Pretend to Be a Video Game Designer and We’ll Tell You Which Studio You Should Work For

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Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

You probably got into game design from your love of games. So, what genre of games do you like most?

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Will your character have a sidekick, or traverse the world alone?

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Location is key for setting the tone and environment for players. Where does your game take place?

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Time to think of the navigation aspects of the game. What will your map be like?

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Some games are not for the weak! How difficult are you planning to make this game?

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Will your game have multiple endings or just one legendary ending?

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To tie in with the environment, your art has to be consistent. What type of art style will it have?

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Which type of villain will your character go up against, if any?

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Games can be time-consuming to make, but very worth it in the end. How long do you expect to work on this game?

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Would it be a one-off, or would there be many sequels to come out in the future?

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If everyone could use the cheat "motherlode," we wouldn't need budgets! What is the budget of your game?

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Will your game support local multiplayer or online multiplayer?

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There's a set of rules or boundaries in every game. What is one important rule in yours?

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To add to your gameplay, can players affect the environment in your game?

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Who will be the target audience for your game?

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What type of music will be heard throughout your new world?

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Will there be any hidden secrets for players to find, or will you lay it all out in the open for them?

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Perfect for skins and other cosmetic items, is there an in-game currency system?

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Love them or hate them, it's important to decide: Will there be puzzles or dungeons of any kind?

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What type of emotions do you want a player to feel while playing?

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Some games shy away from getting too deep, while others embrace it and use it to their advantage. How deep will the overall story go?

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Does your game use levels, or is it more continuous and flowing with a story?

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Will there be voice acting to make characters more personable, or text of any kind?

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Unfortunately, every game has to end. Who becomes victorious?

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Often, NPCs can offer great information. Are NPCs common to find in your game?

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Is the game exclusive to certain consoles?

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You need a character for your game. Of the following, what type of personality will they have?

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Time to talk pricing. How much will your game be?

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Can motion controls be used with your title, or will a regular controller work just fine?

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Players love to personalize anything, from characters to weapons. Is anything customizable within your game?

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About This Quiz

Looking for work or a job can be a hard thing to do. As a gamer, you might find yourself looking toward the companies that create some of your favorite games. While you may not act on your search, your dreams are always there. Chances are, you've dreamed of what gaming studio you would work with best and what awesome titles you could design. That's just the first step of many!

There's a lot of work in designing games, but a whole lot of reward comes along with it. After dealing with everything from a starting concept, designing, writing and the more technical aspects, it's hard to accept that there's even more work afterward. For example, pricing, distribution and marketing. Thankfully, most of that is taken care of by other staff members. But there's one last thing that's very important to the design process, and that is loving the end result! Of course, enjoying the game yourself is just as important as well.

Are you ready to put in the work of designing that perfect game that you've always dreamed of? Now is your chance to find out which studio is your perfect match by taking this quiz!

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