Video Game Designers

What they do:

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.

On the job, you would:

  • Review or evaluate competitive products, film, music, television, and other art forms to generate new game design ideas.
  • Provide test specifications to quality assurance staff.
  • Keep abreast of game design technology and techniques, industry trends, or audience interests, reactions, and needs by reviewing current literature, talking with colleagues, participating in educational programs, attending meetings or workshops, or participating in professional organizations or conferences.
  • Create gameplay test plans for internal and external test groups.
  • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features.
  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.
  • Write or supervise the writing of game text and dialogue.
  • Solicit, obtain, and integrate feedback from design and technical staff into original game design.
  • Provide feedback to production staff regarding technical game qualities or adherence to original design.
  • Prepare two-dimensional concept layouts or three-dimensional mock-ups.

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