Intelligent game developers build, program and utilise systems and games in virtual reality, augmented reality and simulations. These platforms might analyse data, make intelligent decisions or interact with others in human-like ways.
Gamification is a trend that's sweeping many industries. The design and technology behind games made for entertainment can also be applied to areas like training and data analytics. Intelligent games are also known as serious games and simulations.
Intelligent game developers are responsible for creating concepts, writing scripts, designing and programming custom games. These include virtual reality, augmented reality and console-based platforms.
Simulation environments already play a big role in training pilots in the aviation industry. In the space industry, simulations will help space operators practice missions before deployment in the real world.
These simulations need to mimic the real world more accurately than in games produced for entertainment. They need to be as close as possible to reality in order to properly train space crew and operators for action. An understanding of backend data collection and analytics is also important in order to make improvements to the platforms.
The following TAFE courses are relevant to becoming an intelligent game developer:
- Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games (ICT40915)
- Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015), focusing on game design, animation and visual effects
Degrees in the following study areas may also be relevant to becoming a software developer or engineer:
- 3D Design and Animation
- Game Design, Programming and Development
- Interactive Design or Technology
- Digital Media
- Creative Industries
- Software Engineering (majoring in game development)
- Computer Science (majoring in game development)
- Information Technology (majoring in game development)
Many universities in Australia offer degrees in game development. Visit individual university websites for more information.
The following universities offer undergraduate study options related to the space industry. They may be relevant to becoming an intelligent game developer with an interest in space:
- Swinburne University's Space Technology minor, which is available to undergraduate students in any degree
At the postgraduate level, the following courses may provide space industry skills relevant to a career as an intelligent game developer:
- The International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program. This program forms the first part of the University of South Australia’s Graduate Certificate of Space Studies.
Postgraduate qualifications by coursework or research in relevant areas of interactive technology and digital media may also be relevant. Visit individual university websites for more information.