The Games Design Industry is growing more and more each day. Games are getting better and more people seem interested in playing games even the female audience are starting to dominate the online servers. With currently studying to be a Games Designer I am mainly interested in the art sector of the Games Design industry, my favourite job would be a 3D Designer; mainly working on environments and objects.

Roles within the Games Design industry:

  • Creator
  • Developer (Rocksteady, Rockstar, Lionhead, 2K Games etc.)
  • Director (Game Director, Studio Director, Art Director, Audio Director, Technical Director etc.)
  • Producers (Senior Producers, Art Producers, Associate Producers etc.)
  • Animators (Lead Animator, Motion Capture, Technical Animator etc.)
  • Environment Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Front-end Artist
  • Asset Artist
  • Lighting Artist
  • Technical Artist
  • Special Effects
  • Audio Programmer
  • Sound Designer
  • Character Artist
  • Cinematic Director
  • Level Designer
  • Narrative Designer
  • Designer
  • Marketing Game Manager
  • Community Manager
  • AI Programmer
  • Engine Programmer
  • Player Programmer
  • I.T Director
  • Desktop & OP Support Specialist
  • Finance Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Office Assistant & Receptionist
  • Production Assistant
  • Lead Quality Assurance
  • Quality Assurance Testers
  • Outsource Partners
  • Engine Programmer
  • Character Concept
  • Special Thanks
  • Company Babies
  • Art Team
  • Developer Relations & Management
  • Production Administrator
  • Certification
  • Development
  • Coordinator
  • Usability Manager
  • First Party Operations
  • Talent Relations
  • PR Representative
  • PR Manager
  • Country Sales
  • Trade Marketing
  • Sales Planning & Analysis
  • Distribution
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • Worldwide Operations
  • Regional Office
  • Sound Designer
  • ADR Mixer
  • Sound Editor
  • Foley Artist
  • Story Writers
  • Voice Over Actors
  • Sound Engineer
  • Composer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Dialogue
  • Composition
  • Music Orchestration and Conductor
  • Music Preparation
  • Score Coordinator
  • Cutscene Re-recording Mixer
  • Creatives (Officer, Interactive, Associate)
  • President
  • Publishers
  • Business Development
  • Business Development
  • Business & Legal Affairs
  • Franchise Management

I think that some roles in industries such as this clash and some end up doing similar sort of tasks. I think that this is a good thing as there is more chance of working as a team as well as reassuring that everything in production is up to standards.

When reviewing the job roles for Games Design most of these roles can also be used in the films industry such as Voice Over Actors, Sound Editors and Country Sales as an example, however, I have been tasked to research ‘Entertainment Media’, ‘Production Design’ and ‘Art Director’.

The term ‘Entertainment Media’ is the format in which the product has been released e.g. Film, Book, CD, DVD etc. In our case we have our games on disc and even sometimes as a digital download.

‘Production Designers’ are in charge of design obviously. They are what decides on the styles, themes and aesthetics of the media; whether it be a film, music video or game.

An ‘Art Director’ may seem similar to a production designer but it is not. An art director is in charge of the art department and what goes on there. They will decide on what artwork to use and what to change.

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