Gaming Engineer

High
Job Pressure
High
Academic Pressure
2-3 L
Early Salary
5-6 L
Mid Level Salary
9-10 L
Senior Salary
Game design is the craft of knowing how hurling disgruntled birds on a stack of pigs can actually be fun for millions of people on the planet while making a franchise worth billions of dollars. Well, kind of.

Academically speaking, you could say that Game Design is an art and a science. It is the art of envisioning the storyline, content and rules of a game; while it is the science of examining the psychology of the player and his relationship with the game. In short, game design involves figuring out what will get a player hooked to a game and what won’t… and creating games that will work.

A Game Designer is someone who has a vision of what the game is as it goes through iterations during its development cycle. Any game you see in the market is usually the brainchild of a Game Designer. You could say that he is the one who makes sure that a Half life game plays and feels like a Half life game. He doesn’t design the artwork or do the programming: he is to a game what a director is to a movie—he can make or break a game concept.

What do they do?

Gaming engineers are specialized software engineers who design and program video games. Gaming engineers work with teams of developers on the entire process of creating a video game.

Beginning with the concept development and initial prototype development, an engineer will provide knowledge of programming and the realities of game design. Engineers are responsible for creating coding sequences to create game play, and may need to create multiple codes for different gaming devices.

Engineers must also help with the troubleshooting of the finished product. Running tests and reviewing codes will show an engineer what needs to be redone or changed.

Typical day in the life of a Gaming Engineer

Some of the daily activities include:

  • Game brainstorming
  • Create source coding
  • Develop sprites and 3D models
  • Level designing
  • De-bugging

Pros about this career

  • Higher-than-average mean annual wage
  • Good job prospects
  • Opportunity to help create a creative and entertaining product
  • Telecommuting is an option in some cases

Cons about this career

  • Long hours are normal
  • Post-secondary education is normally needed
  • Outsourcing to foreign countries may occur
  • You have to remain knowledgeable about current technology or risk falling behind in the field

Skills needed

  • Drawing skill set
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication ability
  • Organization teamwork
  • Analytical mind
  • leadership skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Updated knowledge of the history and trends of video game

How do I get there

Gaming engineers are required to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a related field. A degree program in computer science will provide a potential engineer with an in-depth knowledge of the many languages used in computer programming.

To be a game designer one must have knowledge on Drawing and he must have a thinking process which is unnatural. To learn how to develop games one must be well versed with game development along with game design, game design is not about multimedia software like 3D software or 2D software , it's a skill-set .

Gaming in a flat view this field is divided into four parts :-

Game Development (Requires Logic and Art )
Game Design (Requires Art and Skill-set of visualization)
Game Art ( Need excellent visualization and Drawing Skill set as well as color concepts )
Game Testing ( need logic and efforts )