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Summer 2000 Vol. 44, Number 2

Working so others can play: Jobs in video game development

Game designers, artists, sound designers, programmers, and testers earn their pay working hard at play. These highly skilled workers create fun behind the screens of your favorite video games.

You may find this hard to believe, but playing video games could be the first step to a career. Thousands of workers who develop video games for a living say their passion for playing is what drew them to their jobs. "Iíve always loved games," says Hugh Riley, a game artist. "Making them is a dream come true."

A love of games is an advantage in an industry whose stock and trade is fun and fantasy. But game development jobs also require serious skills. Only highly qualified people find jobs.

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Last Updated: November 6, 2000