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Why do game studios need graphics programmers if they're using game engines?

Even with an engine, getting something to display on the screen the way you want it is not always trivial. There will be many instances where someone with programming knowledge is required to make the ...
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Do programmers in the industry get to participate in the game design process?

It's important to understand that the hundred coders in a company will be implementing high-level designs, not making them. In design terms, you might get given a task like "design the graphic format ...
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Why do game studios need graphics programmers if they're using game engines?

Game engines are like kitchens, and developers (i.e. programers) are like cooks. Game engines offer possibilities, while the programmers exploit these possibilities to the needs of the game. Thus, ...
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Will working with a publisher help me prevent my game from being cloned?

A publisher would not be able to protect you from someone else creating a more popular clone of your game. Games from large publishers get ripped off just as often as those from small indies. Maybe ...
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Do industry professionals building games using UE4 use Blueprints at all, or do they use C++ exclusively?

Yes, professional games use Blueprints. Some use a mix of C++ and Blueprints. We use both on Dead by Daylight. One of the great things about Blueprints is that non-programmers can get access to the ...
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Why would a game developer write their own engine instead of using existing ones?

as said by Josh Petrie: "Not built here syndrome;" I am also writing my own engine, and I suppose the reason will be different for every developer out there, but in fact - I generally don't like ...
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In what ways do lawyers and others involved in the legal field impact game development?

Lawyers rarely have creative influence on the game itself. But they still fulfill two important jobs in the game industry. The first is intellectual property (IP) law. Games and all their individual ...
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Why would a game developer write their own engine instead of using existing ones?

The absolute key reason to write your own engine (and it surprises me that nobody has called this out yet) is for debugging. If you've written a big, complicated game, and there's a crash bug in it,...
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Why wouldn't games be published with Map Editors included?

There could be a lot of factors but the ones that come to my mind first are ease of use and compatibility. An AAA office environment would most likely have company-provided computers, meaning there ...
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In what ways do lawyers and others involved in the legal field impact game development?

I worked with the legal team at a Chinese game developer/publisher and one important role they played was to help with cease-and-desist and litigation, as IP theft is a pretty big problem there. One ...
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Can a partially completed game be sold to a game development company for completion?

Anything is possible, but the situation you describe is highly improbable. Software developers rarely like picking up where someone else left off, and are much less likely to pay for that opportunity. ...
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Do programmers in the industry get to participate in the game design process?

At my previous job as a backend dev at a game studio, the programmers had very little input into the gameplay/mechanics of the game. Occasionally a game designer or UI/UX designer would ask me if ...
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Why wouldn't games be published with Map Editors included?

What money can you make from such a map editor? Prolonging the lifetime of a game is great for the customer, but for the studio? Blizzard had to keep the original Battle.Net servers online much ...
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Do industry professionals building games using UE4 use Blueprints at all, or do they use C++ exclusively?

A little anecdote from outside the games industry: We use UE4 for architecture visualization in VR. While I'd rather have most things built in C++, we also use Blueprints heavily for all kinds of "...
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Do programmers in the industry get to participate in the game design process?

I have worked on a big-name game officially as the AI programmer, in truth I didn't have that much interest in other design aspects but I had to analyze the game mechanics carefully and do an awful ...
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Why would a game developer write their own engine instead of using existing ones?

There are very good answers here but they're missing one important additional point. Many of today's licensable engines started out as dedicated engines. Let's take Unreal as an example because it's ...
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Lost in Development

The next step would be to secure a budget of several million dollar to hire a team of a few hundred experienced people, because that's what it would take to create the greatest game ever. Do you have ...
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What is the difference between games technology and games development?

I don't know if this terminology has the same meaning across countries, but the terms can definitely be used to describe distinct topics. Note that, related to the terms game technology and game ...
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Why do game studios need graphics programmers if they're using game engines?

You can ship games without a graphics programmer pretty easily now-a-days because of all the engines. What you generally need a graphics programmer for are things like optimization A graphics ...
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What is a good strategy to switch my career from full-stack developer to game developer?

Health warning: The following comes with a large amount of hindsight and I'm sure it's one of many experiences within game dev - but it's worth considering I'd like to offer a perspective from ...
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Do programmers in the industry get to participate in the game design process?

As the other answers have pointed out, this will vary from company to company, but I need to point out something about the video game industry, something that it has in common with all other branches ...
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Do programmers in the industry get to participate in the game design process?

A title is just a title so it will vary from company to company, but usually a game designer does a lot of scripting of events/quests etc. and if you are hired on as a straight up programmer it is ...
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Why do game studios need graphics programmers if they're using game engines?

A lot of times, game engines would not fulfill 100% of the requirements and specifications of a game project. This is especially true for triple-A titles that are always pushing the boundaries of ...
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Why do games have credits more often than other software?

As someone who does business application development as their primary job and game development on the side, I would not want my name in publicly visible credits of the business applications I worked ...
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