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A Career in Game Development

By Bryan Chan - on 27 Dec 2011, 12:00pm

You’ve just installed Final Fantasy XXIV on your computer. You dim the lights, sit down, and put on your gaming headset. You boot the game up and after an hour or so into the game, you realize that everything is automated for you, from item management to battle strategy. All that’s left to do is select the enemy you’d like your character to pulverize. As much as I appreciate to have everything automated for me, I find it thoroughly annoying that the gaming scene is moving in this direction. A game should have content that allow you to make the decisions, instead of it being simplified to the point of being a glorified cinematic experience.

If you feel the same way, then there is no better way to take things into your own hands and start a career in Game Development. How, you ask, is this possible in Malaysia? Well, that’s what I’ll be talking about in my blogpost today.

One of the first steps is to get an education that will equip you with the necessary skills needed in this industry. Currently, some of the more prominent institutes that offer a degree in Game Development include KDU University College (KDU UC), Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), Limkokwing University, The One Academy (TOA) and Multimedia University (MMU). Though the syllabus differs from one learning institute to the next, you’ll find that each institute will equip you with the skills needed to master the various stages of creating a video game from scratch.

Take KDU UC’s newly established Game Development program for instance: Within this course, students can choose to major in Game Art, Game Design or Game Technology. Game Art students will focus more on the creation of game assets, Game Design students will focus more on the design of the levels in a game, while the Game Technology students will focus on the algorithms and programming needed behind the game.

The creation of game assets is fundamental to the game development process

If codes are your thing, there's some C++ to deal with in Game Development

Once you’ve completed your studies, you will be able to join many local companies dealing in game development. According to rough numbers given by PIKOM, there are about 20 to 30 companies in Malaysia currently publishing games. One of the most outstanding companies to work for though, would be Codemasters Malaysia. Upon completing your degree, simply join the Codemasters Accelerator Program (C.A.P.), and you’ll be well on your way to develop games for one of the world’s widely-known game developers.

To put it simply, Game Development may be a new industry here in Malaysia, but it is definitely an industry that is set to grow. In terms of career opportunity, there’s no shortage here, as there are plenty of institutes eager to grow the local industry. The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is one such example.

Keep Gaming Alive!

Till my next blogpost.
 

 

 

Bryan Chan

Bryan Chan / Freelance Writer

A guy who really needs to go on a diet, loves to laugh and gets high on life. He loves gaming and wishes he could drive the way he does in video games. He also loves photography but needs a hell of a lot more practice to be good at it.