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Video game designer career advice and information

Doing something that’s both technically challenging and creative is the ultimate way of spending your time at work. You’re getting the best of both worlds and there are bigger creative and technical challenges than those found in video game designing. We’ll give you some video game designer career advice and information that will help you on your way to your dream career.
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Imagination

You’ll have to be a natural to get a job in this field as there are very few positions available. If you’ve got a love of computer games, a great imagination and a lot of technical know-how, you’ll fit right into one of the UK’s many well-known game developers. Firms like Activision, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Microsoft Studios have prominent UK officers. The UK is also home to developers like Rockstar Games and Codemasters, both of which were established in the UK.

Qualifications

Nowadays the market place is so competitive that you’ll need a little more than a natural flair for the role in order to get to interview. There are lots of training courses out there for budding game developers that can be taken by anyone but if you can get a degree in Computer Game Technology or Computer Game Development, you’ll stand more chance of getting the role you want. Universities as far apart as City University London and The University of Salford offer courses, so you can enrol for this type of degree no matter where you are.

Deadlines

This is the sort of role where deadlines come into play. You’ll need to be able to stay calm under pressure and you’ll have to be able to come up with ideas and solutions when the heat is on. Time really is money in the gaming industry and if a game tester finds a fault with a game, you’ll need to be able to react to it in order to get the game to market in time.

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