I've recently become quite interested and serious in pursuing game design as a career. I'm an intelligent and talented person, and one of my greatest passions is to create, no matter what it is. I've been published as a photographer and as a writer. I'm not overly confident, but I and many others seem to agree my idiosyncratic style is something worth pursuing and spreading.
It is for this reason i've come here, for some help or guidance. Out of all of my passions, gaming has got to be one of my strongest. I love to play them, to pick them apart, to see how they work, how mechanics coincide with the artistic style, or how the narrative carries directions to the player in interesting ways, how the colors collide with the sound to immerse a player in a brand new world. I'm interested in making my worlds, words, characters, songs, and visuals a reality, and I think gaming would be one of the strongest ways I can do that.
I've been a little lost lately, as far as what i'm going to “be when I grow up” and i've decided to take these talents, ideas, and thoughts and focus on developing them into skills to become a game designer. I honestly feel it's where I'd “fit” best. My only problem is i'm clueless about a lot of things, such as the correct education for such a position, locations for work, demand in certain positions. I was curious if anyone would be as kind as to offer me some advice as to how to achieve my goal?
My plan so far is to finish up my associates degree (in liberal arts) and use my elective fulfillments to learn some basic programming like C++, Java, HTML, and Visual Basic, and flash, I've also read Marketing is a good choice to pursue, although there's multiple courses and not sure what type of marketing I should go for.
I've taken a business course, and some creative writing classes to help strengthen my narrative and communicative abilities through text for things like stories, plot development, etc. I already have a Professional Certification in Photography, and a 3.7 GPA, with a vocational certification in Graphic Design. Psycology and Sociology is also an interesting subject to me and knowing how and why people react to things like colors, sounds, and things of that nature is also something I've been interested in.
I'm just confused as how to maximize my marketability for such a position, should I look to be a programmer and work my way up? Should I focus on marketing and business and hope to land right in the position? My ultimate goal/dream position would essentially be drafting stories,figuring out sound effects to use, conceptual designs, narrative, developing and adding interesting and innovative mechanics from the beginning to the end. I'm sure this dream job belongs to many people, but I really am willing to put in the work and do what I need to to be in that position, I just need to know what i need to do to let others know that's what i'm going for.
I appreciate and thank anyone who takes the time to read this and respond with any advice.