The digital revolution means that there are now more and more career options available for people that are interested in technology and coding. One of the fastest growing industries in the world of programming is the gaming industry. If you want to be part of this field then here is a quick look at how to become a game developer.
Get The Right Qualifications
One of the best ways to get into this demanding and competitive industry is to get the right qualifications. There are a lot of different degree options available that you could take. The following are some of the most common ones that lead to game development:
- Computer Science
- Software Engineering
- Animation, Graphic Design or Illustration
- Interactive Media
- Multimedia and Computer Design
As you can see, there are a lot of different routes to take for people interested in this specific niche. There are also a lot of courses available now that are especially designed for game developers. You can check your local schools to find out more.
The Right Passion
The good thing about becoming a game developer is that if you are passionate about it you don’t necessarily need to obtain a degree. Although that is often the easiest route to success, it doesn’t mean it is the only one. There are related fields in game development that don’t require a degree. For example, you could become a quality assurance (QA) tester for the gaming industry. This could be just the right career path for someone who loves playing different types of games on various platforms and is really passionate about exploring new games.
Choose Your Niche
Game development includes work in so many different areas that it is important to pick the specific area you are most interested in. You can work in design, in the coding process or even making music for games. Think carefully about your strengths and weaknesses. What would you like to do the most? It is definitely a good idea to go with something that means the most to you in game development.
Learn To Code
Naturally, for most developers, it is the coding part that is the most exciting. You learn a lot once you start studying or working in the industry, and even if you go with something like design or music, it is still a good idea to spend some of your time in learning the basics of coding. For example, you could start by learning to code C++ games for mobile phones. This is something that might even become your career, but even if it doesn’t, it is a nice way to improve your skills.
Above all, it is really important to realize that becoming a successful game developer isn’t easy and it isn’t all just fun and games. You need to work your way up and learn the essentials step-by-step. There is a really good article on the subject at the AltDevBlog.com and it is definitely worth reading.
But don’t let the work involved put you off. If you are passionate and determined then it is a really rewarding career path. Just be realistic and start small. You will reach your goals if you just stay focused.
Author Paul Medina is passionate about games and programming. He likes to help young people get excited about it as well and he is always doing some basic coding together with his young son. He also likes to play the bass guitar.