If you own a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, chances are you’ve played at least one video game. From Mobile Legends multiplayer mobile game, to Call of Duty first person shooter, to DOTA 2 multiplayer strategy game, to 3D imagination platformer Roblox, to paid games of popular shopping apps, gambling has become one of the most ubiquitous forms of entertainment and, for some, a means of socialization.
The game is so immersive and exhilarating that some people play for hours, while serious gamers play esports or stream games online. However, there is another way for gamers to reach the top of a gamer and that is by creating their own game or developing a game.
Game development or GameDev is the art of creating video games, from conceptualization, design, programming, production to the release of a video game. GameDev allows game enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the creative and technical process of gameplay and see their ideas come to life. Apart from the accomplishment of creating a game from scratch, a career in game development can also be one of the financially rewarding and secure professions.
“Although video games have been around for decades, their popularity has recently increased. The growing demographics of today’s market make game production relevant. In the future, as more people play games, it will create demand for more engaging games and greater access to them,” said Cristina Pascua, Bachelor of Science Program Manager of Entertainment and Multimedia Computing from the School of Information Technology of the University of Mapúa (SOIT). .
Pascua pointed out that the video game industry is bigger than the film and music industries combined. Movies are often translated into video games at the same time popular games are adapted into movies. Tech giants like Meta, Google, and Apple are also getting into the game.
Even the local game development industry is expected to grow despite the pandemic. Previous community restrictions caused 43 million Filipino gamers to spend $572 million on games in 2020 according to gaming market analyst Newszoo. This spending has catapulted the Philippines to the 25th largest gaming revenue market in the world and a key driver of the overall Southeast Asian gaming market.
So what does it take to be a part of this booming industry? Along with a passion for gaming, budding game developers need technical and soft skills such as programming, design, time management, problem solving, creativity, and storytelling, all of which are taught in the part of the Degree Program in Entertainment Sciences and Multimedia Computing at the University of Mapúa.
Mapúa’s three-year Entertainment and Multimedia Computing program enables students to master technical and creative skills such as freehand and digital drawing, 2D and 3D rendering, screenwriting, storyboarding, audio design and sound engineering. They will also become proficient in game programming, applied game physics, game mathematics, artificial intelligence, game networking, game design and production. Students will also conduct a capstone project and an internship.
Program graduates have a myriad of exciting potential career paths. These range from game designer, game quality assurance tester, game programmer, game artist, game audio engineer, to game producers. Outside of the gaming industry, they can work as graphic designers and gaming magazine employees.
Ivan Gavino, a graduate of Mapúa Entertainment and Multimedia Computing batch 2022 working as a junior game developer for Kooapps PH, finds his work rewarding.
“Game development is very exciting because the only limit to what you can do is your own creativity. By following the game development program, you are equipped with all the skills necessary to turn your imagination into a real playable game. It is very rewarding to watch your own work slowly turn into a fully developed project and to see the joy your games bring to others,” said Gavino.
Gavino also explained that Mapúa’s entertainment and multimedia computer program gave him a solid foundation which helped him especially at the start of his career.
Supported this was Daniel Kyle N. Tala, a 2021 graduate who now works as a junior developer for Definite Studios.
“There will be times when you will be stuck on certain game logics for days, have problems with assets and even change the whole idea of the game. Despite all this, after completing the game, you will be proud of yourself and you’ll feel fulfilled, seeing assets move, having the right music for your game, and seeing your code working flawlessly,” Tala said.
He mentioned that the program’s focus on different programming languages made him a versatile programmer, so it was easier for him to mix and match code to solve problems.
Through Mapúa’s entertainment and multimedia computing program, young Filipino gamers have a better chance of improving their game, establishing lasting careers, and having fun playing and earning mana points while winning. their life.
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