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Hire Video Game Designers and Developers

While the terms video game designer and video game developers are used synonymously, there is quite a difference between them. A video game designer is a professional who takes the creative lead in imagining and bringing to life video games. A video game developer, on the other hand, is a professional who writes codes for games for a variety of platforms.

What Do Video Game Designers and Developers Do?

A video game designer uses his creativity to design games, to be played across platforms and devices. Game designers use their imagination skills to plan each and every aspect of the game, including settings, rules, story flows, characters and even modes of play. They bring to life an idea and develop a story, plays, dialogues and environments around that idea to engage the players.

A video game developer is essentially a programmer and focuses more on the technical aspects of making the game. Most of the video game designers and developers work on a project basis and some of them also offer online freelance services. So whether you are looking at hiring a freelance video game designer or a freelance video game developer, you can find both on Guru – one of the best websites to hire freelancers.

If you are looking to hire video game designers and developers, make sure your freelancer can:

  • Write design documents, create level layouts and storyboards.

  • Run design review meetings for features and systems.

  • Create innovative game designs and oversee their completion.

  • Create mathematical models to reflect the game’s design.

  • Contribute to design brainstorms and ideation.

  • Interpret data from game analysts in order to guide the iteration of features.

  • Perform code reviews to ensure code quality.

  • Create storylines and character biographies.

  • Conduct design reviews and tweak and optimize the player experience.

Qualifications of Video Game Designers and Developers

It is ideal for your freelancer to have the following skills:

  • Professional education in Computer Science or Game Design or related fields

  • Understanding of game balancing, pacing and player motivations

  • Ability to unify analytics and player feedback into great, iterative design solutions

  • Basic knowledge of XML

  • Basic knowledge of DirectX

  • Basic knowledge of SQL databases and queries

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving/diagnostic skills

When looking for videogame designers for hire, make sure they have a thorough understanding of the multiple aspects of game design, like the concept, progression of the game, game interfaces, monetization and retention. Whereas when looking at videogame developers for hire, make sure they can design, develop and deliver systems and high-quality code using programming languages, such as C++ and C#.

Benefits of Freelance Video Game Designers and Developers

Freelance game designers and game developers typically take on only a couple of projects at a time and are thus able to dedicate their time and efforts wholly to a client. They may also undertake game development and can thus package their offerings.

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