When I leave school I want to be... a video games designer!

When I leave school I want to be... a video games designer!

Tired of just playing video games? Find out what it takes to make your own...

Just Dance, Skylanders, Angry Birds, Lego Batman or Kinectimals?

Whatever your favourite game is, somewhere in the world there is a team of talented and creative people who designed it for you to play!

With the help of BigAmbition and some real games developers we've put together a guide to how YOU could one day be involved in creating great games.

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BigAmbition is a website for people interested in working with digital technology, from smartphones to supercomputers. They've got article about all sorts of jobs, and today we are going to look at the world of gaming.

What does a video game designer do?

Well, that might sound like a daft question, but there are loads of different people who are involved in designing computer games. You can click on the links and watch the videos to find out more:

  • Designers - Working on how the games look and what they are like to play.  They can work on the artistic design, or on the programming side.
  • Visual Effects - Making things that aren't alive move in a realistic way, from snow and water to smoke and explosions.  Read about Eugenie's job here.

  • Developers - They have to see the whole picture, from coming up with the ideas and designs for games, helping to build them and working with the rest of the team to solve problems and give advice.

  • Games Testers - The job everyone wants! Testers play the games first to make sure they work and find any problems. Sally talks about her job as QA Tester in this video:

  • Programmers - Writing the code that builds the game and bringing it all to life. Click here to read more about the job.

  • Animators - Making the characters jump, sing, dance run and everything else that they do. Find out more here.
  • Bug tester - clearing up glitches, problems and cheats in games
  • 3D Modellers - Turning the designs for characters and scenery into a real-looking three-dimensional world.

What should you study at school?

Although you might think that ICT and computing are the only things you need work in computer games, but you actually need loads of different things:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Art and design
  • ICT & Computing
  • Science

    and also...
  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Teamwork
  • and lots more besides!

People who work in the gaming industry have studied everything from Computer Science to Architecture, as well as Computer Programming and Video Games Design.

If you want to work in the design side of things you might study Fine Art or Animation, or even Physics to work on visual effects.

But more importantly...

If you want to work in the world of video games you are going to need enthusiasm - lots of it! You need to be really passionate and be prepared to work hard.

It can be tough to end up doing a job that you love, but if you are prepared to put the effort in, you can do it!  And websites like BigAmbition are here to offer advice as you go through school.

You also need to love video games and spend a lot of time playing them, but don't tell your parents or teachers that we said that!

Huge thanks to BigAmbition for letting us information from their website to create this article - visit their site here: http://www.bigambition.co.uk/