Ok, level with me here people, why on this planet is GAME DESIGNER viewed as a job or career? Even to make average joe game, it is a collection of jobs, not just one singular job, so why? No one person makes a game, and you can argue "there are plenty of people who makes solo flash games, so what are you talking about?" While this is true, let me remind you chances are those are personal projects and learning experience projects, and not always something done to make money. Even with this said, more then like the average person would not put 99.9% of those games in the same games as "Tripe A titles" such as God of War (I don't like this game), Halo, or final fantasy. I leave 0.01% open because I know for a fact that I have not played every single flash game, and by one miracle someone may have made that one flash game so unbelievable amazing that the illuminati has locked it away for the world to never know. Back to my point, this leads me to the schools with the whole game design program... Let me start by saying, my university had this program, which I was in at the time, lucky after our new instructor who has/is still working for Disney and pixar came i and lit a fire under the school The game design thing is being abolished, and is rising from the ashes as entertainment art & design (with game art just being a side track).
Colleges/universities that make who courses dedicated to game design is really hurting artist, because they are limiting what they are capable of doing, plus lying what it takes to make a game. My school was the only one in the region that had a programing track in the game design program, and then they abolished it. Artists, don't and can't make a game, you can give us all the engines you want, and all you will get back is what can be done in that engine. It is Programmers that makes the game, artist work along and within the world visually. So without programming how are we going to make a game?
There was much more, but you get the point of what I'm saying.