From pencil to pixel: studying for a job in the games industry

The games industry is big business these days, and everybody wants in on the action. While back in the first and second generations of gaming you could have been forgiven for thinking games designers were simply programmers looking to get a little creative with their skills, today a single development team will comprise of designers, developers, writers, artists, PR experts, community managers, publishers and legal specialists - meaning that it's easier than ever to find a job creating the next triple-A release.

Of course, if you'd rather launch your own indie company to make games, it's a great time to do so; console and PC gaming are both primed to encourage development of the indie marketplace, so studying for those skills could be just what you need to give you the edge to succeed.

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