Algonquin College School of Media and Design

Game Development: Myths


Perhaps based on the general portrayal of game developers in TV and film, a common
misconception about the game development industry exists: game developers play games for a living – or in other words, game development is easy.

In reality, the industry is extremely complex, involving much more time, work, and skills behind the scenes of a video game than people would think. The process of planning, designing, and developing a game can take years and often involves developers far exceeding the standard of 40 hours of work per week (known as “crunch” time) for up to six months. The development of a game is a “constant compromise between good content/features, and time/resources,” says an anonymous developer.1

A strong skill set of design and/or technological skills are required to work in the elaborate and in demand industry of game development.