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Making a living creating games has to be the best job in the world right? On paper it sure sounds wonderful, but the game industry has changed a lot since the happy 8-bit days. The development teams were a lot smaller than they are today. Many games were made by a single person, and 2-3 persons working on a game was more than enough. The same guy who did the textures also did the game music. Today the game biz have turned into a billion dollar industry, development teams can reach several hundred people for the biggest games. The moral of the story is that today there are a lot more jobs available, and there are many types of jobs one should consider, not just the legendary game designer job. Only the most experienced people will ever get the job as the lead designer for a new game. But no need to lose your hope, Santa needs plenty of helpers to get anything done these days so we have put together this list of game jobs to help you plan your career in the game industry.


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Game Design Jobs

The Game Designer
A larger game project often has several game designers. You have the lead designer who supervises the overall design of the game, and 1 or 2 game designers who work on more specific tasks. As a game designer you are responsible for wring the design documents for the game, and than making sure that the programmers and everybody else who works on the game follows the design document.

The Producer / Production Personnel
The producer is responsible for that the game gets done on time and on budget. Production workers can be anywhere from the producers who conceive and oversee the entire project time to the office administrators.

The Programmer
There are tons of different jobs in the game industry for a skilled programmer. A programmer can work on the game engine; develop the Artificial Intelligence features which are getting more and more complex in today’s games.

The Level Designer
A level designer needs to have great knowledge about games and how people play them. Bad level design can easily ruin a potentially great game. You main job is to create the game world based on the design document and the graphics provide by the 3D artists.

The Character Designer / Artist
Most game projects these days have their own artists who specialize in character design and who draw sketches of objects and buildings that later will be made into 3D objects by the 3D artists. As Artist or Character designer for a game project you must have great artistic skills being able give the game the artistic feel and graphical expression that fits the design of the game.

The Audio Artist
This job can be very different from project to project. Some times there is one person responsible for the sound effects and another person for the music, and yet another person fro writing the music.

The 3D Artist
The 3D Artist is responsible for making the 3D objects and characters that fill the game world. Based on sketches done by the character designers and other artists your job as the 3D artist is to make these into 3D objects that can be animated and placed into the game engine.

The 2D Artist
The 2D artist must have excellent skills in graphic editors and drawing programs like Photoshop. They often do pixel art, sprites, icons, textures for texture mapping and other types of 2D graphics.

The Writer
The writer is becoming more and more important in modern game production. The story is an important factor of a game, and there are hundreds of pages of text that needs to be written.

The Game Tester
This is where many people make their entry into the industry. There are also many myths surrounding this job. Being a game tester involves a lot more than playing games. And it is not all fun. Game testers play unfinished versions of games with tons of bugs in them.

The Marketing and PR
A larger game project often has several game designers. You have the lead designer who supervises the overall design of the game, and 1 or 2 game designers who work on more specific tasks. As a game designer you are responsible for wring the design documents for the game, and than making sure that the programmers and everybody else who works on the game follows the design document.

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