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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

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Gaming

Gaming

What’s It All About

The gaming industry works to bring an idea or concept for a game right through to the finished product. This involves various stages of creative planning, technical programming, production and testing.   Games development teams are comprised of producers, developers, designers, artists and testers. Protypes are produced and they are exposed to rigorous testing and refining until the games’ publisher is happy with the end-product. Games are long and complex and as a result game production is a very lengthy process – often taking several years to complete.

Gaming in Ireland

The Irish Gaming industry is a thriving sector that is growing rapidly and making waves on the international stage.

Ireland has invested significantly in the gaming industry. With over four decades of experience and growth in this field, Ireland has become a significant contributor to the global gaming industry. Ireland first became involved in gaming in 1978 when Atari, based in Tipperary, produced arcade machines. We have come a long way since then and now Ireland is home to some of the top gaming companies in the world such as Blizzard Activision, Zynga and Sony Computer Entertainment, as well as home grown gaming companies such as DIGIT and Demonware.

Ireland has been heavily involved in the production of ‘middleware’. Middleware is software that connects software components or applications. If you are a gamer you have most likely seen the Havok logo appear when loading certain games. Havok is a middleware Irish company that has worked with some of the world’s best known publishers and development studios including Microsoft Games Studio, Nintendo, EA and Warner Bros. Havok has also been involved in some of the most famous games ever made such as Call of Duty, Halo, Dead Rising and Skylanders. The rise of Havok is just one of the success stories that has emerged from the Irish gaming sector.

Working Environment

The gaming industry enjoys a casual working environment and promotes fun. Many companies encourage employees to socialise together; recreation and club events such as team sports, board game clubs, yoga and social events are organised in effort to bond and strengthen staff relationships. The websites of many gaming companies display employees dressed in jeans and t-shirts lounging on couches playing video games; an attractive environment for any games’ enthusiast.

Despite the casual environment you will still be expected to put in the hours to produce the games. This sometimes means working long hours and working under pressure to meet tight deadlines.

Skills and Knowledge

Designing and developing computer games demands a high level of creativity and artistic vision. Games are built on narratives, so you will need to have storytelling ability to create a world for gamers to inhabit. Understanding the gaming market, how games work and how they appeal to customers will assist you in becoming a games developer or designer. Knowledge of computer games, programming skills and the ability to work as part of a team are all necessary to work in the production of computer games.

Having an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as computer science, software engineering, physics or maths is a solid foundation to build a games development career upon. There are also many degree courses offered by third level institutions across the country that are more specific to the industry, such as computer games design or development.

Gaming is a very competitive industry. Having a passion for computer games is a great starting point but not enough. You will need to show potential in your field to be noticed by employers.

Occupations in Gaming
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Graphic Designer

Designs graphics for use in media and multi-media products like magazines, labels, CD-ROMs, advertising and signage.

IT Project Manager

Manages computer systems within an organisation and handles any problems that arise.

Web Designer / Developer

Works on the design, layout and coding required to build and maintain a website.

Web Editor

Writes and publishes pages for a website, presenting the content in the most suitble way for the website’s target audience.

Multimedia Producer

Involved in all aspects of the production of a multimedia product. Liaises with production team and client to ensure targets and goals are achieved.

Multimedia Writer

Writes text, scripts and stories for computer based multimedia programs.

Network Engineer

Plans, designs, implements and troubleshoots computer networks.

Digital Media Designer

Creates special effects, animation, and visual images for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Games Tester

Runs repeated tests on pre-release video games to ensure there are no glitches or problems with the software or game design.

Games Programmer

Computer games programmers turn the ideas and specifications of games designers into games that people can actually play.

Games Designer

Comes up with ideas for new video games, and makes design choices during their development to improve the player's overall experience.

Animator

Brings animation and cartoons to life on both film and video following a pre-planned storyboard. They use drawing, modelling or computer graphics to make pictures and models come to life in order to entertain and/or inform people.

Project Manager - Software Design

Coordinate software development and design as part of a team. Develop, create, and modify general computer applications, software or specialised utility programs.

Software Engineer

Develops, creates, and modifies general computer applications software or specialised utility programs.

Software Localisation Engineer / Tester

Adapts computer software to suit a particular country, culture or society.

Test Lead - Software

Involved in the planning, monitoring and control of the testing activities and tasks of a team, in the life cycle of a software development project.

Software Production Co-ordinator
Co-ordinates research, designs, develops, and tests operating systems-level software and general computing applications.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist

Works to increase a website's visibility on the internet.

Multimedia Designer
Designs graphics and visual presentations for computer based multimedia applications.
Multimedia Technical Manager

Responsible for the technical co-ordination of all aspects of a multimedia project.

Network Administrator
Designs, installs, maintains and supports computer network systems that allow employees and organisations to communicate with each other, share files and resources and provide services.
Digital Media Content Manager

Keeps a website running smoothly and tracks data about where users are clicking, how long they stay on the site and other relevant data to drive marketing efforts.

Digital Marketing Executive

An executive marketing role with a special focus on online and mobile campaigns.