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Video game designer stresses importance of coding

on Friday,March 04,2011 21:03

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In a recent conference session called "Game Educators Rant!" designer Brenda Brathwaite explained that when she was looking for new students who had just gotten a video game design degree, she always looked for those who knew how to code, according to Forbes magazine.

"I'm hiring an intern," she said, the news source reports. "If you look at my laptop, you'll see two folders of resumes - one is people who can code and one is the trash."

She emphasized the fact that the video game industry was rapidly growing and, as such, more programs were offering students the chance to learn how to become designers. That meant that one needs to learn how to be as competitive as possible.

"If you look at a solid designer versus a solid designer who is also a coder, that coder is always going to win," said Brathwaite.

While she added that it was possible to still not know code and get into the field, it would be much harder.

Brathwaite has been in the industry since 1981, according to her blog. She has worked on the Wizardry series of video games, as well as Jagged Alliance and Dungeons and Dragons. She is now focusing in part on social gaming through Facebook.

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