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As a freshman of game designer,I need some advices

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Let me introduce myself first ,I am a student major in chinese literature(your know ,I am from china ),but I really don't want to study literature anymore ,for the academic system is so bad .I want to choose a more freedom and sincere field to study (I know it‘s not very easy).By accident ,I have access to indie games ,and I think it's more closed to what I want to express(writing can complete some goals too ,but I pay more attention to interaction),I learn python and processing by myself (do some simple things ,just for fun ),but I have no idea how can I complete a game by myself .I even plan to apply to graduate school (like NYU,USC) to study game design ,but I have no works now……I really need some advice .

I find this website accidently(how luck I am !)  ,VPN sometimes works  not very well ,maybe I can't reply the comments promptly .

Thank you very much ! 

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7 hours ago, acid cookie said:

I have no idea how can I complete a game by myself .I even plan to apply to graduate school (like NYU,USC) to study game design

I think he says it here. It would seem if he's asking if it's a realistic goal

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1 hour ago, SIr Pep said:

I think he says it here. It would seem if he's asking if it's a realistic goal

It's too soon to say if making a game by the OP's self is a realistic goal or not. You cannot just wake up one day and ask yourself if it's realistic to do something you haven't even dived into yet. Also, what is this "game"... depending on what the target is will directly affect the probability of completing the goal when considering the person's skill and ability, plus time and financial resources.

Game Development itself has a lot of different positions, and a variety of skill sets are needed. People who do one man teams successfully, or even smaller team sets usually require a lot more skill and ability to succeed, not to mention the massive time investment to acquire those skills and hours banked in gathering experience.

The OP should sit down with a career counselor and actually put together a plan, especially if there is an intent to go abroad.

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my question :

about game design:

1、If I  want to be a professional game designer ,which ability should I have ?Should I learn a lot about game programming or art design in order to cooperate with others better?

2、Is there any standards about game design(or I say to be a game designer)?exactly I probably think all the people(if they want to make a game )  can have  good ideas to do the games , it don't need special people ,can it make the game designer uesless ?(in fact I wanted to take part in the game jam before ,but some people told me ,they didn't  need people just can design the games ,because they could not  do the practical work ,and they could organize the ideas too )so what is the position of game designer?

3、what is the work flow of game designer ?how to organize a stroy that can be used in a game ?what's the different between the literature and the stories of game ?As a student majored in literature ,what I should do to change my academic abilities to make the game .

about the graduate school :

1、Is it worth to go to a college to study game design?(can you give some tips to choose the school ?) or go to a company would be better (but I think nobody want to employ a person without game design experiences)?

2、If I want to study game design in college ,how should I prepare my projects ,make a game demo ?just a design plan ?If I should  make a game demo,what I should learn to make it come true ?(I really have no idea to make it )

I hope it could be more clear. 

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Your post was moved to the Games Career Development forum. For starters, you should read some of the sticky topics at the top of this forum.

First, you asked about the job of game designer. 

This article talks about preparing for a career as a game designer. Also read "All about the job of game designer," and watch "So You Want to be a Game Designer." 

Then, you asked about college and grad school.

"Worth" is subjective - only you can decide if something is "worth it" for you. In general, college (a bachelors degree) IS "worth it." Grad school (a masters degree, or a Ph.D.) is another story. You already mentioned 2 schools; both are good, and those are not the only 2 good choices. I wrote an article about how to choose between schools. Game designers do not work alone - they work on a team of other specialists. I wrote an article about the different jobs in games, and one about the process of making games.

 

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3 hours ago, Tom Sloper said:

Your post was moved to the Games Career Development forum. For starters, you should read some of the sticky topics at the top of this forum.

First, you asked about the job of game designer. 

This article talks about preparing for a career as a game designer. Also read "All about the job of game designer," and watch "So You Want to be a Game Designer." 

Then, you asked about college and grad school.

"Worth" is subjective - only you can decide if something is "worth it" for you. In general, college (a bachelors degree) IS "worth it." Grad school (a masters degree, or a Ph.D.) is another story. You already mentioned 2 schools; both are good, and those are not the only 2 good choices. I wrote an article about how to choose between schools. Game designers do not work alone - they work on a team of other specialists. I wrote an article about the different jobs in games, and one about the process of making games.

 

it's very kind of you to help me ,thank you very much XD

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Let's also be realistic here. If you want to become a solo developer there's absolutely no way you can even think of becoming a professional in all the areas you would need. That would take decades.
Only you can sit down a gauge your talents and decide if you'll be able to do it. It took the maker of Stardew Valley 4.5 years. He's still not a pro, he's just learned enough in his weak areas to make a great overall game.
And asking questions here is the wrong way to go about it. I would suggest you start reading forums and learn how other people are doing it :)  Read, Read, Read and learn!

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19 hours ago, SIr Pep said:

Let's also be realistic here. If you want to become a solo developer there's absolutely no way you can even think of becoming a professional in all the areas you would need. That would take decades.
Only you can sit down a gauge your talents and decide if you'll be able to do it. It took the maker of Stardew Valley 4.5 years. He's still not a pro, he's just learned enough in his weak areas to make a great overall game.
And asking questions here is the wrong way to go about it. I would suggest you start reading forums and learn how other people are doing it :)  Read, Read, Read and learn!

you are right ,I need to do find answers by myself in the forums ,instead of losing in reverie.I will work hard and hard !

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