Games developers design, create and produce computer or video games. They work in games development teams with artists, programmers, producers and marketing staff. Games developers usually specialise in a particular game platform (e.g. PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo) and a particular aspect of game development (e.g. programming artificial intelligence, gameplay).
Game developers may perform the following tasks:
- Draw up detailed design documentation including charts and diagrams that outline the various concepts and components involved
- Modify and document the program code to correct errors
- Test the game and make amendments to enhance its capabilities
- Prepare digital graphics, animations, sound, video, photographs and images for editing
- Combine structural, mechanical and artistic elements into the game’s environment, such as buildings, vehicles and decorative finishes.
Specialisation is common in the industry, although games developers on occasion perform a combination of the following roles:
- Technical Artist/3D Artist
- Digital Video Sound Editor
- Quality Assurance Analyst/Tester
Analyst (Information Technology); Artist; Graphic Designer; Illustrator; Information Technology Manager; Multimedia Developer; Programmer (Information Technology); Sound Technician; Systems Designer (Information Technology); Web Designer/Developer.