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Senior Level Designer opening at Blue Tongue



Blue Tongue Entertainment was founded in October 1995, and became a part of THQ in 2004. We now have more than 90 staff, and have shipped games in a wide range of genres. Popular titles from Blue Tongue include Starship Troopers Terran Ascendancy, Jurassic Park Operation Genesis, the Nicktoons series of games, and our acclaimed Nintendo Wii-exclusive de Blob.

We are currently looking for a Senior Level Designer, to work as part of on the talented team that released de Blob last year. The Senior Level Designer will be responsible for designing, object placement and scripting of the world in a game. This position will be working on a fantastic new title; this is a great opportunity for someone with relevant experience that’s looking for an interesting and original project to be part of. This position will report directly to the Lead Designer.

Your daily challenges:-

· Create fun and exciting levels, delivered to a high degree of detail and polish, based on an established game mechanic.
· Balancing and adjusting game-play experiences, puzzles and mechanics.
· Contribute creatively and technically to the team.
· Acts as a leader, mentor and role model to more junior member of the team

What you need to have:-

· Significant game industry experience including one published title and subsequent production experience from concept to delivery
· Excellent communication skills required, creative writing and visualization skills a distinct advantage.
· Flexible and creative thinker with a proven ability to deliver high quality, fun and engaging game play in a 3D space.
· Knowledge of architecture and visual arts, drawing skills an advantage.
· An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of games and what makes them fun.
· Adaptable and capable of multi-tasking, ability to problem solve.
· Strong visual research skills.
· A good balance between Idealism and Pragmatism, willing and able to design within technical and other constraints.
· Able to listen to and implement constructive criticism.

What more can we offer?

· Friendly, inspiring and collaborative work environment
· Performance & salary reviews
· Discount stock option programs
· Income protection insurance
· Project Bonuses
· Friday drinks & social functions
· Games area and games library
· Also the office is easily accessible


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 14/01/10 - 1:19 PM Permalink

Is this a re-advertisement of the position that was closed a couple of weeks ago, and if so should people who applied for that not apply for this?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 14/01/10 - 1:23 PM Permalink

Those were just shit-kicker level design possies.

I think this might be the one advertised on the Bluetongue Website.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 10:20 PM Permalink

Yup. I remember the last one was only a junior posie. Looks like this new one is much more senior. Can't possibly be the same one.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 21/01/10 - 2:22 PM Permalink

I had a look at their website a few weeks back and this was the only position that was on there, so I think it might just be the same position again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 10:16 AM Permalink

This one has GOT to be gone by now, surely

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 11:52 AM Permalink

No its not. We still need a senior for a new project. You will need a lot of experience and preferably not an Australian citizen.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 11:58 AM Permalink

Excuse me for asking but what does aussie citizenship have to do with anything?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 12:34 PM Permalink

That type of statement could be considered discriminatory. I hope that reply didn't come from a blue tongue employee. ... VERY bad form!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 1:45 PM Permalink

Its no secret that most of the senior staff members holding positions in the Melbourne/AU game industry are from the UK, but I’d like to think that we (the royal we) might TRY to fill lead and managerial roles with people from our home country FIRST.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 10:02 PM Permalink

What parallel universe version of Melbourne / AU do you live in, mate? Every company I know in Melbourne absolutely prefers to hire locals over internationals. At most studios you can count the number of overseas ring-ins on one hand.

Submitted by designerwatts on Mon, 15/02/10 - 2:03 PM Permalink

I very much doubt that comment came from the HR rep of Blue Tongue. He usually puts his name on any post he makes so the comment above is more then likely from someone else.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 4:15 PM Permalink

Those adverts on game company websites get updated about as often as never. The whole point of visiting Tsumea is to get more up to date info on these jobs. The company websites are good for finding jobs when they're first posted but I'd hardly regard them as reliable or recent.

Just look at most of em, they're all locked down with 'Currently not hiring' plastered all over the careers sections. The Redtribe website is STILL up for Christ sake and its not even an active developer anymore...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 15/02/10 - 10:16 PM Permalink

Follow the links dude. If you go to the Blue Tongue site and click the job ad it takes you to an professional recruitment site called Kenexa. Looks pretty real to me.

Besides, this job IS on Tsumea! So stop messing around and apply already!

Submitted by Kirbs on Mon, 15/02/10 - 5:36 PM Permalink

Just wanted to let everyone know that we are still hiring for this position, but we have had a number of great people apply, so might soon be making an offer. I will let you know when it’s been filled. In regards to the comment about only hiring from overseas, this was not made by anyone from Blue Tongue. We are currently only considering people that have the legal right to work in Australia, as we would always prefer to hire locally if possible and only consider overseas applicants if we cannot fill the position locally.

You can always contact me direct if you have any questions about other positions, my email is or call me on +61 3 9914 9944.

Andrew Kirkby