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The Dream Job for the Gamer in You

Many gamers would love the chance to be paid for playing and testing games. They believe a job like that would be a dream, but it can be made a reality. Most game design students started out as avid gamers, and they are paid to do something they really enjoy.

As game designers, avid gamers don't have to wait for the latest games to hit the market. They can actually be a part of the gaming world and work with gaming companies to create the latest and greatest games and gaming systems. Being a game designer is both rewarding and fun.

There are many reasons why gamers make excellent designers, other than the love of the game itself. An interest in new and evolving technology, along with a vivid imagination and desire are great traits that gamers and game designers alike share.

The Latest and Greatest

Gamers are always seeks to be on the cutting edge of technology, whether it's high definition graphics, real-time interaction with other players, or consoles with more available memory. Gamers who enjoy the latest and greatest aren't playing on outdated systems; they are the first in line to purchase the newest and hottest equipment and games. Gamers who easily adapt to technological changes and push the advances to their limits generally excel in game design careers.

The Desire for the Perfect Game

Gaming is also a business that is ever changing, making it a perfect fit for the gamer who wants to be in the driver's seat dictating what the latest gaming advancements should entail. Gamers who are attracted to careers in game design are individuals who have always wanted to take everything they have ever thought was cool about games and gaming systems—remove everything they've always disliked—and create the next big gaming hit. All gamers have their opinions about the games they play, and getting into game design is a way to put those opinions into action.

Exhilarating Game Ideas

Even novice gamers have a storehouse of game and system ideas locked away in their imaginations, making these gamers ideal candidates for game design companies. The top gaming companies are always on the lookout for individuals who can bring new, exciting game ideas to the table, whether it is for an online children's game or an adults-only console game. Fresh storylines and unique design elements are both highly rewarded in game design.

A Love of the Game

Gaming doesn't have to be just a hobby. Game designers excel at their jobs because they love their jobs. Gamers who understand the gaming world and have the insight to know how it can be improved should explore the possibilities of a career in game design. Many of the top game designers in the world started out as gamers and turned their passion into their dream jobs.

A career in game design makes sense if you possess these qualities. With some education and experience, any avid gamer can take their hobby of gaming from one of play to one of creation. Gamers who have designed the games they play no doubt enjoy their jobs as much as one possibly can, and if you're an avid gamer, you can do it too.


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            Game Art & Design (BS)
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