Games Developer

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A games developer writes, debugs and pieces together computer code to create computer and video games, varying from traditional chess and solitaire to multiplayer virtual gaming worlds. The games developer brings a graphic vision, often conceptualised and designed by a graphic artist, to life. The end result can be seen in Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) such as programs like Eve Online, Second Life and World of Warcraft.

The role of the games developer not only entails the development of the interactive graphics, but also responsibility for maintaining active programs. For example, they may need to deploy new versions of a game to avoid time lags (which often occur when user numbers increase dramatically), monitor and update data exchanges, revamp graphics and/or software or even reconstruct software architecture to facilitate the moving of data to and from memory more quickly.

Games developers generally need experience in software engineering as well as computer science, or computer engineering. Practical experience in the use of internet, code writing and programming are essential, as well as enthusiasm and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.