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Do video game programmers get to contribute to the game design?

In this episode of Game Industry Career Guide Podcast, I answer a question from Derek, who asks “I’m interested in both game programming and general game design, my talents lying mostly with programming. Do game programmers often get much input in the game design outside of simply how the game functions? I assume this would largely depend on the size of the team. But I’m just wondering if it’s likely I’ll get to participate in both areas.”

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How team size influences programmer input to game design
  • Why your choice of subject matter expertise affects your design influence
  • The #1 most impactful way to ensure you get your say in a game’s design

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How To Become A Video Game Community Manager

This interview is part of the Quest for Your Career series. We focus on each specific job in the video game industry by interviewing an expert in the field. Learn what they do, how they got started, and whether it's a good job for you.

Jason Van Beveren, Video Game Community Manager

Jason Van Beveren is “part storyteller, part relationship manager, and part analyst.”

It’s All About Community

The game industry is evolving. As video games have changed over time from solitary experiences into live, “always on” worlds with millions of players, engaged communities of players have grown around them.

And game studios have responded by creating new teams of specialists to manage and nurture all those players – both inside and outside of the games themselves. These specialists are called Community Managers.

Jason Van Beveren is a professional Video Game Community Manager. He combines his love of the video game industry, with years of experience to help game companies turn even the most casual fans into empowered, enthusiastic brand evangelists. We talk with him today about what a Community Manager does, what it takes to succeed in that job, and how you can get started. Read more ›

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Amp Your Job Search: Master the Telephone

This article is part of our Video Game Job Hunt Guide. Read the full guide to learn how to write a strong resume, build a winning portfolio, ace your job interviews and more.

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Opportunity is calling! But this probably isn’t a good time to answer.

If you’re like me, you love chasing the latest tech to boost productivity or communicate with friends. But there’s one gadget you’ve been using for so long, you take it for granted – and it’s hurting your chances in the job market.

I’m talking about nothing less than the oldest communication device in your entire geek-gadget arsenal: The lowly telephone.

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5 Phone Interview Mistakes You Must Avoid

This article is part of our Video Game Job Hunt Guide. Read the full guide to learn how to write a strong resume, build a winning portfolio, ace your job interviews and more.

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The phone interview is your “movie trailer” to make them hungry for the feature film.

The phone interview is your first and best chance to make a strong personal impression. Think of it as a “movie trailer” for your career, rather than the feature film: You want to mention the coolest things you’ve done, but only at a very high level. And you want to build a ton of interest and excitement in the short time you have.

Unfortunately, because they’re so short – usually only 20 to 30 minutes – there’s no time to recover if you stumble. Avoid these top 5 mistakes that will cause hiring managers to give you two thumbs down during your phone interview. Read more ›

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