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Lecture for Session 1 of The Los Angeles Film School's Survey of the Video Game Industry course.

Lecture for Session 1 of The Los Angeles Film School's Survey of the Video Game Industry course.

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  • Session 1 David Mullich Survey of the Video Game Industry The Los Angeles Film School
  • Who Am I? David Mullich dmullich@lafilm.edu @David_Mullich Game Production Instructor at LAFS Game Producer at Electric Sheep Game Consulting Co-creator of Boy Scouts Game Design Merit Badge
  • Who Are You? 1. What is your name? 2. Where are you from? 3. What is your favorite movie? 4. What is your favorite game? 5. What is your career goal?
  • Geek
  • Wannabe
  • Cal State Northridge
  • Computer Science
  • What Does A Programmer Do?
  • Computer Confusion
  • Interactive Fiction
  • Rainbow Computing
  • EduWare
  • EduWare
  • EduWare
  • EduWare Designer Programmer Programmer Programmer
  • What Does A Game Designer Do? Game Design Document • World • Story • Controls • Camera • Mechanics • Resources • User Interface • Levels
  • What Did I Learn? You may love to play games, but a game developer loves making games. And that means you need skillz.
  • Bought Out And Crushed Down
  • Electric Transit
  • Distribution Publisher Distributor Retailer
  • Over Production
  • What Did I Learn? Game development is a calling, because success does not come easily. Most games don’t break even.
  • Disney Licensor (Creates intellectual properties) Licensee (Uses others intellectual properties)
  • Publisher Publishing Company (Markets/Sells Games) Development Studio (Creates Games)
  • Pitches and Greenlight
  • What Did I Learn? Anyone can have a good game ideas. You need to also be able to persuade, plan, and prove you can deliver.
  • Cyberdreams
  • Cyberdreams Voice Over Music Artist Developer Designer Licensor Producer
  • What Did I Learn? The game industry is full of people even more talented than you, but that's one of the benefits.
  • 3DO
  • What Do Game Artists Do?
  • 3DO Director Lead Designer Lead Programmer Lead Artist Lead Audio Assistant Designer Writer Level Designers Engine Gameplay Artificial Intelligence User Interface Audio Multiplayer Tools Concept Textures Characters Environments Special Effects User Interface Cinematics Sound Effects Music Voice-Over
  • What Do Audio Engineers Do?
  • What Did I Learn? Game development is a team sport for geeks. You need to be able to communicate and work well in a team.
  • Activision
  • Activision Operations Quality Assurance Marketing Legal Finance Developer Producer
  • What Does A Game Producer Do?
  • What Did I Learn? Game development is a business. A big business. Bigger than the movie business.
  • Abandon Mobile
  • What Did I Learn? Games can now be played anywhere, any time.
  • Spin Master
  • What Did I Learn? Gamers are no longer just teenage boys. People of all ages and types now play games.
  • Jet Morgan
  • What Did I Learn? You can learn just as much working on an advergame for cats as working on the latest gazillion $$$ mega title.
  • Boy Scouts
  • What Did I Learn? Game development is no longer just for geeks. Everyone now wants to get in on the action.
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 1. Motion control makes gamers out of everyone
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 2. The rise of digital distribution brings convenient ways to buy games
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 3. Independent developers are feeling the love
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 4. Online multiplayer is now a requirement
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 5. Crowdfunding gives developers a way to bypass publisher control
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 6. Mobile gives handhelds some serious competition
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 7. The rise of free-to-play makes some developers rethink sales models
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 8. Consoles became all-in-one media centers
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 9. DLC and firmware updates add hours to our games and fixes for their bugs
  • Ten Current-Gen Innovations That Changed The Way We Play Games 10. Developers now interact with their fans
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 10 Parents are present when games are purchased or rented 91 percent of the time.
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 9 Seventy-six percent of all games sold in 2010 were rated "E" for Everyone, "T" for Teen, or "E10+" for Everyone 10+. www.esrb.org.
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 8 Fifty-five percent of gamers play games on their phones or handheld device.
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 7 In 2011, 29 percent of Americans over the age of 50 play video games, an increase from nine percent in 1999.
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 6 Forty-seven percent of all game players are women. In fact, women over the age of 18 represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (30 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (18 percent).
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 5 The average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 41 years old.
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 4 The average game player is 37 years old and has been playing games for 12 years.
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 3 Seventy-two percent of American households play computer or video games.
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 2 Purchases of digital content accounted for 24 percent of game sales in 2010, generating $5.9 billion in revenue.
  • Top Ten Video Game Facts StjohnColon.com 1 Consumers spent $25.1 billion on video games, hardware and accessories in 2010.
  • Global Games Market 2012-2016 StjohnColon.com Source: The NPD Group Source: Newzoo, 2013 Global Games Market Report
  • The Future of the Industry As of 2006, there were about 80,000 direct and indirect U.S. workers in the industry. Game developers typically earn nearly twice the average college graduate rate ($73,000/year) Rising costs of development: In 1990 it cost about $40,000 per game. In 2004 it cost about $10,000,000 per game. Grand Theft Auto V, released in 2013, cost about $266,000,000 to develop. Source: http://www.theesa.com/facts/pdfs/VideoGame21stCentury.pdf StjohnColon.com
  • Gamer
  • Professional Gamer
  • Gaming Professional John Romero Shigeru Miyamoto Mike Morhaime
  • You may love to play games, but that doesn’t make you a developer. I love to eat dinner, but that doesn’t make me a chef.
  • Do You Have Skillz? Gamers are good at digital interfaces Gaming professionals are good at both digital and human interfaces
  • How to Succeed in LAFS Be your own Career Entrepreneur 3 Keys: Devotion Persistence Re-invention
  • This is a College Class Studying game development at college is still college study. Take Notes Study Read
  • Take Notes Having one of these is a minimum requirement. At all times.
  • Study Review the Lecture Notes Think Understand Reflect and Connect
  • How to Read Make time for it Do it in short chunks Make notes or highlight key concepts Leave time to reflect and connect
  • Game development is a team sport for Geeks. This means communication. With grammar‐Nazis. “...the different ways they done it like in the game play and the scenes ad the props” ...is not communicating and will incur their wrath.
  • All Business is Communication Publisher to Customer Developer to Publisher Boss to Team Team to Boss Team Member to Team Member
  • Good Communication Precise Clear Brief
  • Written Communication Informal Communication Its cool to werk in gamez.u get too do anything u want & stuff Formal Communication It’s cool to work in games. You get to do anything you want and stuff.
  • Written Communication
  • Written Communication Capitalize the beginning of sentences, names, game titles, and the word “I” Use proper spelling and punctuation Put a space between punctuation mark ending a sentence and the start of the next sentence Don’t use “u” for “you”, or “&” for “and” Don’t confuse “its” and “it’s”
  • Attention to detial It matters.
  • Emails Use a meaningful subject line (e.g., “Homework 2”) Send attachments as PDF files only Put your name on all attachments
  • Assignments If you can’t be bothered to: be creative strive for originality even within established norms or constraints look beyond your initial idea actually enjoy and actively want to do the above Then get used to the phrase “Would you like fries with that?”
  • Assignments Word counts are there for a reason. Use them wisely and avoid: Padding Going off topic Repeating yourself Padding by stating the obvious in a way that takes quite a lot of words but really isn’t saying anything new Repeating yourself but in a different way Padding, wadding, lining, extemporising, extraneous content or going on any other kind of Synonym Safari TM
  • Assignments “On Time” means 5 minutes early. Unless the stakes are really high, in which case it means 24 hours early. Or a week early. Pssst....Sometimes developers make false internal deadlines to avoid calamity such as missed milestone payments. Maybe you could do the same if graduation is at stake?
  • Tests Study for your tests! Refer to the slides. If you see on a slide, it will probably be on the test. If you don’t know the answer to a test question, guess! There are no points deducted for wrong answers on multiple-choice questions I will award some points for clever or knowledgeable answers on short-answer questions, even if they weren’t the answer I was looking for.
  • “I just want to pass this class” Classes are not kidney stones. If you think about them in these terms, maybe you’re on the wrong career path?
  • <<<Expand your horizons>>> Just because it doesn’t have the word GAMES in it, doesn’t mean it’s not going to inspire, inform or be useful to you every day for the rest of your creative life. This is especially true of non‐electronic information such as: Books Museums Art History
  • Impressions Your colleagues and faculty will most likely be your doorway into the industry. How do you want them to think of you? Leave a professional and lasting impression. They’re your first referees, either on paper or via word of mouth.
  • The Golden Rule
  • Let’s go!
  • So You Want to Work in the Video Game Industry (7:41)
  • Take-Away “I’m really good at ideas. That’s what I want to do in the team; be the guy who has the ideas.” Join the queue. At the back. Behind the guy who can draw; the girl who can code; and the ones who can write, plan, create, evaluate, debug, submit and deliver. They’ve got ideas, too.
  • 10 Misconceptions About Working In The Videogame Industry 1. We don’t just play games all day long. 2. We aren’t all programmers. 3. “My neighbor’s kid plays a lot of videogames. Can he get a job like yours?” 4. The Tech Support misconception. 5. It’s not just having ideas.
  • 10 Misconceptions About Working In The Videogame Industry 6. Videogame music is still real music. 7. We aren’t gaming savants. 8. Testing takes skill. 9. We get that you don’t play games. 10. It’s a real job for grownups. What Culture
  • IGDA 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey © 2014, International Game Developers Association
  • IGDA 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey © 2014, International Game Developers Association
  • IGDA 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey © 2014, International Game Developers Association
  • IGDA 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey © 2014, International Game Developers Association
  • IGDA 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey © 2014, International Game Developers Association
  • IGDA 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey © 2014, International Game Developers Association
  • IGDA 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey © 2014, International Game Developers Association
  • Remember, Video Game Development is a Calling
  • The State of the Videogame Industry The State of Video Gaming and Video Game Industry! (43:18)