Wednesday, July 14, 2010

JOB ALERT: Senior Game Designer – Idol Minds

Position Title:
Senior Game Designer

Location:         Englewood , CO

Project:  Unannounced PS3, XBox 360 title
Job Duties(s): Game Play / Balancing / Tuning, Level Layout Design Software Utilized: 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, MAYA
Platform(s): PS3, XBOX 360
Relocation: Yes
Start Date: Immediately

Idol Minds is seeking an experienced game designer to conceptualize, document, implement, balance and fine tune the play experience for an undisclosed PS3 and XBox 360 title. This position will collaborate with the lead designer, level artists, the gameplay programmers and other team members, so strong communication and teamwork skills are highly valued.

• Create and document basic and advanced game systems
• Create level layouts that demonstrate the elements of fun gameplay while adhering to the game’s vision
• Create, implement and balance all aspects of gameplay levels, encounters and experiences
• Contribute substantially and decisively to the evolution of the game design from initial documentation through testing
• Aggressively prototype and iterate core game mechanics

Idol Minds is an independent game developer for the PS3, XBox 360 and other consoles. We are ideally located in Colorado between Denver and Boulder next to the Rocky Mountains. Our company offers a relaxed and fun work environment, competitive salary, royalties, moving expenses, an amazing health and dental plan, and a generous 401k plan. Our location offers close proximity to countless outdoor and metropolitan activities.

The people we're looking for are organized, detail oriented, self motivated and enjoy working in a relaxed team atmosphere. If you are a talented and highly skilled individual with a passion for playing and creating exciting games, we would like you to work with us.

Required Skills:
• An understanding of major elements of game design including, system design, level design, character interaction, character mechanics, AI, story, interface, balance and difficulty
• Excellent creativity and demonstrated ability to generate innovative concepts, mechanics and ideas
• Good creative and technical writing ability
• Good verbal communication skills
• Capable of taking direction but also providing critique
• Demonstrable success in creating compelling and fun gameplay, scenarios and encounters
• Related technical skills, such as some background in use of game editors, scripting and 3D tools (Maya or Max)
Required Experience:
• Experience in a level design capacity on at least 2 shipped projects
• 4+ years of game design experience

• Passionate about games and game development
• Next-generation development experience
• Online design experience (for consoles)
• Experience building 3D levels
• Understanding of Maya
• College degree