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Game-o-lution: Play & Earn

Gaming is whole lot of fun, and the people who make it  
possible are the so-called pixel architects. If you are up to the
challenge, you too can create a very promising career as a
gaming professional.  From 8-bit game consoles
to high defi  nition gaming on
PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox
360 complete with motion controls
today, games have sure come a long
way. Gaming continues to fi  nd new
avenues for expansion through 3G
connectivity and platforms like iOS  and Android. A white paper by Deloitte  estimates that the Indian gaming  market will grow at a rate of 53% to  $1.3 billion by 2013. We spoke with  Joshi Mark Premnath, Art Director  (Academic Research & Development)  at the Asian Institute of Gaming and  Animation, Bangalore, to gain an  insight into what it takes to establish  a career in gaming development.

 Q)What are the dif  erent  platforms for game  development? Which is the most  popular in India?

The gaming industry can be divided  into the following key segments,  and India develops games for all the  three segments: Online games (MMORPG and Casual  
Games) Mobile games   PC and console games (home and    handheld) Mobile and PC games are more popular  in India. The large penetration of mobiles  and personal computers has helped this  form of entertainment reach the masses.  Additionally, the Internet has played an important role in popularizing gaming.  Today, mobile phones such as the iPhone  are seen to have powerful capabilities  as handheld gaming devices. Many  developers develop casual games for  devices with touch screen capabilities.   Powerful consoles are changing the way  we play games, with innovative ways to  play. Urban Indian audiences are exposed  to consoles such as Playstation 3,  Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.

Q)When taking up gaming as a career, what are the profiles  that students can look at for  specialization? 

At the start, students may be taken in by beautiful graphics they see  while playing games. Not many may be  particularly looking for specialization at  this stage. When taking up gaming as a  career, its best to keep one’s mind open  while being exposed to dif  erent aspects of game development and spend time  developing a deeper understanding of  the subject in totality before choosing  areas to specialize in. To begin with, a  student needs to identify whether his  interest is more towards art,  programming, design or any other  specifi  c area. Next, he would look to specialize  further within each of these streams.  This sense of realization on areas to  specialize sets in after working on  difFerent aspects and usually happens  mid way through a well planned game development course. To clarify,  specialization does not refer to  specialization in digital content creation  tools, but refers to focused learning  towards achieving higher levels of  understanding and skill in the selected  area within the game creation pipeline.

What is the educational  background required before  joining a gaming course?

Besides a passion for gaming, game  courses prefer students from  creative backgrounds with exposure to creative subjects and fi  ne arts. Graduates  are preferred, but even students with  genuine interest and creative skill do well  in gaming courses after completing junior College (12th). Primarily, game studios  look for great portfolios and good  understanding of game development.  Passion and capacity to deliver on time  and as per set standards is paramount.  Educational background may also be a factor, but not critical for any game  studio. Programming courses, on the  other hand, would need candidates with  good aptitude, fl  air for logic, and creative  thinking. The nature and intensity of the  program might need engineers or  graduates in a relevant stream.



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