Ben Brode

Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder, Second Dinner

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How to Become a Game Designer

Either my first article was a massive success and you’ve scored a job at a games company and now you’re looking to get into game design - or you’ve decided to just prance right into a design gig without any prior experience in the industry. Either way, welcome back!

Game Designers are a strange breed. We’re all crazy. And we’re all different. I have only loose ideas about what Game Design is like at other companies, so take all my tips with a grain a salt and a shot of root beer.

Tips start now, so I presume you have your salted root beer ready to go!

Tip 1: Understand what a Game Designer actually does

If you think a Game Designer says “Someone make me a game where you have a jetpack and twin bazookas and you turn into a werewolf during real-world nighttime and the character’s face looks like the player’s actual face and it works on oculus” then you do NOT understand what a Game...

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How to Get a Job in the Games Industry

Welcome to my two part series on how to get a job as a game designer!

Here’s the thing, I don’t even know if I am the right person to discuss this. My own path towards game design was, uh, non-linear. However, for some reason people want my advice, so I will pretend to have good advice and write this blog and then when you get your awesome design job you can write me a letter and I’ll pretend that I was useful and you weren’t just going to get that job anyway.

Here’s my advice, in two parts:

PART 1: How to get a job at a video game company. (this blog!)

PART 2: How to become a game designer. (next blog!)

If you already have a job at a game company, congratulations! You can stop reading now! Actually I’m curious why you even read this far.

Tip 1: Play video games.

THANKS CORPORAL OBVIOUS. But seriously, play a lot of them. Be up-to-date, but also play the classics. Play Plants...

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