Do you already have a dream career that you are set on pursuing? Many people start to have solid plans the moment they find their passion. Whether it’s art, business, or technology, having something that you are willing to spend hours doing and keep learning about is a good starting point in carving out a professional career path for your future.
But what if you’re a gamer? With around 2.8 billion players globally, gaming is one of the sectors of the economy that is expanding the quickest. A career in video game development can be incredibly gratifying if it’s a field that interests you, especially if you’re a gamer. In this article, we’ll talk about the skills you’ll pick up when you take a BSEMC degree with CIIT.
Stop! Take these with you before you start.
Like how your in-game guide helps you before you start your adventure, these skills can set you up for an amazing career in game development:
1. Game Theory
BSEMC includes a game design course called Game Theory, which is a theoretical framework for imagining economic scenarios involving rival participants. In some ways, game theory can be seen as the science of strategy, or at the very least, as the best possible way for independent, rival agents to make decisions in a strategic context. By learning game theory, you can create games like the Final Fantasy franchise that require problem-solving skills to utilize your opponent’s weaknesses. Cast “Firaga” on Undead!
Have you ever found great video games that unfortunately didn’t get the hype they deserved? Those games that died out before they even got the chance to succeed? Successful games don’t just need the fanciest graphics or the best mechanics, it also needs robust business strategies to push it to gamers around the world. Established game development firms like Bungie and Square Enix didn’t get to where they are now just because they made amazing games. Granted, their popularity came from the masterpieces they made but the survival of their company was made possible by great business decisions by their management.
With CIIT, you’ll also learn how to make this possible with Technopreneurship being taught in our BSEMC program–so that your masterpieces can have better chances of reaching gamers around the world.
3. Audio Design and Sound Engineering
Again, it isn’t just about amazing graphics or mechanics. For true immersion, several factors must be considered when developing a game and one of the most important is audio.
It doesn’t matter which type of game people prefer to play–great audio immersion amplifies the experience of the player and can even leave an emotional mark at the right moment. Not only that, proper audio can provide players with increased spatial awareness. Ensuring when the right sound plays, where they come from, and how loud they are has a big role in how enjoyable a game can be. In FPS games like Call of Duty or Valorant, it’s important that the sound engineering is perfected to provide a fully immersive gaming experience for players.
4. 3D Animation
Although 2D never got out of style, 3D is still the way to go if you want to make a great-looking game. Not to throw shade at the likes of Hollow Knight and Castlevania but God of War: Ragnarok and Elden Ring are way beyond them in terms of graphics. Unlike 2D animation, 3D animation better immerses the player with the added elements of height, width, and depth–increasing the realism with such details.
Because of the recent advancement of technology and game development software (we’re looking at you, Unreal Engine 5), it’s much easier to create visually stunning games today. That just means you should be able to maximize the potential of what these technologies can provide. After all, the work can only be as good as the worker.
By taking up a BSEMC degree, you’ll learn both basic and advanced skills needed to create stunning 3D models with software like Unity and Autodesk 3DS Max. Did we mention that you get access to these software when you enroll at CIIT? Aside from Unity and 3DS Max, you will also be taught to maximize Adobe CC, Toon Boom, Flash, and Python Java.
5. Scriptwriting and Storyboarding Design
Above all else–graphics, audio, mechanics–the story is what gamers remember. You can have the best graphics and audio, but if the story feels flat and dead, nobody’s going to pay for your game, maybe even mind it. Take a look at the cult classic, Undertale. It doesn’t have the best graphics, but it’s remembered as one of those games that you need to play because of the story. Granted, gameplay mechanics can be equal to the game’s story in terms of importance, what gamers remember are what happened more than how it happened.
Thank you Mario! The princess is in another castle!
Remember the frustration?
By learning scriptwriting and storyboarding, you can invite your players to have an emotional connection with your game. Having an appealing story can immerse them into your world more and give them something that they can be part of.
Set up your Career
Want to be part of one of the fastest-growing industries in the world? Take up a Bachelor of Entertainment and Multimedia Computing degree. Our BSEMC program here at CIIT will help you develop the necessary range of skills needed to become successful in the game development industry. Learn everything you need for your future career, from the basics to more advanced topics like Artificial Intelligence in Games.
Moreover, you can expect to join a supportive community of teachers and CIITzens—CIIT’s creators and innovators—who will help you move forward in your educational and professional goals. Start your journey to success by clicking the link.