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I was just having a good old chat with Quizzical in another thread and he got me thinking, are engineers good for video games?
I know that there is the term computer engineer, but at the college I attend that tends to be less about mechanics and more about optics, electricity and software. These guys, from what they tell me, are here to make new computer hardware because they know how the hardware works and how the software works so they can combine their knowledge to make components.
Back on topic, I was reading about some game with physics that was processed "on the fly" or something like that and at one point I believe they talked about struts, 3 and 4 point bending and torsion being equated "on the fly" when creating buildings in the world, which is totally what mechanical engineers do. This was some space shooter game, I wish I could remember the title (SORRY )
Well after Quizzical started talking about some math and problem solving and linear algebra I thought, "Wow, he is talking about engineers" This then brought up the question are engineers common in the video game industry? More to the point are mechanical or biomedical engineers common in the video game industry? It would seem to me that they could be an asset to a team that is trying to figure out complex new systems, especially physics based, and how to implement them in a game as optimized as possible.
If engineers are not used in gaming companies, do you think that there will come a time when they will be? Or is there a good reason that engineers are not asked to work on video games?
Alot of these questions are asked because I have a friend who is about to graduate with a biomedical engineering bachelors and he really likes video games. I think it would blow his mind if he found out video game companies hired biomedical engineers or mechanical engineers.