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Game Design Careers

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Building the Skills of a Successful Game Designer

Whether you choose to enter the video game industry or focus on another specialty, the ISGT program is designed to help you build the skills you’ll need to succeed in your career.

Job Opportunities

The Dallas area has been a hotbed for computer game development since the late 1980s. It was the birthplace of the first-person shooter genre; Wolfenstein 3-D, Doom and Quake were all created by Mesquite-based id software. id software is just one of 80 game development companies in Texas. The industry provides more than 2,000 full-time jobs in the state, according to the Texas Film Commission, which details the computer and game industry in Texas.

Interactive computer simulation is a versatile technology that goes far beyond its most well-known applications of video gaming, film and television. 3-D animation is a dynamic medium that can illustrate complex ideas in a very short time, with uses in:

  • Medicine, making videos that educate both medical professionals and patients
  • Education, creating understandable visuals of complicated theories
  • Forensics and law, recreating incidents and crimes for investigators and attorneys
  • Advertising, illustrating products and services with sophisticated visual effects
  • Engineering, from design through production in fields that range from aerospace to manufacturing
  • Architecture and landscaping, visualizing buildings and outdoor areas
  • Business and government, from marketing and websites to employee training and presentations

Game Design Companies in the D/FW Metroplex

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

America’s Career Infonet lists salaries and projected job growth in Texas for these related occupations:

Job Hourly Rate Annual Salary Projected Job Growth Through 2020
Film and video editors $17.55 $36,500 +15%
Multimedia artists and animators $25.73 $53,500 +16%
Web developers (computer specialists) $38.74 $80,600 +21%