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Game design is an area of study and practice associated with the creation of games, generally computer and video games, through various means and methods. Individuals in this field may work as artists, programmers, content designers, and more. The field has grown increasingly complex over subsequent generations requiring more and more education.
Education and Schools
Individuals seeking an education in video game design may do so through a variety of options, though generally will seek schools that offer specialized programs in the field. Individuals will learn about the various aspects of game development, working individually and with others in order to create working prototypes, tests, and playable demos in order to demonstrate understanding and skill. Students will learn to use various programs and computers in order to realize their designs and to implement their ideas.
A curriculum may include:
- Game Physics
- Level Design
- Game Development and Pipelines
- Engines and Environment Building
- Design Theory and Genres
Schools that provide and education in video game design should be up to date in terms of their software and hardware, providing an environment that can provide a relevant and current education. Schools that have relationships with video game studios, developers and publishers are generally preferable as they allow for work experience prior to graduating, as well as possible employment for those who complete their program.
The video game industry has exceed the film industry as one of the most profitable and fastest growing in the world. Production of games from independent developers to 300 plus development teams exist, working to provide new and engaging game ideas. Individuals should expect to see a large amount of growth and opportunity over the next decade as new methods of development and distribution, as well as diverse platforms allows for options for educate game designers.