Is being a Game Designer the most mysterious job in the universe?
I have the wonderful pleasure of introducing myself as a Game Designer. But then comes the follow up question. “What does a game designer do”? Surprisingly that’s a very hard questions to answer. And if I can’t answer it, if it confuses me sometimes, how can I expect anyone else to get it?
Well, at least that is not as bad as these responses:
- Oh so you are an artist? (Not really…)
- So you are a programmer? (Not really…)
- What programs do you use to do game design? (Because they look positively shocked when I answer “Mostly excel”)
- Can you fix my computer? (Sadly yes… I probably can. But I don’t want to.)
So what do I do?
In a short sentence “I create systems”. That doesn’t really tell the listener (Or HR Manager) anything he can use or wrap his head around though. So I usually have to go deeper and give some examples. You have played (Insert game) right?