Gaming engineers work with teams of programmers, illustrators and testers to design, develop and create new video games. They may be involved with all phases of game development, from devising the initial concept to testing the product before release. These specialized software engineers are responsible for creating coding sequences for game play on various mobile devices, computer and gaming systems. They usually work alongside a team of developers on projects to make a video game that's ready for consumers of all ages to play on a range of platforms. Gaming engineers use their knowledge of programming and game design to help with the initial concept that develops into a prototype for a game. They run tests, as well as review codes to figure out what needs to be redone or changed completely to get a video game ready for play. Gaming engineers can be involved with programs that control how a character acts, looks, feels and moves. They can also create a storyline, background scenes and other interactions throughout a game.
Gaming engineers usually possess a bachelor's degree in game design and other related fields. They study artificial intelligence, software engineering, 2D and 3D animation, as well as information management. Gaming engineers have knowledge of interactive and digital media, Java programing, data structures and designs. They're also familiar with integrated circuit testers and application servers. Companies like Sony Interactive Entertainment, Activision Blizzard, King, Electronic Arts and Microsoft are some of the big names in the industry.
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