Video game designer
VIDEO GAME DESIGNER: AT THE HEART OF IMAGINATION
A VIDEO GAME DESIGNER DEVELOPS THE FORM, THE CONCEPT AND THE GAMEPLAY ACCORDING TO THE GAME FIELD, THE SPECS, THE ITEMS' PROPERTIES, THE RULES, ETC...
THE VIDEO GAME DESIGNER'S MISSIONS
Video Game Designers are responsible for the overall design and game purpose. They determine the different elements of a game: architecture, rules, characters, universe (modern, comic, historical), situations, settings, challenges, difficulty levels, etc.
The designers give an interactive dimension to the overall project.
Everything is meticulously thought out and calculated. Of course, all the ideas that come to mind must be technically feasible while taking into account budgetary constraints.
He / she sends a set of specifications to the team in charge of game development, then supervises the smooth running of the project and coordinates the activities of the production team. Depending on the results, he makes suggestions for modifications or improvements in order to produce a game that meets the audience's expectations as much as possible.
REQUIRED QUALITIES & SKILLS
The Video Game Designer holds a key position in video game production. This job requires a great deal of imagination, given the wide range of game software available on the market.
A recognized and respected professional, he / she must be passionate about games and master the basic software (programming, possibly graphics) while taking into account the technical feasibility for the team in charge of the actual production of the game.
This requires a perfect knowledge of the world of video games, hence it is imperative to keep abreast of technical developments in graphic design, programming... and to be aware of the players' expectations. Therefore, it is important to be down-to-earth and creative, with a good pencil stroke as well.
Interpersonal skills are also essential, as the video game designer works closely with computer graphics designers, level designers, sound designers, testers, etc. As in all professions related to the digital world, fluency in English is mandatory.
In addition, this video game professional must be very available, which is an unavoidable constraint. He / she will work long hours. Again, it is an exciting job for... passionate people, who must be able to work under pressure.
CAREERS & OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT
The profession is attracting more and more young people, especially enthusiasts of games such as World of Warcraft and Tomb Raider, but people have to struggle to enter the industry. You have to be very competitive.
Salaries for a junior Video Game Designer start at 1950€ and can quickly rise after a few years of experience, depending on the game development studio. The amount varies according to the size of the company and the size of the project.
In this job, experience and talent matter very much. After several years of experience, the video game designer can move up to a position of responsibility, as production manager.