Video Game Design and Development Major

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.

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
C# Programming
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
MTH135
Precalculus – A student may take MTH125 (College Algebra) and MTH130 (Trigonometry) over two semesters to satisfy this requirement.
WDD231
Flash Actionscripting
 
TOTAL CREDITS 63