Hi. I hope you enjoyed the one about schooling and game development. Today, I jotted down some thoughts about being a designer. By no means comprehensive, but just some things to think about.
So you want to be a designer. The best way to become a designer is to be a programmer or artist first. We’ve even hired designers who were in QA, too. It’s a potluck. You can’t get in unless you bring something to the table. Once you get into the party, you can work your way over. Designers can be broken up into a few different categories – and keep in mind, these roles are split/combined in different ways and called different things depending on where you work in the industry.
This is a VERY general outline and I’m sure there are people out there who can define these much better than I have, but here is my take.
We have a special Inside the Vault today, featuring our community manager, Matt Grandstaff. We thought it would be fun to do a special Q&A with Matt since he is our main point of contact with our fan community. Todd Howard contributed a few of the questions.
One of our artists, Dane Olds, informed me that he and some other folks at the office (see the team photo above) played a couple of friendly matches of Team Fortress II against the developers over a Breakaway, ltd. I asked Dane to write up a little post-game wrap report. Here’s what Dane had to say:
Some of you may know that several of us here at Bethesda have been spending quite a bit of time with the Orange Box.I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that a good portion of that time has been spent with Team Fortress 2.So when we received a challenge from BreakAway, ltd. (located nearby in Hunt Valley) we were more than happy to step into the ring.
This week we’re chatting with David Molinero, better known in the Morrowind modding community as Connary. For a living, Molinero works as a freelance digital illustrator; work that includes doing scenery layouts for books and television spots. In the last year, he also spent time participating in some amateur videogame development. When he’s not working, he likes to “get lost, preferably in a fantasy world.”
This past week Connary took the time to answer some questions about his contributions to the Morrowind modding community. Here’s what he had to say:
Looking through our BGS forums today, I came across a fantastic Oblivion fan trailer from Azumoth. It’s just over a minute long, but it does a great job showing some cool parts of the game, including work done by the modding community. You can also view a high-res version here or jump into the forums to discuss it.
A reminder, if you have videos you’d like to share on the blog, send them over to us for us to admire.
Fighter’s Stronghold was the Oblivion DLC highlight for October. Hope you were one of the several hundred thousand folks who grabbed it while it was free. My personal favorite download, The Wizard’s Tower, replaced Knights of the Nine in the top 5.
Top Five Oblivion Xbox Live downloads for Oct. 2007*
1. Fighter’s Stronghold
2. Spell Tomes
3. Vile Lair
4. The Wizard’s Tower
5. Mehrunes’ Razor
Guitar Hero is back, and it looks like quite a few people are ready to rock some more. I myself picked up the game this week on 360 with the new Les Paul guitar controller. It’s so choice…if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. As for the guy above, I have no idea who he is, but he’s on the blog now.
Here’s what the rest of the guys are playing. We’ll start with our departing design intern, William Killeen…the Company of Heroes crew will miss you!
William Killeen, Design Intern: Team Fortress 2, Company of Heroes, and… um… Boggle… with… lasers…
Here’s another update on some mods you might want to give a try for Oblivion.
If you’re looking for mods that affect how your character levels up, Stormcaller has put some stuff up on Planet Elder Scrolls worth looking into. First, the Attribute Booster mod allows you to have more chances to get a +5 modifier in the categories you’re interested in bolstering. On the other hand, if you’re concerned your character is progressing too quickly, her Level Pacer mod might be more your style, as this will slow down the rate to which your character levels up.