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Job Descriptions: The Video Game Developer


Snap judgments about the brains behind the brainless.

Although still strangely addictive, fitting odd shapes together while a soundtrack straight out of Red Square is piped through six tiny slits that form one small speaker just isn't the fashion anymore.

Which completely and utterly stands to reason what with the breakneck pace at which video games continue to evolve.

Owing to the ingenuity of video game developers, a Nintendo doppelganger will mimic your every movement while you aerobacize. Indeed, Nintendo's Wii has been such a runaway success since it debuted in 2006, the company just reported a staggering 34% increase in profit for its first fiscal quarter.

It's because of video game developers -- who, despite deceivingly casual workplace attire, swim in an increasingly competitive stream -- that you can sort of play guitar even if you really can't.

And thanks to video game developers and their total dedication to their craft (they often work oppressive hours, especially when on deadline), you can steal and murder with impunity - in Grand Theft Auto (TTWO) and a host of copycat titles.

Sure, we all miss Q*bert, but we miss him in the same nostalgic way we miss the Care Bears and He-Man lunchboxes and other symbols of our youth. As devotees of Xbox (MSFT) and PlayStation (SNE) will tell you, this is the Golden Age of video games.

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