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?