With the advent of mobile gaming and improvement on these games, gaming has become a viable form of entertainment not only for kids but also for players from all backgrounds and ages. It also means that the demand for a better game, and game designer, is increasing. How the market reacts to this?
This article is for advanced Chinese readers. The article is focused on the gaming industry and education, and it covers terms related to the basic vocabularies in the game industry.
In the past, as soon as I mentioned playing computer games, my mother would grumble immediately. Nowadays, with the popularization of PCs, mobile apps and networks, game design has become a huge industry with rapid development, and the demand for game designers is increasing day by day. More and more people who like games have changed from players to game creators.
The 40-year-old German university, Universität Bayreuth, recently opened a new master's program in game design for a total of four semesters. The above mentioned major includes game software development, game design, and media studies. Graduates can work in the game industry, which means that game design has entered the sacred university classroom, and the game is no longer "ignoring proper jobs", but also indicates the diversification of the future world industry pattern.
Can you design a game if you love playing games?
For a game designer, loving the game itself is the most basic requirement. Imagine if a person is not interested in the game itself, and does not like to play games, how can he design a game that others like to play? So, if you are a game enthusiast or even a game fan, then congratulations, at least you have the first basic conditions of the game designer.
Without any foundation, is it possible to become a game designer?
In fact, game design is divided into three important components: game planning, software design, and art design. The three parts are indispensable! If you want to be an independent game developer, you need to be involved in all three aspects, and at least one must be specialized. Even if you are (only) writing a program, now more and more game companies will want you to be interested in the game and be able to participate in the planning and feedback of the game.
Many people think that the opportunity to make money now is harder than before, but from another perspective, the opportunity is better now. Not only the industrial pattern is no longer fixed, but also many opportunities can be created by creativity. In addition, due to the development of the Internet, the opportunity has become very "direct", and it is very straightforward to contact the end customer; you just only need to see if you have the ability to make good things or not.