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Video Game Designers
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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.

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Currently Employed: 11,217

Projected Annual Job Openings: 210

Typical Hourly Wage: $42.80 - $59.58

Typical Annual Salary: $89,000 - $123,900

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.
  • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features.
  • Create core game features including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise.
  • Devise missions, challenges, or puzzles to be encountered in game play.
  • Guide design discussions between development teams.
  • Develop and maintain design level documentation, including mechanics, guidelines, and mission outlines.
  • Create and manage documentation, production schedules, prototyping goals, and communication plans in collaboration with production staff.
  • Conduct regular design reviews throughout the game development process.
  • Present new game design concepts to management and technical colleagues, including artists, animators, and programmers.
  • Solicit, obtain, and integrate feedback from design and technical staff into original game design.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Desktop computers
  • Mobile phones
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers

Technology:
  • Development environment software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Project management software
  • Video creation and editing software

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