Video Game Design and Development Major
Associate Degree Course Sequence
SSC101 Student Success Seminar
CSE121 Mobile Development Architecture
CSE122 Programming Logic and Problem Solving
SGE121 Game Design
WDD121 Internet/Intranet Design and Development
CSE231 Java Programming
CSE233 C++ Programming
ENG124 College Composition
WDD124 Flash Animation and Design
COM121 Effective Speaking or COM122 Interpersonal Communication or COM123 Small Group Communication
Social Science Elective
CSE227 Windows Programming with C
CSE232 Advanced Java Programming
CSE234 Advanced C++ Programming
SGE223 2D Game Design and Development
WDD230 Advanced Flash Animation and Design
Arts & Humanities Elective
SGE221 Advanced Gaming and Simulation Topics
SGE222 3D Game Design and Development
WDD231 Flash Actionscripting
TOTAL CREDITS 63
A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. A developer may specialize in a certain video game system, such as the Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, or the Sony PlayStation 2 or may develop for a variety of systems including PCs.
Developers also specialize in certain types of games, such as RPGs (Role Playing Games) or FPSs (First Person Games). Some focus on porting games from one system to another. Some focus on translating games from one language to another, especially from Japanese to English; an unusual few do other kinds of software development work in addition to games.
Most video game publishing companies, such as Electronic Arts, Activision, and Sony, maintain development studios, but these companies are generally called "publishers" and not "developers", as publishing is the primary activity of these companies, and is the source of most of their income.
Other than the publishers, there are well over 1,000 video game development companies today. Many are tiny 1- or 2-person operations creating Flash games for the Web, or games for cell phones. Others are large companies with multiple locations, such as Foundation 9 Entertainment, which says it has over 300 employees. As a rule, developers are privately held companies; only a very few non-publishing developers have ever been publicly traded companies.