Steps to Become a Video Game Designer

1. Be passionate!

Passion takes people far and if passion can be transparent in the work produced then skill becomes secondary. Employers look for people that know games inside and out.

2. Be a problem solver

There is a lot of potential for something to go wrong in video games like bugs and dysfunctions and employers absolutely need someone who are quick on their feet and comes up with solutions.

3. Keep up with the fast pace

The game industry works at a rapid pace. Although patience is required it is also very important to be efficient and meet deadlines.

4. Get the proper training

People cannot expect to work as a designer without the proper education in the field. There is very specific training that is involved with designing video games and most of it can be learned in school specialized in game design. Becoming educated about the industry and how the process works will be help people translate their knowledge and apply that to real world applications.

5. Gain experience

Knowledge is definitely important in any industry but what is most important is applying the knowledge to real world applications. To become a video game designer it is vital to apply the skills to test design capabilities and get more familiar with programs and applications. This can be done through internships or jobs where shadowing someone with more experience. Self teaching applications and doing projects for fun will also be good practice and add to the portfolio. Use websites and resources to take in as much knowledge as possible.

6. Build Portfolio

Create a killer portfolio and resume to be the best candidate for the dream position. The resume should include creative, marketing and business skills used for games that have been designed. Explain the game genre, target demographic, marketing hooks and business model for the games. Compile the work produced through schooling, personal endeavors, and professional experience in an online and print portfolio to showcase the work.

What will make you stand out?

Be able to communicate your design in a simple way, both verbally and in writing. Understand core game loops and break them down. Have the knowledge to explain exactly what makes a game fun. It is vital to understand disciplines you might work with. Be able to adapt to limited resources, time and budget. Most importantly, be excited about games and your work. Translate passion in anything and everything related to games.

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New Gamers: Tips for Getting Started

When people start out with gaming, they might not want to tell other people that they have started gaming because they don’t want to feel stupid about not being so good on the consoles.

They might start playing a game and start chatting to their friends about it, but the friend knows a lot about the game and they make comments about how slow their progress it. This could lead the new gamer to quit and stop playing the games.

If this sounds like you and you want to start out with gaming, then you should read further into this article, for some tips on how to become a great gamer.

Pick a Console

This year, the two new major consoles have been released – Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. You might be tempted to just run out and buy both but think about what you can use them for.

One is more a complete entertainment machine and the other is aimed at gamers with better graphics. If you buy them both and you don’t like gaming, you can re-sell them but you will lose money on them.

You might be better starting out with the one that can be used as a full entertainment system and then you will get some use out of it, even if you don’t use it for gaming.

Social Networks

Once you have made a player profile on your console, have your gamer tag listed on your social networks and your current friends will add you. They will already know that you are a beginner and they are more likely to help rather than ridicule.

Practice Makes Perfect

Once you have bought a game and you have played it a few times, you will start to learn the controls and have a better idea of what you are supposed to do. You will start to notice a change in the way that you are thinking. For example, if you are starting out with Dead Rising 3, when you first play it, you will follow the story and run around killing zombies.

But, you will start to notice that you can pick up things on the way that will benefit you. These things might be food for energy or new weapons, or you might even jump in a car so that you don’t have to run everywhere. You will think about surviving in the game and not just running around wondering where you are supposed to be going.


There might come a time when you are stuck and you have no idea how to get further on in the game. If this happens to you, then you should not worry; there are options that you can take.

In the old days, you would just have to figure it out, but with advances in technology, you can search for solutions on the Internet and even watch walk-through videos on YouTube. Once you have played more games, you will find that you will figure more things out and you won’t have to go looking for help as much.

Play Online

Once you have played some games and you feel a bit more secure about your ability, you should start playing online against other players. This is a brilliant way to make friends and gaming will become more of a social activity.

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How Video Games Could Help Your Business

I know what you’re thinking “how could video games ever benefit me in anyway, let alone help my business”, firstly I don’t want to give the false impression that by staying home all day and playing video games your business will skyrocket, it won’t, hard work and dedication is the only formula for that my friends. However I do want to examine the benefits of playing video games, and show the translation of these benefits into our fine world of business.

Social Networking

Online multiplayer games are huge; it is the most played game type in the world. Meaning that aside from youths calling you derogatory terms for homosexuals and claiming to have performed certain acts on your mother, there are some genuine links to be made. Given the magnitude of the online community, it is likely that you will encounter potential business associates and clients on your time playing online; however it will be difficult to build a rapport with someone on first person shooter type games, stick to strategic games, for example league of legends. This strategy based game encourages you to talk tactics with fellow players to help win games, making it a very easy platform to meet people.

Decision Making

In the fast paced war zone of Afghanistan there is no time to hesitate, either you pull the trigger first or die. Now this anecdote may only be referring to a virtual war zone, where you don’t actually die but it is regularly being in these pressure situations which exercise the brain into comfort when faced with similar circumstances. In game you will be faced to face with an opponent where if you do not make the first move you will die, in these situation there is no time to think,just react. Crossover into the workplace, your company is downsizing and you need to let an employee go, you’re torn between two employees at this point it is beyond thought and has reached instinct.

Longevity of life

A study from the University of Iowa has states that playing a brain-teasing game for just two hours a week may help slow the degree of mental decay associated with the natural aging process. I really do not know how I could link this in with the business world, think of it this way, your business is probably better off with you not dead, right?

Pain Relief

In 2010 a research found that patients who had been undergoing chemotherapy reported less pain when immersed in virtual world. The same study shows that this does not only apply to chronic illnesses, sufferers of minor and injuries and stress also saw a decrease when pain levels when playing video games. The proverb peace of body peace of mind, is not just p

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Top Scary Games Of All Time

With the start of our “Top” Lists Campaign, we bring to you the Top Scary Games Of All Time..

-Amnesia: The Dark Descent

-Alan Wake


-Silent Hill: Downpour

-Dead Space

For some of you, at one point in your life, after playing numerous games, from Halo 4 to FIFA 14, there comes a game that creeps you out so much that you’re just not able to finish it, and you say ‘Screw it’ and go back to a genre you’re comfortable with. Or you somehow persevere and do finish it, and then do your best to not think about it ever again. I’m one of the people who, if possible, take a partner along for every mission/quest. A dog is even better, like in Fable 2 (the game wasn’t that scary, I just don’t like being alone in dark and isolated areas). Here’s a list of the top scary games (in my opinion, since I haven’t played every scary game ever made):

1. Amnesia: The Dark Descsent (PC)

Developer(s): Frictional Games

Publisher(s): Frictional Games

Platforms: Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux

The game is based in London, in the year 1839. You play as Daniel, and when the game starts the player wakes up in the Brennenburg Castle, with absolutely no memory of how he got there, and doesn’t remember anything but his name and where he lives, and the fact that something dangerous is after him. To reach your goal, you have to explore the castle with nothing but a lantern. No weapons, no powers. No way to defend yourself from the horrors that plague the castle, all you can do is run, as fast and as creatively as you can. You’ll have to fix things so you can use them, and solve some puzzles too.

There’s a health meter, and along with that there’s also a sanity meter, and you must keep an eye on both. The sanity meter is affected when you’re in the darkness for too long, or see something really, really distubing or stare at some of the ‘horrors’ mentioned above for too long. As the sanity meter declines, the hallucinations start, which lead the monsters right to you. Having some form of light with or around you will help maintain the sanity meter, but just in case you don’t have access to any, use the tinderboxes to light any candle you see. If you see an ugly, deformed and unearthy being- run as fast as you can, because it will chase you until you’re out of sight. Don’t even try to fight it because this is not Skyrim. Or Supernatural. So, run and hide and don’t stand behind doors because they can get rid of doors very easily.

2. Alan Wake

Developer(s): Remedy Entertainment

Publisher(s): Microsoft Game Studios

Platforms: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

The protagonist of the game is Alan Wake (best selling psychological thriller author), who is suffering from writer’s block- which didn’t go away for a while. Alice, his significant other, and his agent Barry suggest a vacation, and so Alan and Alice travel to Bright Falls, though they had no idea what was waiting for them. Alice is kidnapped by an unknown force, and the player must overcome various obstacles to get her back. Thus, you dive into the supernatural world where fiction comes to life, and it’s not (most of the time) in your favour. A world where a certain darkness is slowly taking over those around Alan, and that includes humans, animals and even non-living things. You have to defeat them with the combined use of light and firearms.

You opponents will have weapons of their own, and they’ll come in different sizes and with different levels of strength and speed. They are protected by a layer of darkness that surrounds them, and while it’s there firearms will have no effect on them. You have to get rid of the darkness by using the flashlight or some other source of light, and then use your trusty weapons to kick their asses. Ammunition and batteries will be limited, so make sure to collect them while you explore the town. Bigger sources of light will destroy more opponents, and streetlights will generate your health faster. There’s also an optional objective, and it’s pretty useful: collect the scattered pages of Alan’s latest novel, Departure, and it’ll contain information on events that have yet to happen, and tips that’ll help you progress.

3. F.E.A.R.

Developer(s): Monolith Studios, Day 1 Studios

Publisher(s): Vivendi Universal

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows

In this game, you’re the Point Man-a member of F.E.A.R., which is an exclusive special ops group that deals with supernatural forces. The player is in this group mainly for his distinct reactive reflexes. It’s a first-person shooter game, influenced greatly by japanese horror. The overall atmosphere of the game is one of the main reasons why it’s among the top scary games. One of the unique features of the game is reflex time-this slows down everything around you (you move normally) and allows the player to aim and shoot with ease. As for the weapons, you have your normal firearms: rifles, pistols, etc. The one thing that will probably creep you out the most is Alma-the terrifying little girl in red. But at least your opponents are human, albeit telepathically-controlled ones with extraordinary abilities.

The hallucinations are also something the player is subjected to repeatedly, injecting you with a healthy dose of fear and caution if you get too cocky at times. Parts of the game will mess with your head a little, and the sudden appearances will tire you out (mentally) after a while, so I’d suggest taking short breaks in between, if only to remind yourself that it’s not actually real.

4. Silent Hill: Downpour

Developer(s): Vatra Games

Publisher(s): Konami Digital Entertainment

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStaion 3

The main protagonist of the game is Murphy, who’s out for revenge, with one goal in his mind: killing a certain nasty pedophile. On this path, he makes mistakes that come back to bite him in the ass later on. The player explores Silent Hill, encountering monsters at every turn. Firearms are among the available weapons, but they’re painfully limited, and so is the ammunition. Your melee weapon should always be on hand, but even that breaks eventually. As the health meter declines, it gets reflected on the character’s appearance. You do get to solve more than a few puzzles, and other than that the main focus is combat, which will occur more frequently while it’s raining because monsters appear more often. Alongside the main quest, there are other minor objectives available that are related to the townsfolk. The game’s outcome will depend on the choices made by the player throughout the game.

5. Dead Space

Developer(s): EA Redwood Shores

Publisher(s): Elecronic Arts

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Definitely one of the top scary games. You play as Isaac Clarke who survives, along with two other partners, their ship’s collision with the dock of the mining starship they were sent to investigate. Along with making certain discoveries about the Ishimura(mining starship) and the planet they’re on (Aegis VII), they finally realize how much danger they’re in, and the fight against the Necromorphs-that are quite similar to zombies, I think. Behavior-wise. They’re just reanimated corpses and a smarter version- starts. It’s kill or be killed: and they have to kill in order to get off the planet.

The menu, health bar etc are viewed in the form of holographic projections. but unfortunately it doesn’t pause the game, and you can still get hurt while trying to check how much ammunition you have left. Unlike zombies however, Necromorphs are capable of strategic thinking, and headshots don’t do much damage so you have to cut their limbs off if you want to stop them. But, they have another skill: regeneration. As in, they can sprout new limbs, like a certain Namekian everyone loves. Coming to the weapons, the only one you’ll recognize is the rifle- other weapons include a hydrazine torch, a plasma cutter, a contact beam. As the game progresses you’ll experience a sense of helplessness, betrayal, misery, and eventually, a pretty unexpected end.

For some of you, at one point in your life, after playing numerous games, from Halo 4 to FIFA 14, there comes a game that creeps you out so much that you’re just not able to finish it, and you say ‘Screw it’ and go back to a genre you’re comfortable with. Or you somehow persevere and do finish it, and then do your best to not think about it ever again. I’m one of the people who, if possible, take a partner along for every mission/quest. A dog is even better, like in Fable 2 (the game wasn’t that scary, I just don’t like being alone in dark and isolated areas).

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