In another article, we describe a number of educational opportunities hidden in video games. This time we’re going to create some jobs, too.
1. Working as a video game registrar. Working in a video game store or rental place – permanent or temporarily – should be a teenage player’s dream. In one place, employees have access to the first games and hot gaming systems off the market and they are known to spy on hot press magazines before anyone else. If that wasn’t enough, game employees would get a discount on what would otherwise be too expensive (games, gaming systems and game accessories) to even think about buying. Sweet!
2. Working as a game tester. Before a game reaches the market, it has to go through extensive testing and if you think the programmers behind the game are testing their own stuff, think again. The gaming industry is extremely sensitive about what it puts in the public. In an effort to stay competitive, it must absolutely ensure that the games it produces work as intended. This is where testers come into play. But it’s not easy to become a game tester. When you become a game tester, you also need a little help, but once you’re in, not only do you have access to games that no one else knows, you also have the ability to shape the game into an experience that you and your teammates prefer.
3. Working as a game designer. Do you have good artistic skills? Can you take a character faster than you say, “Did I draw this?” If so, you may be able to get a career designing video games. Today’s video games exude some of the most beautiful graphics ever seen and if you have a good imagination, are able to use some of the most advanced graphics software programs available, and can follow instructions, you can see your own art in the next popular video game.
4. Working as a game critic. The gaming industry is always looking for good content and if you have a talent for writing along with the love for games, you can write for game magazines like Game Informer or you can write content for a very popular gaming site.
5. Working as a game programmer. It’s not a career for everyone, a good game programmer is always looking for. As player preferences change and new technology is developed, someone with the right programming skills needs to be there to bridge the gap between what players want and what the gaming industry can offer. Becoming a game programmer requires extensive training in different development languages – so if you have no idea what we just said, skip this profession and look at some of the others.
The great news about all this is that the gaming industry shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon. Even colleges enter the gaming craze while filling out their course books with game programming classes and game design curricula. There will always be an opportunity for you to mix your love of games with a fixed salary, as long as you remain dedicated to looking for those opportunities, and you try to stay abreast of what is happening in the gaming world.
Check the employment section of your local newspaper or visit the nearest college to find out which classes and trainings are available.
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