Economics Designer Economics designers have a fairly straightforward duty in the realm of video game design: They design the financial system within games. From the rupees that Link collected in Zelda to the ability to buy land in Second Life, economies have been a pivotal part of many games; it is the responsibility of economics designers to see that these economies are viable, fair, and entertaining for the gamer. In recent years, game economies have become increasingly important, with games like World of Warcraft and other massive multiplayer online role-playing games giving gamers endless options to explore expansive worlds, complete with monetary systems and methods of exchange and commerce. An economics designer sets the values for in-game items and services through tactics such as only releasing a limited amount of goods, or making them available only at a certain time; constantly creating new goods that gamers can aspire to at different levels; creating “wear and tear” on items, so gamers have to replace them; creating secondary markets for in-game goods and services where players can trade among themselves; creating auction houses; preventing possible fraud; and employing other strategies that rely heavily on real-world economic principles.
Los Angeles, California, United States of America Los Angeles, Spanish for 'The Angels'; officially the City of Los Angeles, known colloquially by its initials L.A. is the second-most populous city in the United States, after New York City. Los Angeles is the largest and most populous city in the state of California and the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The economy of Los Angeles is driven by international trade, entertainment (television, motion pictures, video games, music recording, and production), aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel, and tourism. Other significant industries include finance, telecommunications, law, healthcare, and transportation. A number of gaming powerhouses have developed a considerable presence in the area, helping LA become a city synonymous with game development. These studios include Playstation Santa Monica, Riot Games, Naughty Dog and Electronic Arts (EA).