Career of the Month: An Interview with Video Game Level Designer John Feilby: Megan Sullivan

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Who would have thought that time spent playing video games could lead to a lucrative career? This was a dream-come-true for John Feil, a Video Game Level Designer at LucasArts--the company that makes Star Wars games. In this month's column, Feil describes this fascinating career, and confesses that it "isn't all fun and games." Students may be surprised to learn that a knowledge of subjects ranging from geology and physics to biology and sociology is needed in order to create the realistic environments depicted in video games.

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  • on Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:48 PM

I love the career of the month articles and use them frequently with my students. Many of them dream of making it big as a video game designer. This article shows that learning science is important to realistic video game play. Since the article is several years old, it is important to supplement with some more recent information.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:23 AM

There is more to your eye then just a game when you play a video game. Behind the scenes developers have to understand sound effects, computer programming and apply real life knowledge of an environment to make the game as realistic as possible. In other words, scientists are needed to understand the areas of biology, astronomy, geology and more. Although not a requirement for a job as a video game developer yet, knowledge of these fields are essential.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:05 PM

This was a very informative article about someone with a career in video game design. I thought the points that were made were very valid about the need to understand a number of different types of knowledge (and the need to love gaming!). I would love to see this article updated because it says a number of colleges were starting to offer degrees in gaming and because that is indeed true today, does it affect what you need to know or take in college to achieve these types of jobs? I feel, from talking to people majoring in this field, the answer may be "yes". I also think this is an area that many students may be interested in pursuing to current information would be very helpful. That is the ONLY reason I didn't give it a 5, was I was not sure the information was up-to-date.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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