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Does anyone here work in Level Design? - A Forum Thread for GameBanana.

Or even if just the game industry.

I'm taking a long shot here since I believe that most FPSB goers are just casual gamers who don't have any relation to the video game industry besides playing the role of the consumer. I'm wondering if there are any actual members here that work in the game industry? I recall there may have been one or two that passed by here, but I'm checking now. I'd prefer a person that's a level designer. See, my school has recently added the Senior Project to our agendas, and the project essentially consists of a senior doing research on a possible career and then presenting it to the class and a "board" of people (most likely comprised of teachers, consulars and/or administrators) Obviously I'm choosing to talk about level designers, or game designers if I cannot find enough on the first one. So why am I looking for any actual game devs? Well a component of the project consists of an interview with someone who is already in the chosen field. That's why I'm looking for someone: I need someone to interview. I don't know anyone in real life who works in game development, so I've come here to see if there are any. We could arrange to talk on AIM or something of the sort. The interview should not take too long. There are a set of pre-defined questions I'm supposed to ask, but I may add one or two. Thanks in advance. PS: If you'd rather not post publicly, feel free to PM me instead.
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    I, myself want to go to the game development businiss
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    Well I'm sure it's a hot choice, but it's something I've really wanted to get into after 2nd grade. Before that I wanted to be a commando, but that was because I played too much command and conquer.
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    Sadly I am not in the gaming industry :( but I hope to get into it someday. Seems like it would be a lot of fun!
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    This website is full of ammature game developers.
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    this can help you since its 800 bucks, my school pays for it. Login: Skyview Password: Storm Press explore careers on the side, and type in game developer. Theres a lot of info, and to get salary info choose your state on the bottom. Theres also a couple of interviews on the side. You can also use the matchmaker, which can lead you to a career you like, theres around 100 questions. And YES you can use those interviews for info, they are real, and my school lets us use them instead of getting actual interviews.
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    Posted by BlackHoleSon This website is full of ammature game developers.
    I'm aware of that, but there's always the chance that someone lurks around here who's the real deal.
    Posted by KniteWulf I'm a professional game-player. I work for free, work long hours, and often work over-time. It's a tough job, but it's rewarding.
    A... game player? That's not exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks gamebrigada. However, my project also wants to include the person to be interviewed to be verified so they know that I did an interview. (I think) However, that link is appreciated and I'll take a look at it. Sounds really useful.
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    Lol, the 'real deal' in the same sentence as FPSB? thats a laugh.
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    I was, but I decided to get into some form of programming.
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    So you're saying there has never been a game developer surfing these forums?
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    Posted by BlackHoleSon Lol, the 'real deal' in the same sentence as FPSB? thats a laugh.
    wow it was just a joke, i dont see why the thumb was needed. i was referring only to people like Gamebrigada.
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    Id be surprised if we have any game testers here, Ive been one for a couple months and a couple games, made some cash, but holy fuck it was boring, playing the same level over 100 times to find every bug on it, and doing anything in any possible combination is even worse. It definitely isn't the dream of a gamer to play new games, its so fucking boring.
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    Posted by gamebrigada Id be surprised if we have any game testers here, Ive been one for a couple months and a couple games, made some cash, but holy fuck it was boring, playing the same level over 100 times to find every bug on it, and doing anything in any possible combination is even worse. It definitely isn't the dream of a gamer to play new games, its so fucking boring.
    i do that anyway, hell, for many hours. 2 summers ago i found about 219 glitches for GTA: San Andreas on the console.
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    Posted by gamebrigada Id be surprised if we have any game testers here, Ive been one for a couple months and a couple games, made some cash, but holy fuck it was boring, playing the same level over 100 times to find every bug on it, and doing anything in any possible combination is even worse. It definitely isn't the dream of a gamer to play new games, its so fucking boring.
    I read that several years ago in a gaming magazine. There were people that fell asleep and set a tape on the tv playing the same level over again, so it looked like they were still working in their cubicle.
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    Posted by gamebrigada Id be surprised if we have any game testers here, Ive been one for a couple months and a couple games, made some cash, but holy fuck it was boring, playing the same level over 100 times to find every bug on it, and doing anything in any possible combination is even worse. It definitely isn't the dream of a gamer to play new games, its so fucking boring.
    I read that several years ago in a gaming magazine. There were people that fell asleep and set a tape on the tv playing the same level over again, so it looked like they were still working in their cubicle.
    Rofl, nah I worked for crytek, first game I tested was farcry, damn it was beautiful, but holy crap it had tons of glitches. Anyway I got payed for the percentage of found glitches, not for the time or amount of times I went through a level. I actually found 16% of the glitches/bugs, which was 327 total. And got 490 bucks for it, and yes they owe me 50 cents.
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    Shit man, i would definitely do that, i wouldnt care how boring it would get. id be the bug squasher :D
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    Posted by BlackHoleSon Shit man, i would definitely do that, i wouldnt care how boring it would get. id be the bug squasher :D
    I have an uncanny knack for finding bugs and glitches most people wouldn't. And I'm good about keeping the nice ones to myself so no one finds out about them and then they get patched.
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    Same for me Wulf, ive discovered a ton of glitches for many games on my own, mostly single player games, but i can come across many from time to time in multiplayer.
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    Still.... Game dev beats game test. Fuck, making a part of a game that will be played by thousands / millions. Makes my happy inside. :)
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    Posted by Paul Still.... Game dev beats game test. Fuck, making a part of a game that will be played by thousands / millions. Makes my happy inside. :)
    I've always wanted to make a racing game based off of Philadelphia, because there are so many where you race about in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles etc. I had huge plans for it. It would basically include about 500 square miles of city and suburb, because there are so many amazing roads around here.
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    Posted by Moses Philly sucks, you'd be running over homeless people the whole time. Either that or angry minorities, lol.
    Have you ever been to Philadelphia? That's a gross overstatement. I spend plenty of time in the city, and I rarely run across homeless people. You only ever find big groups of them in the more remote subway tunnels.
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    Posted by Moses Philly sucks, you'd be running over homeless people the whole time. Either that or angry minorities, lol.
    Have you ever been to Philadelphia? That's a gross overstatement. I spend plenty of time in the city, and I rarely run across homeless people. You only ever find big groups of them in the more remote subway tunnels.
    I would prefer West Philly. Born and raised.
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    Posted by BlackHoleSon Shit man, i would definitely do that, i wouldnt care how boring it would get. id be the bug squasher :D
    I have an uncanny knack for finding bugs and glitches most people wouldn't. And I'm good about keeping the nice ones to myself so no one finds out about them and then they get patched.
    Ehh except here its way more dangerous and you have to write and explain every glitch you find. And yes you have to find things such as noclipping through a portal in Portal, which can lead to some unwanted dangers. Plus when you actually work as a game tester, you test the game in Alpha stage, meaning a single step can trigger a crash. It gets really lame when the game keeps crashing and when they don't make it simple for you to start it, so it sometimes does take 10 minutes to find a single glitch, not because its that good that a glitch is hard to find, but because it takes that long to get in the game and it crashes right away.
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    Posted by BlackHoleSon Shit man, i would definitely do that, i wouldnt care how boring it would get. id be the bug squasher :D
    I have an uncanny knack for finding bugs and glitches most people wouldn't. And I'm good about keeping the nice ones to myself so no one finds out about them and then they get patched.
    Ehh except here its way more dangerous and you have to write and explain every glitch you find. And yes you have to find things such as noclipping through a portal in Portal, which can lead to some unwanted dangers. Plus when you actually work as a game tester, you test the game in Alpha stage, meaning a single step can trigger a crash. It gets really lame when the game keeps crashing and when they don't make it simple for you to start it, so it sometimes does take 10 minutes to find a single glitch, not because its that good that a glitch is hard to find, but because it takes that long to get in the game and it crashes right away.
    Yea, I've heard tell of hellish tales of game testers and their private hell..... Enough of that. As much as it would be annoying, I think it would also be very rewarding. Although I'm curious: do you play on your own machine, or are you provided one, and you must go to an office somewhere and sit in a cubicle?
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    Posted by Paul I always imagined it would be somewhat like grandma's boy.
    It's sortof like that, except not as... Cool? I worked as a Intern in a studio across the street from my University, Ensemble Studios. I found it a very interesting job since I got to watch them at work design and test stuff.
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    I'm doing a rather large loop around to potentially get into the industry, I'm currently actually working on an architecture degree and will most likely extend that to a BA of engineering to get into more of the visual design aspect of games and leave the gameplay layouts to the pros :P
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    Posted by Lost I'm doing a rather large loop around to potentially get into the industry, I'm currently actually working on an architecture degree and will most likely extend that to a BA of engineering to get into more of the visual design aspect of games and leave the gameplay layouts to the pros :P
    That's actually a pretty good idea, I would do that but I'm more into programming then design. :D
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    Posted by Lost I'm doing a rather large loop around to potentially get into the industry, I'm currently actually working on an architecture degree and will most likely extend that to a BA of engineering to get into more of the visual design aspect of games and leave the gameplay layouts to the pros :P
    Architecture eh? Just checking, but there's a bit of math involved isn't there?
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    Posted by Lost I'm doing a rather large loop around to potentially get into the industry, I'm currently actually working on an architecture degree and will most likely extend that to a BA of engineering to get into more of the visual design aspect of games and leave the gameplay layouts to the pros :P
    Architecture eh? Just checking, but there's a bit of math involved isn't there?
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    I'm pretty sure that one of our old members (Zacker I think) works for Ubisoft now.
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    The math is what makes the design my friend :P
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    Math is more physics related, so knowing math and being able to use it and put it in different values that the engine will use. There isn't THAT much math in it, but doing the physics engine and the Layouts which isn't that hard is the math part. The rest is pretty much drawing. I can only say that the easiest part of the math parts is calculating how many pixels are in a foot/meter/yard w/e you want the engine to use, and then making the layout by that size. Mapping isn't that hard, they make the engine first, then make the maps, and its not that hard to make a nice map maker on the way.
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    I lol at life when it sucks.
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