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.
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.