Looking for work in the arcade game development field?

Shaggy June 11, 2010 2

It has been a while since we have seen an arcade company post listings for new jobs (at least as far as I know) but one company has done just that today as they gear up on some unspecified new project. Raw Thrills’ (based out of Skokie, IL) is looking for both an Electronics / Computer Engineer and a 3D game programmer. The description for the Engineer is telling as it states: “You will be responsible for the electronics and interfacing of the next generation of amusement games, like motion systems, advanced input devices, displays, and cutting-edge computer systems.” Of course we can speculate all day as to what motion systems or advanced input devices they might have in mind here and will still probably be a while before we find out exactly what they have planned.

On the programmer side the site actually states that they are searching for programmers of all experience levels, from beginner to senior, although there are obviously certain requirements a beginner would need to fill. With many people out looking for work (and I have heard that programmers have had a fairly difficult time finding work, I know of one guy in my neighborhood who spent months and months looking for a programming job) it could be a great opportunity to not only get a job but to make arcade games as well.

This could also be used as evidence that with the company looking to expanding their talent and growing, it’s one way to look at the industry itself. If we’re all but dead, why is any arcade game maker adding staff?

You can see the details on the positions here


  1. Da FONZ June 11, 2010 at 7:27 am - Reply

    What did your programming friend do? If he does work that has lots of competition (ie. programming database applications) then yes it will be difficult for him to find work. If he can work on low level embedded systems or write cutting edge 3D engines then he can have the pick of the litter in terms of job opportunities.

  2. Shaggy June 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I don’t know him terribly well but I know he had loads of experience in the field and was a team lead at one point. I think he has found a job now but for a while I don’t think he could find anything unless it meant moving to the other side of the country which he didn’t want to do, as far as I know.

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