Super Mario Bro’s – A Game Design Masterclass
05 May 22
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Are you a keen gamer? Wouldn’t it be great to build a career combining work with your beloved hobby; people’s working dream is to secure a job in an industry that they love. It means that work doesn’t feel like a chore, like something that you must do to get by financially. According to UK job satisfaction statistics, only 17% of British workers claim to love their job and the most common reasons for employee dissatisfaction are ‘feeling undervalued’ and a ‘lack of respect from management’. From a gaming perspective, there is huge potential for great job satisfaction due to reports from a 2021 survey that said that 88% of respondents aged between 16 and 24 played video games.
Additionally, from esports and virtual reality to your favourite Roadblock games, the industry is huge. Therefore, to keep up with the growing demand, employers have needed to recruit top talent; particularly due to the high demand for new games and technology with over 2.5 billion video gamers across the globe. Essentially, this is because, for a game to go viral, it needs to have been created well and have a high satisfaction rate. For example, ever heard of the famous Super Mario Bros? According to the YouGov America survey, out of the 88% of respondents who had heard of it, 62% of people reported liking it. Sound good? Want to be a part of designing or programming the next top-selling game? Gaming degree courses at the University of Bolton could be perfect for you.
The Six Stages of Video Game Development
You might be wondering what the stages are of creating a video game. It’s more than just having a great idea, there are several game design and programming elements that you need to master to end up with a fully-fledged game. Have a look at the stages below:
- High Concept – Creating a brief description highlighting your game concept
- Pitch – Where you pitch your idea to get buy-in
- Concept – Where you outline and describe all the aspects of the game. E.g., story, demographics, risk analysis, etc
- Game Design Document – This includes aspects tied to actual gameplay
- Prototype – Building the development of the game
- Production – Design, level creation, and programming
At Bolton, we can help you turn your passion into a career with our gaming degree courses. Specifically, our BSc (Hons) Games Design course can give you access to our experienced lecturers who are ready to support and guide you on your mission to develop the technical knowledge and creative skills that are demanded by the industry. Additionally, our gaming degree courses are proven to help you excel in a successful career as our graduates have a proven record of success in their game's designer graduate jobs.
Top-Selling Video Games by Revenue
Whether you’re a fan of sports, platforms, shooter, fighting, survival, or any other games, you might be wondering what the best-selling video games are in the UK:
- FIFA (50 titles- EA)
- Call of Duty (32 titles – Activision)
- Mario – 109 titles – Nintendo)
- Grand Theft Auto (GTA) – 21 titles – Rockstar)
- Lego – 77 titles – (WB Games)
Gaming Degree Courses at Bolton
If you want to combine the creative and technical aspects of designing and building great games, then Bolton could be a great career choice. As a game's student, you will study in our multi-million-pound Centre for Games Development which opened in 2017. Within this state-of-the-art facility, you will have access to seven bespoke development studios, that include a 30-seat Cintiq studio and an open-access virtual reality suite. Our excellent facilities and experienced games tutors, as well as our excellent connections with the UK games industry, are strong contributing factors to how our past graduates have been able to leave the Bolton family and join great studios like Rockstar Games, Codemasters, Travellers’ Tales, and Cloud Imperium Games.
Our gaming degree courses give you the skills you need to create entertaining games by creating art assets, developing gameplay, and levels or programme systems. Within the Centre for Games Development, we offer gaming degree courses from the following three disciplines:
- Games Art
- Games Design
- Games Programming
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