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(March 24, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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You love to play them, so why not build them? Designing video games is not only a rather well paying career; itís also one in a field that is growing. There are more jobs today creating video games than there were a week ago Ė and thatís not true for many industries.

Youíre All About the Industry

To design video games, you have to eat, sleep and breathe video games. If you only like them sometimes, youíll probably not get very excited about going to work on designing your own for eight to ten hours a day five to seven days a week. You donít have to love every game youíve ever played, but you do need to know a lot about them overall.

Youíre Tough

If youíre going to work in a design field, such as video games, you have to be the kind of person who doesnít give up. Games will be absolutely full of bugs and problems, and it will likely be your job to find and fix them. That may mean you work on the same problem in the save five minutes of game play for weeks or even months. If you canít take the tedium and stress, find yourself a different job.

Get the Education

While youíre obviously great at designing dolls here at the Doll Palace, youíll need to be great at writing the code to build the characters, background and action in the game itself. To do this, youíll need to take an intense number of courses in programming, design and graphics.

Computer programming and graphic design in video games is actually very heavily based in math and formulas, so make sure youíre good with numbers. In high school, take as many math and computer classes as you can. You might even be able to take programming and design classes while youíre in high school.

These wonít be the power classes youíll take in college, and they wonít be enough to get you a design job, but they will give you a good feel for the industry and skills Ė if you hate it in high school, youíll be able to pick a new career before you spend any money on this one.

Get a Degree

You can likely get some sort of basic design job with a few classes at a technical school or college, but you would do far better to get a degree. The more advanced classes and training you have the better your chances of being successful in finding the kind of position you want. You donít want to be the one cleaning up the colors in the finished project, you want to be on the inside when the game is designed and that takes skill and hard work.

If possible, you might consider a full degree from a specialized scientific or art college. These programs will be heavily focused on the skills you need. A university will also offer you the skills you need, and youíll want to be sure to work with an adviser if the school doesnít offer an actual video game design program.

Take a combination of programming and graphic program classes to build up to the skill level you need. A degree in computer science, graphic design, programming, or even robotics will have the combination of course youíll likely need to land a powerful position in one of the many IT companies currently designing video games all over the world.


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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 26, 2008
This is so wrong:
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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 26, 2008
Boring. Definitely the worst article yet (well AIDs awareness is Are You Bee Bee Iy Ess Haych). Give us some decent description about coding!
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gigglegirl123

32/Female
Madison, WI
Posted On: April 16, 2008
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: March 30, 2008
I love video games and it's so cool how they make them. I would love to make a video game
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H2O5

84/Female
Austria
Posted On: March 29, 2008
Tah! Looks like I ain't the only one!
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wolfen

21/Female
Farler, KY
Posted On: March 27, 2008
id rather see my manga as a movie, but a video would totally kick my brother's dumb job! I WILL BE GREAT!!! ~hopefully~ IGNORE ME!!!
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JeZz

26/Female
Kew Gardens, NY
Posted On: March 27, 2008
Scarlet,

That sounds pretty awesome. If you'd like to add anything to this article let me know.
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H2O5

84/Female
Austria
Posted On: March 25, 2008
Ah, thanks!

Well for now, making my manga into video games is like the last thing on my mind, I'm just saying it since you brought it up, it would be supa kako-ii! I'd much rather see my creations in bookstores for now instead of game stores! And don't worry, I'm a fan of CLAMP too!
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Scarlet_Seraph

25/Female
Posted On: March 25, 2008
Of course, there's always Gamemaker and RPG Maker, which don't involve much heay coding. H205-- if you want to see your story as a game, get coding now; it's your best bet. Even excellent anime and manga tend to make crappy games, and manga usually has to make it to anime first to be touched by production companies. A few great manga that made crappy games: Magic Knight Rayearth, X/1999, Tsubasa Chronicle.... ooops, my CLAMP fetish is showing. Love the avatar.

I'm working on an RPG now-- it's hard work, but worth it.
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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: March 25, 2008
nice article. i hate playing video games.. but that job sounds fun!
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Lingushi

19/Female
Canton, NC
Posted On: March 25, 2008
I wish I could make a video game, and I may, I am going to need some help, my dad will probably help me...

Good artical.
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ElectricShock_

83/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: March 25, 2008
Haha. Sound like a cool job, but really isn't for me ;D

Cool article though.
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: March 25, 2008
I Swear Your Like A Pro At This!

Luffleh Tips!

I Really Want To Make A Video Game But I Dont Have The Time!!! But You Gotta Work Hard To Achieve Stuff!

Very Good And Second To Comment Woo!

-Kayley,x
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H2O5

84/Female
Austria
Posted On: March 25, 2008
Cool! I hope one of my manga becomes a video game!
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