Please tell us about your prior experience, and what brought you to PlatinumGames.
I worked at a game studio in South Korea, creating online games, for about two years. The thing I value most in a workplace is the ability to make unique games that no other company could make. PlatinumGames is known for gameplay bursting with originality, and that originality appealed to me very strongly.
Since coming to work for Platinum, I’ve been put in charge of many unique projects that’ve been as much fun to work on as they are to play.
Another reason I applied to PlatinumGames was the size of their international staff. With so many people from many different countries working together, PlatinumGames is a workplace with a truly global flavor.
Please tell us about what you do at PlatinumGames.
As a game designer, PlatinumGames lets me focus totally on creating plans for games. At my previous company, I’d often have to pitch in with other sections, or be distracted by work that had nothing to do with game design. At Platinum, game designers don’t have to cover so many of those unrelated tasks. Instead, we can focus on design, getting a chance to work on game systems, contents and level designs without borders. Thanks to this environment, I can get a comprehensive look at the state of the game and design efficiently and effectively.
What’s the most fulfilling part of your job?
It’s a small pleasure, but seeing my ideas implemented in a game is great!
To think a little bigger, going back to those implemented ideas and solving issues with them is even better – the relief when, after designing and implementing and meetings and troubleshooting, what I’ve created finally comes together!
What’s the hardest part of being a game designer?
This is probably the same for any job here, but the hardest part is definitely the feeling that you’ll never learn all there is to know about the job. You’ll always be learning, always be studying, forever.
Part of that study is keeping up on how to use each tool available in game creation. Another part is playing new games and seeing how they’re designed. A game designer even needs to be familiar with tools they don’t use for their own work, to keep communication with other teams smooth.
When I was in graduate school, one of my professors told me, “the sheer number of books you’ve read will help you write your thesis.” Similarly, as you design games, the sheer number of games you’ve played becomes a strength. Often times, gamers are even more knowledgeable about games than developers! Designers have to stay on the cutting edge of new systems and styles of gameplay to please them. Keeping the game fun for players is a game designer’s top responsibility, so daily study is crucial.
What appeals to you about PlatinumGames?
PlatinumGames’ greatest charm is the passion that its employees show for making games. When I talk about development with the other members of my team, it’s clear that everyone is here because of this passion for games. Their drive is plain to see as they make suggestions I’d never have thought of, and work together to create the final product. This passion doesn’t just make work go smoothly as we put our games together – it also makes the interaction between team members itself a pleasure.
Can you share a unique experience you’ve had while working in Japan?
What’s had the biggest impact on me is the fact that many of my senior colleagues worked on the games I’d played back when I was a student – and now here I am, working alongside them! I enjoy speaking with these industry veterans, not only about work, but also about the games they made that meant so much to me when I was younger.
What would you tell someone who’s considering applying to PlatinumGames?
As I mentioned before, Platinum’s greatest strength is the sincere love for video games that motivates the entire staff. A lot goes into making something together with a team, but it’s this passion that matters most, in my opinion. If you start with a love for games, the drive to make sure that what you’re contributing to the game is the best work you can do comes naturally.
No matter what country we come from from, this passion for games unifies us. If you share it, we’d love to have you join us.