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Game Designer (Contract) job in Los Angeles, CA | Magnopus

Game Designer (Contract)
MagnopusLos Angeles, CAa month ago
Magnopus is a content-focused technology company founded by a diverse team of Oscar-winning artists, interactive designers, and engineers from games, films, and unusual places. We're passionate about creating rich experiences across the physical and digital worlds in ways people haven't seen yet.

We've been working with partners on a large-scale project that will be a "world's first" and we're building up the team to execute this ambitious vision on a global stage. If (no, when) we're successful, it will serve as a model for the future, and a heck of an experience in the present. Many of the things we're doing have been done before in small, isolated ways. Now we've got a rare opportunity to bring them all together at scale to show the rest of the world what all this new tech is good for, while delivering fun experiences and engaging narratives that make a positive impact. But we need your help to make it truly amazing.

Job Description

So, we heard you balance in your experiences and games. You're the type of designer that will sit and adjust a mechanic until it feels just right. You understand that spreadsheets and number crunching are all part of making a game fun and worth playing.

As it happens, we need some help with balancing some experiences. As well as helping create and refine the underlying mechanics that make an experience fun, especially for players from several platforms and backgrounds. There's a little more to it than that, but we must respect the time-honored tradition in which job descriptions are like Fermat's Last Theorem. We make big, hazy claims and get to the details later. Didn't go so well for Fermat.

What we can say is that we're seeking an experienced Game Designer to help our team create experiences for XR hardware (that's VR, AR, MR, RR, and Non-Rs) on real-time platforms. We are specifically looking at experiences that bridge the physical and digital worlds. We know this is a new thing, so we aren't going to pretend there's anyone out there with ten years of experience in it. But if you're passionate about tackling things that have never been done before, broad enough to bring in experiences from multiple platforms, and sage enough to realize that none of us have all the answers, we would like very much to work with you. We need people who are open-minded, curious, and eager to learn new things in order to create experiences that engage gamers and non-gamers alike. All in a new medium that we'll talk about later...

Responsibilities

  • Emotionally prepared to design and drive the vision and implementation of features and game systems
  • Experience writing game design documents and creating systems that take users from zero to hero
  • Highly experienced at balancing in game economies and progression
  • Collaborate with team members to deliver design specifications for player engagement and retention to team leads, work closely with UX/UI to design wireframes and paper prototypes, and iterate in response to feedback
  • Work within existing systems and expand on them, including integrating feedback from user experience testing
  • Quickly prototype design ideas in-game and rapidly iterate via playtesting
  • Other duties as assigned
Baseline

  • 5+ years of game design experience
  • Proven experience balancing player progression and economics in at least one published game
  • Overall knowledge of game design processes including, but not limited to, level flow, engagement design, story pacing, etc
  • Experience on multiple projects and platforms
  • Those communication skills
Bonus Points

  • Experience working with VR/AR content and understanding what makes them unique
  • Experience with mobile game design (or non-game design)
  • MMO and ARG experience
  • Experience scripting in language such as C#, JS, and Lua
  • Desire to make the world not suck
Though we've delivered a lot of crazy stuff, here are a few you can check out at home:

  • Mission: ISS ( http://missioniss.magnopus.com/ )
  • Disney Pixar Coco VR ( http://coco.magnopus.com/ )
  • Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab ( http://bladerunner2049.magnopus.com/ )
  • The Lion King - Virtual Production ( http://thelionking.magnopus.com/ )
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