Information & Communication Technology
Games developers design and produce games for PCs, videos, internet, mobile devices and games consoles.
What does a Games Developer do?
Games developers design and produce games for PCs, videos, internet, mobile devices and games consoles. The work could involve making new games or updating existing titles.
As a games developer, you might:
- decide what the game will look like and how it will be played
- develop a detailed concept design, including outlining all of the components and concepts involved
- work with a team that may include designers, animators and programmers to build and test the game
- prepare sound, video, graphics and other images for editing into the game
- modify the design or game as necessary based on testing
- make sure that the game is optimised for different digital media
- ensure that the project keeps to the required deadline.
Key skills and interests
To become a games developer, you would need:
- well developed computing skills
- a wide and up-to-date knowledge of computer games technology
- creativity and flair
- a logical approach to problem-solving
- good teamwork and communication skills
- flexibility and adaptability
- to not be colour-blind.
Working hours and conditions
You would usually work standard office hours, with some evenings and / or weekend work, and overtime to meet deadlines.
You could be based in an office or a studio, depending on your role. You would spend most of your time sitting at a computer.
In a larger company, you may work in a games development team with artists, programmers, producers and marketing staff. In a small company, you may do a wide variety of these roles yourself. As a self-employed contractor, you might develop the entire game.
How to become an Games Developer?
Entry Level Education
To become a games developer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in interactive digital media, digital and interactive games or digital media technologies.
Your employment prospects may be improved if you have a degree with a major in games design, games development or games programming, digital media or multimedia. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths, computing applications and software design & development would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Employment of developers in IT areas generally is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.
The rapid growth of online and mobile technology, and the strong appetite for entertainment in these areas, requires new applications continually.