Originally Posted by Zileas
Generally, our preference for design is an analytical degree [...] like Chemistry, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and so forth.
If you don't mind, Zileas, could you stipulate your meaning for "analytical"? It seems to me, from the subjects you have specified, that you refer only to degrees that include a strong mathematical element.
Though none of these, success in my area of study requires the ability to analyze a system, formulate a theory about the system, then find within that system the most compelling evidence with which to defend the theory.
I refer, of course, to a degree in the study of English (by choice, not default or elimination).
I have, over the course of my education, studied the terminology for and structure of literature, films, graphic novels, and music. Two seminar courses used literature as a study of American Law. Next fall, I will take a seminar on the Narrative Structure of Video Games.
I chose English for this interdisciplinary nature, to develop a tool that would equip me for any situation: an analytical mind.
If you prefer that Game Design applicants possess advanced mathematical knowledge, well, I must sadly accept that Calculus and I parted ways in high school and that this opportunity is most likely not mine to pursue. If, however, you seek an analytical mind
, then I ask one favour: allow a "non-analytical" degree on a resume to pique your curiosity. Give us the chance to show you that we have something different to offer.
We just might surprise you. ~.^
Thank you for putting into words the concept of counterplay. Your ideas have changed the way I look at games, and helped me to understand why
I enjoy certain multiplayer modes more than others. I would love a chance to discuss with you (at a more appropriate place and time, of course) the perceived successes and failures of counterplay elements in LoL design, or at least to hear you give a talk on the subject.
Edit: I just noticed your mention of creative writing (that's what I get for reading posts in reverse order). Confidence +2.