When I tell people that I’m getting a master’s degree in Game Design, I get one of two reactions, without fail. The first is the most pleasing: their eyes open up and they exclaim how the world is a much happier place now that students can receive degrees in games.
“You’re in school, now?”
“Yeah, I’m getting my Master’s in Game Design.”
“Oh, wow! That’s really cool. I play games all the time on my [insert mobile device of choice].”
If this person is a parent, the next question usually involves their children and how I would advise them to play videogames.
The other reaction I get is confusion.
“So, what are in school for?”
“I’m getting a Master’s in Game Design.”
“Wait, so you’re getting a degree in videogames?”
“Well, not really. It’s everything: history, design, programming, art, digital and traditional…”
“Oh, so you’re learning how to code? That’s a booming industry right now, that’s really good.”