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Turning Your Hobby Into A Winning Career

Gamer’s dream of creating their own video game. They imagine and have a vision of what their game would be like. What is fun and what they consider would be the ultimate game to play. Game design is the forum to express those ideas.

Game development has become a giant of an industry. It is taking the nation by storm and you can get a big piece of the excitement and turn it into a winning career. Some gamers toy with the idea of becoming a game designer or creating their own game. This article explores how you can do this and turn your hobby into a lucrative and rewarding career.

Back in 1985 or so, hobbyists could not break into the industry and stay in very easily. Chris Crawford wrote about this in a Compute Magazine in February of ’85. He explains that he would discourage anyone from trying because it would cause too much heartbreak when they couldn’t get into the industry. Never has this been more untrue, than in 2006.

Because of engines, innovative artistic tools, books on game development, etc. more designers, artists, writers, and creative people are getting into the industry and staying in the industry. Success can be a long, hard road, but passion can pull you through to the most rewarding career of all. Whether it is the guy with a guitar who thinks he can be a rock star, or whether it’s the gamer with a pen who wants to be a game designer, the possibilities are endless with pursuant determination.

Never has there been more jobs available. The gaming industry is big and getting bigger.

Your desire to break into the industry is the key. This is the first step, passion. The next step is to focus your passion on where your talents lie. The third step is to go full board at pursuing your dreams, not stopping till you accomplish your goals. Just like in gaming!

As a game designer, you are required, isn't that funny, to play a lot of games. This is because video game lovers often make the best video games. You will also need to have creative ideas, good communication skills, the know-how of the ins and outs of game play, as well as being able to make a game fun and exciting.

If your hobby and passion is video games, you can have a lucrative career in video games, doing the very thing you love.

Copyright 2006 Todd Harris

About The Author

Todd Harris is a concept art director for a multi-billion dollar company. He loves video games as a creative forum. He is trained in the Florence Academy Method. Gamedesigner101.com is a resource web site that is devoted to helping game enthusiasts wishing to have a career in the video game industry. For more information or to sign up for a free newsletter visit http://www.gamedesigner101.com.

Date Posted: May 17, 2007

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