1.2. What Is A Game Designer?

Describing to someone what it means to be a game designer can be difficult. Part of the reason for this is that they do so many things. Here are some analogies that explain aspects of being a game designer:

If game design is all these things, where would it fit in a college curriculum? It could be justified in the school of education, or art, or architecture, or theology, or recreation management, or law, or engineering, or applied sciences, or half a dozen other things. Various programs dedicated to game design have started to appear, but anyone who hopes to be a designer needs to have an understanding of many fields.

This Extra Credits video sums it up nicely:

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Game Design Concepts by Ian Schreiber (CC BY-NC 3.0)