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Jobs opportunities in video games

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#1 RB_Kandy


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Posted 14 January 2012 - 01:55 AM

Hello, my girlfriend graduated College last year, and it is coming close to college time for her. She had her mind made up 5 or 6 months ago that she wanted to be a video game designer. But she was always afraid that the work load would be so intense that she wouldn't be able to handle it. The high amount of money required to enroll in a private college (because she proclaims corporations often attempt to recruit from private colleges), and the intense amount of work that comes with that sort of course has always given her doubts.

Today she seen this video http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/so-you-want-to-be-a-game-designer and now she is convinced she doesn't have what it takes to be a video game designer.

What does everyone think about that video, is it accurate?

And if she wants to have some kind of career in video games, are there any other choices than programer, and designer?

As a high school dropout myself, I really can't give her any advice.
She is a smart girl, but not a people person, I really hopes she finds a career doing something she likes, and she likes video games.

So any advice you guys have would be appreciated.

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#2 jgweed


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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:44 AM

She will have to be detail-oriented and communicate well, not just with her team, but with all sorts of specialists (it helps if she has "dabbled" in those areas so she can speak their language and understand their comments). Some background in computer science or information technology is a must.
The video makes some good points about the importance of both.

Some---well, more than just some--- background in computer science or information technology is a must. If she is seriously interested in this profession, my own suggestion is to enroll in a public or state university and take courses in these areas; this is usually less expensive and she will soon learn if she likes it or has the kind of mind that does well in the subject. Only then should she consider technical or private schools for concentrated study in game design, and make the choice about where carefully with a lot of research, especially since most of them are profit centers primarily interested in increasing the number of paying students. Caveat Emptor.
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