Designing Computer Games

Computer game design has evolved as the career of a dream come true for hard core gaming fans. Designers of computer games are generally the people who love to play computer games as they can better understand the needs and desires from a game.

Every one who loves to play computer games dreams of having a career in computer game design. I also like to play computer games and since I played computer games I always dreamed of designing my own game.

Computer game industry is a huge industry and there are many jobs available in the computer game design industry. But the computer game design is very difficult, and requires a rigorous working knowledge of programming languages on different operating systems. For a good start in this field one can get a degree in computer science but this is also not an easy task. Only one, of my six friends I had in college that were computer science majors, could complete the course. This course is overloaded with advanced mathematics classes, tedious programming exercises and much more.

It’s only for people who love programming and don’t find it tedious. A computer game designer must be able to tolerate the tedium. Everyone have love for computer games in some or the other way around. One of my college friends that got his computer science degree is currently working for a well knowing game design company readily admits that this industry is not like he thought it would be.

Earlier, computer games used to be small programs and design teams consisted of just few people to program the game but today computer games are enormous programs that may take several years to complete even though many games have several production teams consisting of up to hundreds of different people working simultaneously on different aspects of the game. The sky is the limit for a good programmer as an every company desires an expert programmer. Seasoned programmers with several completed games in their records or profiles not only demands large salary but also have a lot say over the direction of the game.

Even if you are not good at programming there is nothing to worry about. There are many other jobs in the computer game design field. Good artists and writers are also required by game makers although they generally don’t make as much money. Graphic designers and other artists are all required to make a good game today as in today’s games graphics are extensively used

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Considering A Career In Computer Game Design

Every hard core gaming fan dreams of having a career in computer game design. What could be more fun and exciting for a computer game fanatic than being paid for designing your own computer games?

Since I am a certified computer games addict, I am also guilty of occasionally fantasizing about having a career in the computer game design industry.

The computer game design industry is huge so there are plenty of opportunities for those who want a job in this field. The downside is landing a job in this industry is extremely difficult and requires a comprehensive knowledge of programming languages.

Earning a degree in computer science is a good first step, but is in itself no easy task. I have seven childhood friends who took up computer science in college, and only one of them made it through. It is a grueling major filled with tedious programming exercises and advanced mathematics classes.

If you enjoy programming and can tolerate the tediousness that comes with it, then computer game design may be something that you can do. Having a genuine love for computer games can also motivate you as well.

My childhood friend who finished his computer science degree is currently employed in a computer game design company, and is absolutely in love with his job. However, he shared with me that it did not match his expectations.

Modern computer games are enormous programs that can take a few years to complete. In its early years, the computer game design industry only needed a few people to design computer games. These days, computer gaming companies have several production teams consisting of up to a hundred people working simultaneously on different aspects of a particular game.

If you manage to become a capable programmer, you can find countless opportunities in the computer gaming industry. Experienced programmers who have worked on several popular computer games can demand a large salary and have a big influence over the direction of a game.

If you are not fond of programming, you can still find other jobs in the computer game design industry. While programmers have an advantage, employers are also looking for good writers and artist. Writers and graphic designers are also needed to complete a good computer game but they can’t expect to earn as much as a seasoned programmer.

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