintain design level documentation, including mechanics, guidelines, and mission outlines. 
  • Create and manage documentation, production schedules, prototyping goals, and communication plans in collaboration with production staff. 
  • Present new game design concepts to management and technical colleagues, including artists, animators, and programmers. 
  • Conduct regular design reviews throughout the game development process. 
  • Solicit, obtain, and integrate feedback from design and technical staff into original game design. 
  • Document all aspects of formal game design, using mock-up screenshots, sample menu layouts, gameplay flowcharts, and other graphical devices. 
  • Provide feedback to production staff regarding technical game qualities or adherence to original design. 
  • Prepare two-dimensional concept layouts or three-dimensional mock-ups.

Key Skills

  • Spatial Ability
  • C++
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Sound development software

Occupations

  • Design Director, Designer/Writer, Game Designer, Game Designer/Creative Director, Lead Designer, Lead Game Designer, Lead Level Designer, Mid Level Game Designer, Senior Game Designer, World Designer

Career Analysis

1 Fees
Medium
2 Demand
High
3 Salary
High
4 Level Of Preparation
Medium

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