What's it like to be a Game Developer?
A Game Developer is a Software Developer who specialises in creating computer or video games. Game Developers may focus on one or more platforms (such as PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo or PC), or specialise in mobile or handheld game development. They may specialise further in a particular aspect of game development, such as programming the game’s Artificial Intelligence or virtual landscapes.
Tasks and duties
- Using computer software and hardware to write and modify programming code to create game framework and individual elements.
- Utilising creative thought to design new elements or products.
- Modifying and documenting the program code to correct errors.
- Testing specific elements or products and implementing improvements.
- Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
Game Developers interact with computers daily, and have strong knowledge of computer programming, as well as sound and visual design, and 2D and 3D animation. They usually work within teams at game development studios alongside Animators, Designers and Producers. Game Developers may also work freelance.
What can I earn as a Game Developer?
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How to become a Game Developer
- The technology in use in the gaming industry evolves constantly. It is important to keep up to date with the programming languages and game engines that are currently in use in the industry and aim to specialise in one of the in-demand programming languages.
- Undertake a qualification in Computer Science with a focus on Game Development. This could be a Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (ICT40915), Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games (ICT50215), or Bachelor degree majoring in Software Development.
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