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Most of us love to play games and spend hours on end playing them, be it on computer, mobile or video. It is so easy to get addicted to games, but does anyone think of the efforts behind the making of these games?? Making a video game is just not easy as playing a game. Designing a game is a long, multifaceted process which involves the combined effort of a team of professionals with a unique mixture of creative and technical skills. It is one of the most complex part of software development which involves various aspects of development of the game like- outlining the concept, documenting rules and principles, development of graphics and so on. Gaming is one of the largest segment of the entertainment industry and a multi billion dollar one, flourishing widely across the world. It has become one of the most highly sought after career in today's modern world with the growing demand for computer, mobile and video games. Wide access of internet has also created a huge demand for online games, and with the advent of greater technology, this industry is growing at a firm, fast pace. Gaming as such started with classic video games in 2D, but early 2000 saw the development of the more popular 3D platform. But 2D game design software has seen a revival in recent times following the development of mobile apps. A career in Gaming, is an exciting but a highly competitive field with a combination of technology, creativity and fun. It is also an amazing and interesting career for those individuals who dedicate their lives for creating new and improved games. Designing is the key aspect of developing games, and it is done by a team of skilled individuals including game designers, programmers, engineers, writers, artists, producers and other staff. Each individuals work profile may vary according to their designation, but they work as a team to create video and online games, using techniques in illustration and animation, 3D and 2D design, storytelling, graphic design, web design, interactive media, digital production and more. They should have an awareness or working knowledge of programming, fine arts, framing and even software development. Game designing may be confused with animation, but there is a huge difference between both these fields. It is not mandatory for an animator to have good game knowledge, but they work together with game designers and 3D modelers to create animations for games. But a game designer must have an in-depth knowledge of games and the art of sketching. The game industry is rapidly changing on a daily basis and more and more new games are being invented. Hence numerous opportunities are available in gaming industry for those who want to be part of the excitement of creating video games. But for obtaining a job one must be highly skilled and talented, as the employers strongly weigh talent, and demonstration of applied knowledge. Overall, Gaming Industry is growing into a lucrative and happening career for youngsters, who posses heavy coding and programming skills along with a passion for game and creativity. Eligibility Relevant educational qualification in the fields of animation, graphic designing, game designing/ technology etc. is necessary for obtaining an excellent career in gaming industry. Those interested in pursuing a career in gaming industry, should focus on gaining awareness with computer programming in an object-oriented language such as C++ or Java, from their high school level, so that they can build a bright future for themselves. Several certificate and diploma programmes in game designing are offered by various institutions. Advanced Diploma in Game Design; Diploma in Game Design and Gaming; Video Game Design and Development Certification; Video Game Design and Development etc. are some among the courses. The minimum eligibility required for most of these courses is 10+2 or its equivalent. For becoming a Game programmer, one should have B.E/ B.Tech degree in computer engineering. Online programs are also available in game design and animation. Those with an inborn desire to learn gaming and excellent technical skills can excel in this field. Good working knowledge of the game designing software's is a must for a career in game industry. Once you decide on the platform - i.e 2D or 3D you want to pursue, you should get familiar with its applications - 2D designing software's such as OR 3D applications like 3D Max/ Maya/ XSI, Light wave 3D, Cinema 4D etc and computer graphics, data structures etc. They should also be exposed to art, literature, philosophy and history as it helps to create games with specific cultural touch to a particular region/country or people living in various parts of the world. Personal Attributes - Strong interest and liking for the games is the first and foremost thing needed for an individual to become an expert professional in the gaming industry. Candidates who wish to make a career in game designing should be innovative, creative, systematic, dedicated and have a clear understanding of common game mechanics and game play theory. One should possess the art of sketching or drawing and have a sound understanding of anatomy of humans, animals or birds and body movements and lighting effects. Game designing is a field which requires a keen eye for detail, loads of patience, excellent communication and presentation skills. A game designer must have a good sense of colour, proportion, size, design, visualization, knowledge of background, art and layout. Since gaming industry is the combined endeavor of a group, one should be able to work well in a team and group setting. Time management is also an important characteristic needed for a game designer.

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