I often get email from people looking to get their first job in the game industry asking me for advice. What are companies looking for in candidates for entry-level programming positions? How come it’s so difficult to land a job? I can’t answer for the industry as a whole, but I can certainly tell you what I am looking for when trying to fill an entry-level programmer position.
A successful game needs to provide top-notch content, and the best way to provide it is to optimize the content pipeline so that artists and designers can create, preview, add, and tweak new assets as easily and rapidly as possible.