Most people will advise you to choose a career path after 12th that comes with nice returns and secure your future.
But that would be a wrong move if you are not interested in any of the general fields and wish to make a career in offbeat vocations and earn a name for yourself in it. Now, if you are the one who grew up playing Super Mario and GI Joe games on television and wanted to check out every new game that came on the market; then, you are avid gamer. You always wanted to play video games and be part of the industry that produces such entertaining creations but never knew how.
But before that you need to know what it is all about and how you can be a part of it.
Game design for you
Game design involves the entire process of making a video game. It involves various stages such as including concept, documentation, prototype development, production, design, programming, level creation, art production, audio production, testing and maintenance. It is not an individual work but needs a team effort. Game design involves knowing many arts like graphics, industrial design and architecture. It is part of the entertainment industry and needs concept, game play, feature list, setting and story, target audience, requirements and schedule, staff and budget estimates for producing a successful game.
Famous game expert Brian Sutton-Smith has some valuable tips, “A game designer is a particular kind of designer, much like a graphic designer, industrial designer, or architect. A game designer is not necessarily a programmer, visual designer, or project manager, although sometimes he or she can also play these roles in the creation of a game. A game designer might work alone or as part of a larger team”.
Avenues to work for
As a creative field, there is no dearth of work for a talented and passionate individual as the options are in plethora:
• Story Visualizer
• Environment designer
• 3D asset creator
• Game programmer Research and Development
• Level designer
• Game designer
• Game developer
• Texture Artist
• Multimedia Developer
• Interactive Designer
The gaming industry has one of the highest pay scales among the entertainment or media industries. “Careers in video game design can play a good wage especially for those at the top” says Cammie Dunaway, executive vice president of Nintendo Games.
As every field, salaries increase with experience and expertise but a fresher can demand around $50,000 to $80,000 annually. The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) segregates them is four categories as game designers, lead designers, level designers and fiction/screenwriters. All departments have different pay scales but the game designers lead the pack with the highest reported salary of $200,000.
As an upcoming industry Indian game workers are not paid as hefty as their western counterparts but they can expect around $50,000 a year for a person with few years of experience.
The video game industry
In June 2012, the global video game market was valued at US$68 billion. NPD group, a global market research company released a data revealing a good 15% increase in video game sales last year which is much higher when compared to computer hardware sales. However, economic problems remain today with regard to publisher-developer contracts.
The Indian media and Entertainment industry report states that the Indian scene will see a growth of 22% CAGR to reach Rs 42 billion by 2017, thereby, making it the third biggest industry in the country. The reasons for such a tremendous growth are given to the huge workforce available in the country and low labor costs along with high artistic and aesthetic sensibilities of the countrymen. As a result, there will be a demand of around 2 lakhs professionals a year in this near future in the gaming sector.
Now, you can truly realize your dream through us. VEDA is one of the leading video gaming design colleges in India and offer game designing courses. You will not regret after taking this smart choice of career after 12th. We promise to make you a true gaming professional after enrolling in our Diploma in game design course.
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