The Irish games industry is growing rapidly and making waves on the international stage. Now is an ideal time to put all those hours spent zapping aliens to good use and become a games designer.
Alternative job titles for this role
Video game environment designer
Video game systems designer
Video game mechanics designer
Games developers design or programme games for a variety of formats, such as consoles, wireless applications, the internet and mobile phones. They are involved in various stages of the creation of a game. Most specialise in a particular area such as design, programming, animation, audio, editing or production. Lead designers coordinate the design aspects. A game mechanics designer works on the balance of the game and its rule system. The environmental designer creates the different scenarios and environments of the game.
What the job involves
- Come up with new and appealing game ideas
- Develop ideas for gameplay
- Experiment with several themes and genres
- Develop plots and storylines
- Develop characters
- Develop maps, scenarios, and levels of difficulty
- Come up with ways of winning and losing the game
- Develop user interface concepts
- Improve existing games
How your career can develop
Creativity, innovation and technical know-how and experience are all-important in the games world.
Why games design matters
The head of Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto, also invented the first fitness video game of note for the Wii Fit. The US Navy has even used the Wii Fit for physical therapy.
- Artistic vision
- A passion for the world of video games
- Storytelling ability
- Wide-ranging knowledge of gaming trends
- Strong analytical frame of mind
- Excellent programming skills
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Video games developing companies
- Marketing companies
- Graduate/Starting: €36,000
- Senior/Potential: €70,000+ dependant on experience
Degrees in computer games development/design, graphic design, animation, software engineering or computer science are common gateways. However, experience and a portfolio of work are all-important in a very competitive industry.
Irish Games Developers: www.gamedevelopers.ie
Ireland’s Annual Games Fleadh: www.gamesfleadh.ie
Irish Software Association: www.software.ie
Irish Computer Society: www.ics.ie