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So, I've been searching for Game Design / Level Design / QA jobs in the gaming industry for the past year. I earned my English degree six months ago and have been dreaming of getting a design job in the industry ever since I left the computer science program at the college I attended.

I'm quickly noticing that for Game Design positions at any of the hundreds of game publishers, they require at least 2 years of game design experience with at least one AAA title. The latter part isn't required with every company, but I was thinking that one way that I could work on the game design experience is...well, designing a game.

I know that back in High School (~seven years ago), I played around with an RPG maker where you essentially just built a game (however large you wanted) in a GUI editor. I wandered around on google for an hour or two specifically on that subject last night (or this morning, rather) and I couldn't find anything that had been updated anywhere recently. Most of them couldn't even run on a 64bit OS.

Any ideas on where I can find something as described above? (Or any other ideas in general?) Any help would be greatly appreciated. (1)

Best,
Elyaas

(1) I also know there are several games I could mod in, if necessary. Some games that just came to mind is WC3, SC2, NWN2, etc. (several others exist, but the only other one that I can think of is Halflife).
    
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Perhaps you should start with a 3d animation software and perhaps make a small scenario well detailed. it doesn't have to be outstanding but it should reflect what you know and that you have a passion for designing things.
Even if it isn't very detailed the idea should be something that makes an impression on them, they want to see creativity and a mind thats willing to learn and change. Something thats new, or something that draws inspiration from a movie or a book. The only way to appeal to them is to show them how vast your knowledge bank is and that you are well read and informed. Without a considerable background in a history of films/art/music/games, you stand to offer very little.

I hope this helps you in some way.
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Perhaps you should start with a 3d animation software and perhaps make a small scenario well detailed. it doesn't have to be outstanding but it should reflect what you know and that you have a passion for designing things.
Even if it isn't very detailed the idea should be something that makes an impression on them, they want to see creativity and a mind thats willing to learn and change. Something thats new, or something that draws inspiration from a movie or a book. The only way to appeal to them is to show them how vast your knowledge bank is and that you are well read and informed. Without a considerable background in a history of films/art/music/games, you stand to offer very little.

I hope this helps you in some way.
It does! I have a very in-depth background in Fiction. I have written well over 200 pages from the same series as well as at least 400 of either Fantasy or Magical Realism genre related work. I'm starting to realize that I'm going to need to work on the actual visual aspect, though. In college, I was known for thorough use of imagery in my fiction. Regrettably, I'm not known so much for my visual art, which is about as good as stick figures attached to the smilies that are usable from this website.

Time to get to work. --/---<
    
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Bump! Decided to wait a little longer than the 24 hour limit.
    
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Let us know how it goes!
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Download Unreal Development Kit, make a short scenario using models you designed in 3dmax or software of your choosing. Like a short game trailer.

You can then use it on your portfolio
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