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About This Job
Pursuing a profession in video game development is a unique experience. It combines reasoning and creativity in order to translate game design concepts into computer code. Being able to develop the newest concepts using the newest game engines demands knowledge of computers, programming, and technological advancements because video games and video game technology are always evolving. Video Game Developers use the most recent game engines and their corresponding coding languages to create player mechanics, game world mechanics, and game systems. Through their diligent work and advanced knowledge, Developers give video games movement, personality, and realism. If you decide to pursue a career in Video game development, you’ll get to work with some of the most imaginative people in the entertainment business to create incredible games.
A Career in Game Developement
- Implementing the camera, character, and controls logic for playable game characters
- Developing core systems such as health, combat, inventories, in-game economies, etc.…
- Collaborating with game designers, artists, and producers to ensure all design ideas are being followed
- Creating technical demos, prototypes, vertical slices, and other milestone deliverables enroute to the final game
- Ensuring the game feel matches the Creative Director’s vision and, most importantly, is FUN for the players!
- Writing high quality, efficient, bug-free code under supervision
- Participating in team meetings
- Keeping up- to- date with all video game development trends, techniques, and data
- Able to work well independently as well as in a team
- Excellent communication
- Strong leadership skills with the ability to take initiative
- Strong analytical frame of mind
- Curiosity with a willingness to learn
- A passion for video games
- Logical mindset
- Organizational skills
- Able to overcome challenges and conflict
- Time -management
- Strong knowledge of C# and C++
- Comfortable using both Unity and Unreal game engines
- Proficient in AI, networking, gameplay programming as well as tools and engine design
- Familiarity with artist software as it pertains to efficient art pipelines
- Proven ability to work in an agile software development paradigm
- Regular business hours but may occasionally be expected to work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines.
- Most game developers work in big cities where video game studios and tech companies are located. In some cases, you may be required to travel to attend trade shows such as GDC, E3, PAX or Gamescon.
- Constant engagement and collaboration with internal staff from other departments, such as design, art, and production.
- A relaxed workplace that often requires you to work under pressure in order to complete tight deadlines
- Flexible work schedule
- Constant involvement in team meetings
- A creative and on-demand environment where collaboration and teamwork are essential.
A college or university degree in Video Game Development is required.
Game Development, Programing Logic, Scripting for Games, Programming Fundamentals, Graphics Programming
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