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As gamers, we love to look to the past and play the nostalgic games of yesteryear. Sometimes this is more difficult than we would like it to be. With consoles not being fully backwards compatible, (though Xbox One is trying), older games collect dust more easily than playtime. Even old PC games that aren’t optimized for the latest operating system are hard to run, and hell, some just don’t run at all. Blizzard apparently agrees with us about loving older games, so much so that they are looking to hire a senior software engineer for their classic games.
According to a job posting on their careers page, Blizzard is seeking out a new employee to breathe life into some older games of theirs to bring them into the present. What games you ask? They specifically mention StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II. The hope is to bring them to a new generation while also letting classic fans relive their glory days:
“We’re restoring them to glory,” the post enthuses, “and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.”
It is a big responsibility, what with fans of these games keeping an eye out for their return after seeing the job posting. Blizzard states the expected responsibilities as:
- Make gameplay first on today’s operating systems
- Create an experience that looks as good as it plays
- Implement new and old features in the games
- Protect against hackers for a fair multiplayer experience
- Be a code doctor, finding and fixing all bugs and other issues
If this sounds like something you would love to be a part of, then dust off your resumé and make sure you can fulfill these requirements for the job:
- Expertise in C and C++
- 5 years experience in development
- Ability to debug others’ code
- A love for video games
- “Excite us”
They would also love to see experience debugging Win32 and/or OS X games, experience in Visual Studio and/or Xcode, and experience with x86 assembly. These are not directly required for the position but would certainly give you a leg up on the competition.
If you can read this list and confidently say you are the person for the job then head over to Blizzard and apply!
We need people like this to attack the older software and get it ready for today’s gaming environment. Help us unnamed developer, you’re our only hope.
Image Credit: Blizzard