Delve into the Mind of a Game Designer in this Interesting Interview

Delve into the Mind of a Game Designer in this Interesting Interview

Let’s start with an introduction to who Debasis Kayal is? 

By profession, I am a Game Design Consultant. I assist game development teams with innovative game ideas & how to generate revenue out of it. I also mentor students & indie developers to complete their games in a timely manner by setting up quality benchmark & business potential. I read a lot & interact with industry professionals to keep up with the latest game market trends. I also keep myself reachable to anyone who is interested in productive discussion.

What inspired you to become a game developer?

Games always fantasized me by its fast adaptability to technology and unique blend of art, technology & design thinking. To me, any game has the potential to serve the community beyond fun as a form of educational tool, social awareness & dealing with many human problems that we need to explore in the coming years. I find myself in a very strong position to create something very engaging and impactful in terms of the game that can reach my target audience easily. On the other side, it has a very strong career scope to fulfil my personal needs.

Could you elaborate on your experience in the game industry?

I started my career in 2006 with educational games. In my early career, I tried many things to get to the right path. I tried several times to build a team with some really innovative games. In 2009, I procured a job that gave me exposure to mobile game development for iOS & Android platforms. I nurtured my interest in game development through various roles and disciplines. In 2015, I moved out of my hometown Kolkata to explore game development further. In this process, I gained skill, confidence and respect in the game development community and came across opportunities to be a part of some really good projects and teams. Lately, in mid of 2019, I had the opportunity to share my professional experience as a mentor in Backstage Pass and I decided to move forward with mentorship along with my game design consultancy.

How do you see the games industry evolving in the next 5 years?

The game industry has evolved a lot in the last 15 years and it will continue evolving with more technological advancement in sectors like AR, VR, MR and XR. New avenues will open up for a richer gaming experience and adaptation of game technology in educational, medical, social and training sectors.

What brought you into teaching game development?

As I said, I read and research a lot on game technology. Therefore in my opinion, teaching the new generation of game developers will be a good way to expand my own knowledge because I believe in “sharing is learning” philosophy. I got a call and I had some time to spare, both worked for me.

What are the changes you would like to see in gaming education? 

The current way of teaching is absolutely fine. All we need to promote is a more product-centric way of education. As each game is different from each other, the approach needs to be dynamic and on a case to case basis. Basic knowledge of art, design & technology is satisfactory but there needs to be a more practical way of teaching to solve specific problems, we should not treat everything in a pattern. So, I feel a more development-focused training process is integral in gaming education.

How was your experience teaching in Backstage Pass? 

My experience in Backstage Pass has been fantastic so far. I spend most of my time in the Bangalore branch but frequently visit Hyderabad & Pune campuses as well. All the mentors, office staff and students are well connected and motivated. The mentors and administration conduct frequent discussions to keep the training process up to date with industry standards. Many webinars, workshops and brainstorming sessions are organised to inspire our students and community to achieve their goals.

What is the difference you find in the teachings of Backstage Pass when compared to other game education institutions?

Frankly, I didn’t get a chance to work with other institutes but I have definitely interacted with many students and faculties from other institutes. We agreed on the fact that Backstage Pass has advantages and reputation over these institutes in terms of mentorship, facilities and student satisfaction.

Many are of the opinion that game development can be learned on their own so, why do you think a degree in game development is important?

The fact is true but formal education in game development is required in many aspects. Studios expect you to know the process and pipeline of game development, which can be learnt thoroughly only via a formal education system. Also, many studios ask for a dedicated degree in game development. Even individuals who want to start their own game development studio, as an indie studio, I will recommend them to go through a short term course at least to get to know about the process and techniques. 

What are the main mistakes students make while building a game?

There are many but I want to highlight a few like they don’t think about the revenue potential of the game at the early stage of the development. Once they are in middle or at the end phase they realize they need some sort of way to generate money from the game. Then it’s difficult to put this into the game. Most of the time students get so carried away with the concept that they ignore the experience of the player. Always we need to keep one thing in mind that game design is a player-centric approach rather than what we like to have in the game. Another major thing they ignore is that the developers do not have a concrete reason for why they are developing a game? The answer to this “why?” will help them to build the game in a better shape. Sometimes they have a misconception of using advanced technology to achieve a very simple characterisitc, just to impress the audience or something similar. In this process, they struggle to complete a task & lose focus on the main objectives. I can keep writing such mistakes unendingly because we at Backstage Pass, always try to fix these issues on priority.

What are the misconceptions about the games industry?

There are hundreds of misconceptions and if I list them out, it may hurt someone’s feelings. But as a part of the industry, I should clarify a few here. Many people don’t think that game development can be a mainstream career like in IT, technology, or even films & animation industry. I will like to exhibit some information such as, $159B revenue generated by game industry in 2019 which is double the amount by movies, music, OTT platforms together. The next type of misconception is only studios or big teams can develop games. I will ask them to check for indie game development success stories over the internet. The next one is that India is not a good game market. I strongly oppose this statement as well. There are many Indian game companies that are developing games specifically for Indian market and they are doing impressively great. You need to have that knowledge and judgment power to decide what to make for India.

Do you have any tips and advice for the upcoming generation of young game developers?

Make a game, that’s the only way you can make better games & get the exposure. Stay hungry, stay raw, be a rebel in the game industry.

Gaming Industry Gears up to be A Billion-Dollar Market

Gaming Industry Gears up to be A Billion-Dollar Market – Here’s Everything You Need to Know

The gaming industry is one of the largest segments within the entertainment industry(Standalone, it exceeds the movies or music segments) and is estimated to be worth $100 Billion globally.

In order to carve a niche in this lucrative field, an individual, who has a great passion for gaming, can pursue a number of courses.

The gaming industry is emerging in India, compared to Europe and North America. With this, India is one of the world’s top five countries for gaming development.

To pursue a career in this lucrative field;

An individual can get rigorous academic and hands-on training in game design, art, and development. It will be definitely necessary to start a career in this field.

According to a survey conducted by Google and KPMG in India, the gaming industry is estimated to stand at approximately $0.6 billion, of which online gaming is approximately $0.37 billion. The study also says that the gaming industry in India is expected to reach $1.3 billion by 2022. It also adds more than 0.19 billion gamers in the time frame.

Making Gaming as a Profession:

Besides the fastest growing markets in India, gaming became a career option for a vast number of talented young students from diverse backgrounds.

There is a huge demand for Game Art Professionals across the globe. This is the reason why there is employment potential for young aspirants within India as the country is being developed as an outsourcing hub for international game companies.

Career Options in the gaming industry can be:

Game Art Creation – Concept Art, 3d Modeling & Texturing, Lighting, U.I and Technical Art, Game Design, Level Designing, Game Production, Game Testing, Game Programming – Gameplay, Network, Graphics & A.I, Project Management, as well as General Management positions.

Skills required to excel in Game Art & Design profession:

Key pre-requisites to excel in the gaming profession are digital tools like Autodesk Maya, 3dsMax, Photoshop and Z Brush etc. and should have a strong understanding of the game engines such as Unreal & Unity.

Moreover, a passion for gaming helps great!

How much you can earn being in the gaming profession:

The pay scale in this gaming profession works as per industry standards and they are comparable to other industries, A Game Art/Programming fresher is paid around 2.5-3L per annum. A game artist/Programmer with 4-5 years of experience is paid around 5-7 Lakh per annum. There are companies in India, which pay around 9 Lakhs (or higher) per annum to a game artist/programmer with just 2-3 years experience. It mostly depends on the level of skill set you can showcase, and most importantly, you should be a team player. There is a plenty of choices to grow by huge leaps thereafter. An individual can earn incentives and ESOPs in companies with a good track record.

Gaming profession offers the most challenging and rewarding opportunities in the jobs market today.

To be part of this successful career stream, join Backstage Pass today!

 

 

 

How to Kickstart your Career as a Game Designer

Creating games is not just about an Idea. As a game designer, you must be specialized in making and delivering games. It’s more about what the designer does to put the game together, from the prototype to the final outcome. We will brief you about how to kickstart your career as a Game Designer.

Career as Game DesignerHow do you start?
If you wish to design games, start by making games. A game designer should concentrate always on making games. Your first ten games will probably suck (it’s not your fault), but don’t let that de-motivate you! Keep making them.

Things you should know –
Game designing is a field which requires a very wide range of knowledge. Dig up the Internet and learn as much as you can. Watch useful videos on the YouTube and enhance your skills. Bookmark and follow good gaming related blogs. There are some important things you should have knowledge about in order to become a better designer.

Things you should study – 
The most frequently asked questions, what do you need to study? What are the qualifications required? Do you need a university degree? We say, it comes in pretty handy for you, if you hold a professional degree. Few topics require you to know in-depth knowledge about gaming. There are few good universities that offer specific game design courses, concentrating on some amazing topics. Find a good college and assess the course portfolio and decide accordingly. Gaming is more about practical knowledge than about theory. See if the institute focuses more on practical knowledge.

You should know to Code
You don’t need to be a professional coder, but must be able to at least know the basics of the coding language. Coding will come in pretty handy for you, helping you achieve far more. Coding is a precious skill in the gaming industry.

You should know to Draw –
Art is something that game designers cannot ignore. A game designer must be able to sketch or visualize ideas. Did you know?
“Shigeru Miyamoto, the greatest designers of all time, started his career as an artist.”

Play Games –
You should play A LOT. Play everything you can, try as much things as you can. Always dissect the games you play, try to understand how they work, and deconstruct them.

What do you think about the article? Let us know in the comment thread!

Turn Your Passion into a Career Reality – 5 Ways to get a Job in Gaming

We have listed the top 5 ways on how to acquire a Job in the booming Gaming Industry.

make gaming your career1. Self teach:
You can always teach yourself a lot about gaming. A lot of gaming professionals knew much about gaming before joining an institute as such. You can do a lot of research about gaming; there are oodles of information on the internet. Practice how to code or program by yourself, when you decide to join an institution; it’ll come in handy. The best way to self teach is to look for videos and tutorials online.

2. Join a University:
To get a Job in gaming industry, you should have a professional degree or a course from a university. Going to an institute will make you much more productive. Self learning might help you open up your own company, but if you want to get hired in the competitive industry; you must definitely get trained at a university. Start looking for good institutions close by.

3. What’s your dream job?
First, find out what you want to work as. There are many different career opportunities in the gaming industry. They include -Game Designer, Game Developer, Game Artist, Game Programmer, Game Writer and Game Testers, Decide what interests you more and get trained accordingly.

game programmer4. Develop your Programming skills:
Having good programming skills is very important for any gaming professional. Even if you don’t have an experience, if you hold an internship/certificate as a C++ or Java/C# programmer, the chances of you getting hired increases exponentially. Build a good C.V and also maintain a good online presence. You should have a website of your own.

5. Create an online portfolio:
For gamers, a good portfolio is the key. Maintain a good website; you only have to send a link to companies when they get in touch with you for job opportunities. It will create a great impression. Initially, start making small games. Practice a lot and the satisfaction from completing smaller projects will help you.
Is Gaming your passion? This website will help change your passion into a career reality.

gaming industry

Breaking into the Gaming Industry

The advent of Gaming Industry led to the rise of the number of career options for gamers. We think game developing is the only career option in the blooming industry, but as the game industry is growing; a number of career options are now available for people who are passionate about gaming. Many jobs are opening in the industry. As the popularity of Video Games increases, so is the number of career options in the field. There are a wide variety of career pathways you can choose from, there’s almost something for everyone.

We bring you few of the top most career options the ever growing Gaming Industry has.

Composer

Composing music for video games is a very important job in the gaming industry. Many people may not know, but a lot of gaming companies are hiring number of passionate composers to make music for video games. Video games are much like movies these days. The gaming industry is definitely a great way to fly start your career in music.

Developer

Making video games is the most important thing in gaming, obviously. Take a certificate course or get a degree/diploma in game developing. You also do some research on the internet. OUYA, is the first Android-based gaming console, which is an excellent tool for you to make games. What’s the best part? It’s free! Steam Greenlight is yet another way to get your game out there. Game-developer is the most sought out career option for you, if you decide to enter the gaming industry.

Marketing

No matter what you do, marketing has become compulsory these days. So many new games come out every month, it’s crucial for the Gaming companies to market their games. Even if you make a super-amazing game, without promoting, it won’t make it to the top. Knowing marketing in general is enough for you to get hired in the marketing and P.R positions in the Video Gaming Industry.

Voice actor

Composing for video games is similar to composing for movies and television. Video game characters need a voice; you can take up the role of a voice actor.

Tester

To be a video game tester, is the most fun job in the gaming industry. However, you must have a lot of experience in playing all sought of games.  You must be able to very well play video games, have loads of patience and also must pay great attention to minor details.Your role is not to only play, you should also find flaws and get the developer’s attention towards it.

You only have to be passionate and interested; there are many options in the video gaming industry to choose from. Get started!

Top 5 career tips for aspiring game designers

 

Game Designer

Entertainment has taken a new perspective with advent of smart phones, tablets and computers. These sources provide you entertainment via many different avenues. The most vibrantly used source amongst all these are games. However, do you know that behind all these entertaining games is the toil and effort of game designers? These professionals are the actual players and the master-minds who make games a reality.

As the saying goes ‘all work and no play makes jack a dull boy’, however in the case of a game designer that is not true. Game Designing is an exciting career field. Game Designers don’t just get paid for creating games but playing games is also a part of their job. Now isn’t that cool?

Game Designing is a very specialized and challenging career where creative and artistic skills are a necessity. So do you dream to become a game designer? Well, if yes, then there are certain aspects that need careful attention. Read below to find the top 5 career tips for aspiring Game Designers.

Dig deep to educate yourself

Self-learning helps. You will need self efforts to become an expert game designer. So the primary aspect is to dig deep and find the right training institute for obtaining a degree in game designing. Here too, it is important that you don’t just sit in class and hear what your teachers preach. Interaction is the key.

Network

Follow companies involved in game design. Check what the current trends for the industry are. Seek to know how a game design company operates. For this, networking will be beneficial. Reach out to professionals from the industry. Seek guidance on how to tread forward. If you are lucky enough, your design college might reach out to some company for campus recruitment and chances of you already knowing someone there will be high if you have spread your wings correctly.

Internships help

You can check for companies offering internships. This will groom you as professional and also provide you with experience certificates to help in your full time job search.

Understand responsibilities

Remember that designing games is a team effort. Work is distributed amongst the team of which you will be a part. Understand what your role is and how it will benefit the project in hand. Flexibility and multitasking are abilities that will help you in the long run.

Keep yourself and your profile updated

While you are working as a game designer, ensure that you keep track of innovations and new technology related to the industry. Keep learning and maintain an updated profile of your experience and expertise. This will heighten your chances of bigger and better opportunities.

Finally remember that this profile requires efforts, patience, creativity and ability to handle stress. So if you are passionate about this profession, follow the above mentioned tips and kick start your career with full acceleration.

Game Designer vs. Game Programmer

So you love those enticing and thrilling times playing mobile or desktop games? More so, you expect to get into this industry that offers loads of opportunities to follow your gaming passion? Well, for aspiring students looking for different opportunities to enter the gaming industry, distinguishing two important gaming positions, namely, game programming and game designing might be somewhat confusing. Though these two belong to the same stream, there are certain aspects you need to understand about them to help you decide which position you desire the most. You can better term this distinction as execution vs. conceptualization.

Primarily, you need to understand that both game design and programming work in tandem for creation of user engaging games. So let’s take a closer look at both these career avenues in brief.

Game Designer

Game designing is a creative and holistic approach towards game development. The primary quality for becoming a Game Designer is to know exactly what gamers expect from games. You need to visualize a bigger picture of how a game will play. Hence, studying how games will flow; right from the start to their end is necessary. Structuring games, forming rules for playing them, conceptualization, documentation and overall management of flow are aspects that game designers need to handle. Additionally, excellent analytical and problem solving abilities are skills you need to possess for working in this trade.

Game Programmer

Programming of games includes considering design specifications provided by Game Designers, integration of sound and art, and then translating all this into games that are playable. Innate command over computer programming languages/tools such as C++, C#, Java Script, APIs, interfaces, logical thinking, math skills, gameplay programing, graphics programming, game engine programming, concepts of artificial intelligence are necessary elements that you need to possess. This complex profile requires you to map game terrain and environment, implement some artificial intelligence elements and connect inputs of players via controllers.

Designing of games involves creative visualization of games, while programming relates to technological aspects for implementation of this vision for making the game a reality. Remember that this industry is a pool of rewarding opportunities; however, bypassing proper training and education will lead you to nowhere. So, what are you waiting for? Enroll yourself today for an exciting career in Gaming and become the Game Designer or Programmer the Industry is waiting for.