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Game developers are responsible for the design, creation and production of computer and video games. They work with a team of people including animators, 3D artists, software developers, digital video-sound editors and testers during the game development process. Game developers mayFuture Growth Very Strong specialise in a particular type of platform such as games for Nintendo, Xbox or Playstation, or games that can be played on PCs, tablets and mobile devices and a particular aspect of game development, such as programming artificial intelligence or gameplay.

ANZSCO description: Designs and develops digital assets for video and computer games using multimedia software and programming languages.

Alternative names: Electronic game developer, Digital game developer

Specialisations: Author-based Programmer, Computer-based Graphic Designer, Digital Video-sound Editor, Instructional Designer. Specialisation is common in the industry, although games developers sometimes perform a combination of roles.

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Knowledge, skills and attributes

​A game developer needs:

  • to be passionate about using and developing computer gaming software programs and technologies

  • creative flair and strong designing abilities

  • an aptitude for solving complex technical problems

  • the ability to perform under pressure

  • good communication skills

  • to be able to work individually and as part of a team.

 Duties and Tasks

Games developers may perform the following tasks:

  • draw up detailed design documentation, including charts and diagrams that outline the various concepts and components involved

  • modify and document the programme code to correct errors

  • test the game and make amendments to enhance its capabilities

  • prepare digital graphics, animations, sound, video, photographs and images for editing

  • combine structural, mechanical and artistic elements into the game's environment, such as buildings, vehicles and decorative finishes.

Working conditions

​Game developers work in an office environment and generally work on game design projects with other team members. They usually work business hours, however, developing a video or computer game is a lengthy process and game developers may work overtime (evenings and on weekends) during a project to meet deadlines.

Tools and technologies

Game developers use computers, specialist software programs, graphics, and audio and sound equipment in the process of developing video and computer games.

Your choice of software tools and programming languages will strongly depend on the platforms being developed for. Developers who produce code for browser-based games may use scripting and coding languages like JavaScript, Flash ActionScript, Java, HTML and CSS. Games that run on dedicated game consoles or smart phones will often have specific programming languages required for each platform. A variety of programming languages and developer environments can be used to produce games for desktop computers. There are also stand-alone game development suites which can compile games for a wide variety of platforms at once.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a game developer you usually need to complete a qualification in game design, game development, interactive digital media or a related field.

The Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games, Diploma of Screen and Media [Animation and Games Design], Diploma of Interactive Digital Media, Diploma of Digital Media Technologies, Diploma of Software Development and the Advanced Diploma of Games Development are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Australia.

You can also complete a degree majoring in game design, games software and production, games technology, digital design or a related field.

 

Did You Know?

Interactive gaming is now as popular as watching TV or surfing the net with 68 per cent of all Australians playing video and computer games.

88 per cent of homes have a device for playing computer or video games.
(Source: Interactive Games & Entertainment Association)



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