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The video game industry is becoming bigger and bigger every year. Although a lot of people consider video games as an unnecessary thing, there's no doubt that it's widespread. And with more games becoming mainstream, bigger tournaments are organized - with some surpassing the prize pool for conventional sports to jaw-dropping amounts. Interestingly, the popularity of video games doesn't only entice the younger generation to find a career in playing games. A considerable number of people who are familiar with video games are more inclined to developing new games or improving existing ones. Obviously, it's going to be a different side of the coin, which means making games is a whole new realm of career path.
For those who have their sights on a career in game design and development, a general advice is to look into it with both eyes open. Sure, it's a promising career profit-wise. But not being aware of its drawbacks can pull the plug on a video game design rookie's motivation.
It's Not A Secure Career
Right off the bat, every hopeful game designer and game developer must understand that publishing games isn't a career that can assure financial security. It's a competitive industry, no doubt. And in most cases, this competition isn't even about competing against other developers but also within a production team. The good news is that as long as one puts in the work and even goes the extra mile, the chances of earning a lot are bigger. So no, don't give up on that dream just yet. On the contrary, doing your best is, if anything - necessary.
Shelling Out Money Is A Given
Rookie game designers may think that software is always provided by the company they work for. Sadly, not every start-up will provide premium software for their people, especially start-ups who are just starting out and are scraping the bottom of the barrel just to provide salary to their team. Open source software are always respectable alternatives. But designers who have established a long tenure in the industry can attest to the value of paid software. So it's typically worth the investment.
Connections Make A Lot Of Difference
The game industry isn't merely a competitive field where skill is assessed and compared among job applicants. Connections, as hard as a pill it may be to swallow, matter a lot. This is why clueless designers who think they can get away with their introversion with a game designing career find out the hard way that it actually demands a lot of social interactions.
Learning Method Matters
Obviously, it takes skill and know-how to establish a footing in the game design industry. Learning how to create a game from the right mentors and schools has a considerable bearing on one's potential options later on. Systematic and intuitive learning modules from qualified instructors and schools are worth the investment. Sure, perseverance and resourcefulness dictates majority of a person's success. But it's definitely a good idea to figuratively start with a bigger plate.
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