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15-1255.01 - Video Game Designers


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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Tasks
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The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
Core
  • Review or evaluate competitive products, film, music, television, and other art forms to generate new game design ideas.
  • Keep abreast of game design technology and techniques, industry trends, or audience interests, reactions, and needs by reviewing current literature, talking with colleagues, participating in educational programs, attending meetings or workshops, or participating in professional organizations or conferences.
  • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features.
  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.
  • Write or supervise the writing of game text and dialogue.
  • Solicit, obtain, and integrate feedback from design and technical staff into original game design.
  • Provide feedback to production staff regarding technical game qualities or adherence to original design.
  • Prepare two-dimensional concept layouts or three-dimensional mock-ups.
  • Present new game design concepts to management and technical colleagues, including artists, animators, and programmers.
  • Prepare and revise initial game sketches using two- and three-dimensional graphical design software.
  • Oversee gameplay testing to ensure intended gaming experience and game adherence to original vision.
  • Guide design discussions between development teams.
  • Devise missions, challenges, or puzzles to be encountered in game play.
  • Develop and maintain design level documentation, including mechanics, guidelines, and mission outlines.
  • Determine supplementary virtual features, such as currency, item catalog, menu design, and audio direction.
  • Create gameplay prototypes for presentation to creative and technical staff and management.
  • Create and manage documentation, production schedules, prototyping goals, and communication plans in collaboration with production staff.
  • Consult with multiple stakeholders to define requirements and implement online features.
  • Conduct regular design reviews throughout the game development process.
  • Collaborate with artists to achieve appropriate visual style.
  • Document all aspects of formal game design, using mock-up screenshots, sample menu layouts, gameplay flowcharts, and other graphical devices.
  • Create core game features, including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise.
Supplemental
  • Provide test specifications to quality assurance staff.
  • Create gameplay test plans for internal and external test groups.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Knowledge
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Knowledge

The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 91%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Design
  • 88%
    Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 English Language
  • 79%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 Communications and Media
  • 71%
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 Psychology
  • 63%
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 Mathematics
  • 61%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Fine Arts
  • 59%
    Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 Engineering and Technology
  • 59%
    Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 Administration and Management
  • 55%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Clerical
  • 52%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Sociology and Anthropology
  • 50%
    Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Tools
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Tools
The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
 Computer data input devices
  • Computer data input scanners
 Audio and visual equipment
  • Video gaming equipment
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Technology
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Technology
The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • Atlassian JIRAHOT
  • Microsoft ProjectHOT
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Content authoring and editing software
  • 3D graphic design software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Systems Adobe IllustratorHOT
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PhotoshopHOT
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Balsamiq Studios Balsamiq Mockups
  • Microsoft VisioHOT
  • OpenGL
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffectsHOT
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Sound development software
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
 Data management and query software
  • MySQLHOT
  • Blackboard software
  • Microsoft SQL ServerHOT
  • Structured query language SQLHOT
  • Perforce software
 Development software
  • Perforce Helix software
  • ActionScript
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite
  • Autodesk Scaleform
  • C
  • C for Graphics cg
  • Microsoft High Level Shader Language HLSL
  • Scheme
  • Simple DirectMedia Layer SDL
  • Unity Technologies Unity
  • Extensible markup language XMLHOT
  • Graphical user interfaces GUI
  • Microsoft Expression Blend
  • Advanced business application programming ABAPHOT
  • C++HOT
  • Lua
  • Microsoft Visual C#
  • Objective CHOT
  • Oracle JavaHOT
  • Practical extraction and reporting language PerlHOT
  • PythonHOT
  • Hypertext markup language HTMLHOT
  • JavaScriptHOT
  • PHP: Hypertext PreprocessorHOT
  • Ruby on RailsHOT
 Industry specific software
  • Virtual Battlespace 2 VBS2
 Operating environment software
  • Job control language JCL
  • LinuxHOT
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Certifications
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Certifications
The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
No specific certifications are listed for this career
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Licensing
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Licensing
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Blue Ridge Community College
Brightpoint Community College
Central Virginia Community College
Danville Community College
Eastern Mennonite University
Eastern Shore Community College
Germanna Community College
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
James Madison University
Laurel Ridge Community College
Marymount University
Mountain Gateway Community College
New River Community College
Norfolk State University
Northern Virginia Community College
Old Dominion University
Patrick & Henry Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Radford University
Randolph College
Rappahannock Community College
Richard Bland College
Roanoke College
Southside Virginia Community College
Southwest Virginia Community College
The University of Virginia's College at Wise
Tidewater Community College
University of Mary Washington
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Peninsula Community College
Virginia Western Community College
William & Mary
Wytheville Community College
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Graphic Designer - Media Gaming RUN Studios Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:10:32 GMT | 12 days ago Seattle, WA 98101 Knowledge of video capture and editing. Ability to communicate with other artists and designers visually using quick thumbnail sketches or drawings.
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