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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.

Work Activities
  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.
  • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features.
  • Create core game features including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise.
  • Devise missions, challenges, or puzzles to be encountered in game play.
  • Guide design discussions between development teams.
  • Develop and maintain design level documentation, including mechanics, guidelines, and mission outlines.
  • Create and manage documentation, production schedules, prototyping goals, and communication plans in collaboration with production staff.
  • Present new game design concepts to management and technical colleagues, including artists, animators, and programmers.
  • Conduct regular design reviews throughout the game development process.
  • Solicit, obtain, and integrate feedback from design and technical staff into original game design.
  • Document all aspects of formal game design, using mock-up screenshots, sample menu layouts, gameplay flowcharts, and other graphical devices.
  • Provide feedback to production staff regarding technical game qualities or adherence to original design.
  • Prepare two-dimensional concept layouts or three-dimensional mock-ups.
  • Consult with multiple stakeholders to define requirements and implement online features.
  • Oversee gameplay testing to ensure intended gaming experience and game adherence to original vision.
  • 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.
  • Create gameplay prototypes for presentation to creative and technical staff and management.
  • Write or supervise the writing of game text and dialogue.
  • Collaborate with artists to achieve appropriate visual style.
  • Determine supplementary virtual features, such as currency, item catalog, menu design, and audio direction.
  • Review or evaluate competitive products, film, music, television, and other art forms to generate new game design ideas.
  • Prepare and revise initial game sketches using two- and three-dimensional graphical design software.
  • Provide test specifications to quality assurance staff.
  • Create gameplay test plans for internal and external test groups.
Skills
  • Programming

    Writing computer programs for various purposes.

  • Active Listening

    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Complex Problem Solving

    Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
5
Reading for Information
4
Locating Information
4
Abilities
  • Originality

    The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

  • Fluency of Ideas

    The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

  • Near Vision

    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Knowledge
  • Computers and Electronics

    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • Design

    Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • English Language

    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $79,120/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $38.04/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 7,520
  • Yearly Projected Openings 100
Typical Education
Personality
Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Innovation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
Tools
  • Tablet computers
  • Personal computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Mobile phones
  • Desktop computers
Technology
  • Web platform development software
  • Video creation and editing software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Development environment software
Tags
  • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.