Gaming engineers design and develop video games. In addition to programming a video game, game engineers may be involved in the conceptual stage as well as audio and visual production. Other responsibilities may include troubleshooting, fine-tuning the core features of video games and creating cross-platform compatibility.
Gaming engineers may work on games designed for mobile devices such as phones and tablets or for larger consoles. They typically work in a fast-paced environment alongside software developers, video game designers and system engineers. Many game engineers work long hours and sometimes over the weekend to meet deadlines.
Considered one of the major gaming capitals of the world, Seattle is home to a thriving tech industry that boasts over 16,500 employees and 300 game companies‰ÛÓranging from indie gaming studios to larger developers such as Microsoft, Valve, Big Fish, PopCap and WildTangent. Several of the colleges within the city offer game-engineering programs, a factor that has made the city a popular pick for young aspiring designers.
Seattle offers a little of something for everyone. While it‰Ûªs famous for its rain and chilly winter, the city also experiences beautiful spring and summer. During the summer, many residents prefer to hike or ride on the bike lanes. Some of the popular destinations include the Space Needle, Washington Park Arboretum and the Seattle Art Museum. The city is also home to close to a dozen neighborhoods. Capitol Hill houses many young professionals while Belltown is the hub of the city‰Ûªs nightlife.
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