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Gaming. . . As a Career?
Do you play any type of digital game?
•Did you know that you
are developing career
skills by playing digital
games?
•The #1 requirement to
become a game
designer is to be a
gamer.
Game Designers. . .
• Play games
• Must be able to work as a team
• Can Be
• Artists
• Designers
• Programmers
• Have a bachelor’s degree
• Computer Science
• Software Engineering
• Graphic Arts / Design
• Multimedia Design
• Make on average $70,000.00 / a year
3 main roles for a Game Designer
Lead Designer
-team leader / management
-usually good at computer
programming, storytelling, and
art
Level Designer
-Creates level by level play
-usually good at computer
programming and art
Content Designer
-creates story, backgrounds, & characters
-usually good at storytelling and art
A Day in the Life: Video Game Designer
• https://goo.gl/v7uQKk
Digital Gaming Then & Now
1986 2017
What is 8-bit animation?
• 8-bit refers to color
• Each pixel is represented by one
8-bit byte
• The maximum number of colors
that can be displayed is 256
• Less colors = less detail
• Images are often blocky or
pixelated
• It was one of the first methods
used to put color on computers
and in video games
• 8-bit animation uses 8-bit colors
and makes the images move
The original Legend of Zelda uses 8-bit animation
https://goo.gl/VWPFb8
The original Legend of Zelda uses 8-bit animation
Today, you are a Content Designer
• Legend of Zelda is doing a reboot to
the original, 8-bit design
• New levels
• New villains
• New lead characters
• Goal is still to rescue Zelda
• Design a new lead character (in 8-bit
style) for Legend of Zelda
• Things to consider
• Size?
• Appearance?
• Weapons?
• Vulnerabilities?
• Health?
Today, you are a Content
Designer
• Design a new lead character for Legend of Zelda
• Must be in 8-bit style
• You CANNOT copy an existing image from the
internet etc.
• You CAN look at other images for ideas.
• Coloring will help!
Animate a new lead character for an 8-bit
animation reboot of Legend of Zelda
It can be simple or complex.
Let’s watch a demonstration!
• https://goo.gl/sZmQWG

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Game Design as a Career

  • 1. Amy Bultena Stanislaus County Office of Education azschaber@stancoe.org Gaming. . . As a Career?
  • 2. Do you play any type of digital game? •Did you know that you are developing career skills by playing digital games? •The #1 requirement to become a game designer is to be a gamer.
  • 3. Game Designers. . . • Play games • Must be able to work as a team • Can Be • Artists • Designers • Programmers • Have a bachelor’s degree • Computer Science • Software Engineering • Graphic Arts / Design • Multimedia Design • Make on average $70,000.00 / a year
  • 4. 3 main roles for a Game Designer Lead Designer -team leader / management -usually good at computer programming, storytelling, and art Level Designer -Creates level by level play -usually good at computer programming and art Content Designer -creates story, backgrounds, & characters -usually good at storytelling and art
  • 5. A Day in the Life: Video Game Designer • https://goo.gl/v7uQKk
  • 6. Digital Gaming Then & Now 1986 2017
  • 7. What is 8-bit animation? • 8-bit refers to color • Each pixel is represented by one 8-bit byte • The maximum number of colors that can be displayed is 256 • Less colors = less detail • Images are often blocky or pixelated • It was one of the first methods used to put color on computers and in video games • 8-bit animation uses 8-bit colors and makes the images move
  • 8. The original Legend of Zelda uses 8-bit animation https://goo.gl/VWPFb8
  • 9. The original Legend of Zelda uses 8-bit animation
  • 10. Today, you are a Content Designer • Legend of Zelda is doing a reboot to the original, 8-bit design • New levels • New villains • New lead characters • Goal is still to rescue Zelda • Design a new lead character (in 8-bit style) for Legend of Zelda • Things to consider • Size? • Appearance? • Weapons? • Vulnerabilities? • Health?
  • 11. Today, you are a Content Designer • Design a new lead character for Legend of Zelda • Must be in 8-bit style • You CANNOT copy an existing image from the internet etc. • You CAN look at other images for ideas. • Coloring will help!
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  • 13. Animate a new lead character for an 8-bit animation reboot of Legend of Zelda It can be simple or complex.
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  • 15. Let’s watch a demonstration! • https://goo.gl/sZmQWG