My Day Job Making Computer Games

Some of you might have been wondering what I do for a day job. Am I Superhero? A ninja? A pirate? A spy? A super hero ninja pirate spy? Well I can finally reveal what I have been doing to pay the rent for the last few months because my latest project has been announced:

I’m a designer on the Killzone computer game franchise. That’s right, I get to play computer games and call it research. My day job involves making computer games.

23 responses to “My Day Job Making Computer Games”

  1. Amanda says:

    You have a very cool job. :) And that jet pack is completely awesome.

  2. Anneke says:

    Cool! I already knew that you were a game developer (you slipped up somewhere last year. :) ) But this is really cool! I’m not a game freak myself (apart from the Sims) but loads of friends do play shooters, so I’ve sat and watched loads of baddies being killed, while having a drink. :)

  3. Anneke says:

    Oh, me having the drink, not the baddies. :)

  4. Lopa says:

    wow, wish i can play games and call it a research ;)
    Is there a game for petrochemical sector, playing which can be convinced as R & D? ;) hehe

  5. kiks says:

    Lies!!!! Foul lies!!! You’re a Motivational Self-Help Pimp, and you know it.

  6. Sarah says:

    Looks seriously cool. My sons want to know how to get a job like that!

  7. A Touch of Dutch blog says:

    You’ve got one of the best jobs on the planet!

  8. Dykam says:

    Aww, you should’ve added a proof of.. euhm… right to show that vid. It has been deleted :(

  9. Invader Stu says:

    Amanda – Thank you

    Anneke – It would have made for an interesting game if it was the bad guys having a drink :)

    Lopa – Maybe in a Sim’s extension pack :p

    kiks – Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone.

    Sarah – It depends what area of it he wants to get into. There are lots of different areas; code, animation, modelling, design, art and lots of others. Once you know what area you are interested in there are a lot of courses out there that are a good starting pointing. Then it is a case of getting out there and getting experience. I did a course in design myself. If he knows what area of computer game development he is most interested in I could give you a more detailed answer.

    A Touch of Dutch blog – Not as good as a super hero ninja pirate spy though :p

    Dykam – Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I’ve linked to a working one now.

  10. Anita says:

    Super cool man ! But I have to confess something: when I first started reading your blog I had this feeling, this intuition that “Stu” was a character and the blog was made by two or three guys. Up to one day during a dinner party at Andy’s Amanda Perino told me she actually knew you and that you were indeed a person – not a cartoon. Feminine intuition… humpf !

  11. kerryanne says:

    That is awesome! I can’t tell my husband because he will be supremely jealous…

  12. Heather says:

    Wow! “Bring Your Child to Work” day sure will be interesting when/if you have kids. :]

  13. Meta says:

    Now I know what my sister’s boyfriend is going to be doing this summer :) He has a tattoo of the Killzone II on his chest!

    So what do you do, designing game play or backgrounds and stuff?

  14. Wezz6400 says:

    I knew already you work for Guerrilla (read it somewhere I think), and everyone and his mother expected you guys to be working on the next Killzone, so that wasn’t much of a surprise. ;-)

    I am however interested in what it is you’re doing. Designer is a very generic term, gamedesign, graphicsdesign, character design, I’m sure I’m forgetting some. So I guess my question is if you could elaborate a bit more on what kind of design you do, or am I asking a bit too much here?

  15. Dave Hampton says:

    Way cool: do you do graphics, storyline, animations…it seems like these would be hugely diffficult to assemble. I hope it’s a big success (and that you get a cut!)

  16. Invader Stu says:

    Anita – You just made my day with that comment. Hehehe. Amanda can confirm that all my stories are true.

    Heather – Very true.

    Meta, Wezz6400, Dave Hampton – A lot of my job involves level design. I get design the layout of the level, the story behind them and the event that happen with in them. My whole focus is on gameplay and making it fun. Then I work with an artist to make the level look pretty. I’m not just limited to level either. I design a gameplay mechanics and features as well, what you can do as a play and things like that. Then I have to organise everything and make sure the level comes together as it should.

  17. VallyP says:

    And they pay you?? What is the world coming to…;-)

  18. Just a Plane Ride Away says:

    I think you have my newphew’s dream job. Man!

  19. Invader Stu says:

    I think I have every guys dream job

  20. Debster says:

    Does it have kittens? All video games should have kittens.

  21. Invader Stu says:

    I agree with you but sadly this one does not despite my protests

  22. Avalon Greene says:

    A bit late but still have to say it …

    – You are my hero! –

    The best job in the world and also designing a game I love to play! You made my day!

  23. ahulme says:

    You company is in the in flight magazine of KLM this month. Looks a cool place to work.

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