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The Video Game Developer career is a new career in The Sims 3: University Life. It is connected to the new social group Nerds: Sims can choose this career only when they reach level 10 in the Nerd Influence hidden skill. It is split into two branches similar to many other careers in The Sims 3: Engineer and Game Artist.

Work place: Office Building

How to apply: Directly at work place, reaching at level 10 in Nerd Influence hidden skill.

Performance tones:

  • Business as Usual
  • Crunch Time
  • Browse Web at Work
  • Office Party
  • Office Meetings
  • Suck Up To Boss
  • Work Research

Skills: Nerd Influence, Logic, Painting, Writing

Career LevelsEdit

Level Name Description Work Time Compensation Performance Factors Perks
(cumulative)
1 Game Button Tester Everyone has to start somewhere, and there's no better way to get in on the ground floor than as a Game Button Tester!
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
10AM to 4PM
Pay
§26/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§30
Skills
Nerd Influence
Other
Mood, Playing Games


2 Assistant Concept Artist (Sim Name) paid his/her dues and earned a promotion: Assistant Concept Artist! The long hours require energy sustaining drinks, so a discount has been earned at barista bars!
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
1PM to 8PM
Pay
§32/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§{{{pension}}}
Skills
Nerd Influence
Other
Mood, Playing Games
Discount in barista bars


3 Quality Assurance Manager You can only draw so many downloadable coffee tables before snapping. (Sim Name) craves a shot at leadership, and earned a promotion to Quality Assurance Manager.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
7AM to 3PM
Pay
§39/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§80
Skills
Nerd Influence
Other
Mood, Playing Games


Engineer BranchEdit

Level Name Description Work Time Compensation Performance Factors Perks
(cumulative)
4 Code Monkey (Sim Name) has been poring through the programming books, and he/she's finally mastered lf-Then statements. Keep building that Logic skill, Code Monkey, and he'll go far!
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
9AM to 5PM
Pay
§48/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§100
Skills
Nerd Influence, Logic(4)
Other
Mood, Playing Games


5 Game Programmer Now that While loops are a cinch, (Sim Name) is ready to be a Game Programmer! Working from home is now an option on the computer and work has given him/her a laptop.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
8AM to 3PM
Pay
§65/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§110
Skills
Nerd Influence, Logic(5)
Other
Mood, Playing Games
Laptop, work from home


6 Senior Engineer After programming enough core systems in a video game, nobody else really knows how they work. (Sim Name) made him/herself indispensable - congratulations, Senior Engineer!
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
8AM to 2PM
Pay
§101/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§150
Skills
Nerd Influence, Logic(5)
Other
Mood, Playing Games


7 Technical Director Software engineers earn respect the hard way, which earned (Sim Name) a promotion to Technical Director! As a bonus, he/she'll receive discounts when purchasing electronics.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
9AM to 2PM
Pay
§144/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§180
Skills
Nerd Influence, Logic(6)
Other
Mood, Playing Games
Discounts in buy mode electronic category


8 Lead Designer (Sim Name) paid his/her dues, rising through the ranks to Lead Designer. Without a hands-on role, (Sim Name) needs his/her writing and social skills more than ever.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
10AM to 3PM
Pay
§220/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§210
Skills
Nerd Influence, Writing(4)
Other
Mood, Playing Games


9 Executive Producer (Sim Name) is an Executive Producer: a role where he/she can simply tell underlings, "I want it this way." Any problems that arise are THEIR problems.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
11AM to 3PM
Pay
§393/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§300
Skills
Nerd Influence, Writing(5)
Other
Mood, Playing Games


10 Game Studio Head A string of excellent Ubercritic scores have elevated (Sim Name) to a Game Studio Head! Remember to keep in touch with the fans by holding video game conventions at the local theater.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
12PM to 3PM
Pay
§987/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§430
Skills
Nerd Influence, Writing(6)
Other
Mood, Playing Games
Video game conventions in theater


Game Artist BranchEdit

Level Name Description Work Time Compensation Performance Factors Perks
(cumulative)
4 Pixel Pusher Management has its perks, but in Quality Assurance you're not managing people so much as sentient beasts. It's time to pick up a digital pen and paintbrush, Pixel Pusher!
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
9AM to 5PM
Pay
§48/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§100
Skills
Nerd Influence, Painting
Other
Mood, Playing Games


5 Character Modeler Awesome painting skills has lead (Sim Name) to a promotion to Character Modeler! Work has issued (Sim Name) a laptop, and now computers can be used to work from home!
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
10AM to 5PM
Pay
§65/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§110
Skills
Nerd Influence, Painting
Other
Mood, Playing Games
Laptop, work from home


6 Senior Animator "The hands are too big!" "The feet are too small!" All that iteration has finally paid off and (Sim Name) is now a Senior Animator, where he/she'll have more control.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
11AM to 5PM
Pay
§101/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§150
Skills
Nerd Influence, Painting
Other
Mood, Playing Games


7 Art Director A promotion to Art Director means a lot of control and responsibility, so crack that whip! It's important to keep up with technology, so discounts will be applied to electronics when purchased.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
12PM to 5PM
Pay
§144/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§180
Skills
Nerd Influence, Painting
Other
Mood, Playing Games
Discounts in buy mode electronic category


8 Lead Designer (Sim Name) paid his/her dues, rising through the ranks to Lead Designer. Without a hands-on role, (Sim Name) needs his/her writing and social skills more than ever.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
10AM to 3PM
Pay
§220/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§210
Skills
Nerd Influence, Writing
Other
Mood, Playing Games


9 Executive Producer (Sim Name) is an Executive Producer: a role where he/she can simply tell underlings, "I want it this way." Any problems that arise are THEIR problems.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
11AM to 3PM
Pay
§393/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§300
Skills
Nerd Influence, Writing
Other
Mood, Playing Games


10 Game Studio Head A string of excellent Ubercritic scores have elevated (Sim Name) to a Game Studio Head! Remember to keep in touch with the fans by holding video game conventions at the local theater.
Days Off
M T W T F S S
Hours
12PM to 3PM
Pay
§987/hour
Promotional Bonus
Pension
§430
Skills
Nerd Influence, Writing
Other
Mood, Playing Games
Video game conventions in theater


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