Outside Gaming Experts: Hitpoint Studio
We were fortunate to have some visitors to the Game Design Camp from the local gaming industry. We thought that bringing in people who do gaming for a living might be a positive experience for the young gamers, and it was. Visitors from Hitpoint Studios not only talked about the design of a game from inception to publishing, but they focused in on the academic skills that one would need to be successful in the gaming world.
In particular, I loved this graphic from the Hitpoint folks showing how a game idea makes its way through the design process. There are many parallels to writing — from initial idea, to draft, to review, to revision, to publication.
Here are some notes from what they shared with the camp around the
jobs that make up a game design company and the academic skills
necessary for success:
Jobs in the Game Industry
- Artist Techs
- Tester/Quality Assurance
- Game Writers
- Project Managers
And here are some of the academic skills that they say are needed for the variety of jobs:
- Attention Span