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Gaming: A Technology Forecast

Gaming: A Technology Forecast

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Full text of the technology forecast produced by Texas State Technical College Emerging Technologies. Bound hard copies available from TSTC Publishing at http://shop.tstc.edu.
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12/13/2012

Operating Systems

Windows 2000 Professional

Linux Mandrake 7.3

Windows 98 SE

Linux Mandrake 9

Windows 95

Art

TextPad for Java

QuickBooks 2003

Java Web Start

Quark Express 5

Adobe Acrobat 5

Ghost 7.5

Adobe Distiller

AutoDesk 2003

Adobe Photoshop 7

Electronics Workbench Multi Sim 2002

Adobe Illustrator 10

Toolbook 8.1 ver II

Adobe Premiere 6.5

NIDA Software

Adobe After Effects 5.5

ASA Prepware v6.1

Macromedia Studio MX

Norton Anti-virus

Pinnacle Studio 8

Visual basic.net

Nero 6 Burning Rom

Pinnacle Movie Box DV w/analog/

NeroVision 2

Breakout Boxes

Music Background CD

ArcView 8.3

IT Security

NetRecon 3.5

Norton System Works

Intruder Alert 3.6

Norton Internet Security

NetProwler

Monroe, 2003

Conclusion

Texas is one of the largest and most powerful technopolie in the world. In terms of US
biotechnology patents, Houston ranks 5th, Dallas 6th, San Antonio 7th, and Austin 8th (Duca,
2002). In addition, Austin has world-class game and IT industries; Dallas/Ft Worth, world-class
game, IT, telecom, and life sciences industries; San Antonio, IT security, aerospace, and life
sciences; Houston-Clearlake, aerospace, energy, IT, and life sciences. All these regions are
pursuing nanotechnology. Leaders grappling with this new knowledge are mandating new
ways of learning. Transdisciplinarity presents Texas community and technical colleges with the
opportunity to leapfrog other states and nations. Can we meet this challenge? Can we evolve?

The authors propose that we can, and gaming is the way!

DIGITAL GAME FORECAST >> February 2004

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Informatics

Software Engineer—Internet/Web

Webmasters implement and maintain an effective World Wide Web presence through information design,
network configuration, software development, and project management. Responsibilities include
contributing to the full lifecycle of the game’s development and online presence.

Knowledge

Deep understanding of Web and Internet back-end systems and protocols
Network administration experience
Object-oriented programming (OOP) experience
C/C++, Java and other applicable programming languages

Skills

Excellent oral and written communication skills
Efficient debugging and analytical skills
Highly motivated to solve problems, develop solutions and implement them in a timely way.
XML, TCP/IP, HTML, CGI, JavaScript, web server and web-based applications

Abilities

Multitask—ability to work on multiple iterative design projects simultaneously
Independently learn new tools and techniques
Teach and learn from others in a rapidly changing environment
Tolerate tight deadlines and rigorous team debate without conflict
Receive and give constructive feedback

Ask for help and communicate problems effectively

Ability to re-approach design, technical and artistic problems until resolved
Collaborate with others in face-to-face and online environments
Deliver projects within project time lines to customer specifications
Ability to work with diverse teams
Ability to synthesize art, design and technology concepts
Manage multiple tasks, projects and timelines
Success oriented, with a track record for successfully completing tasks

Software Engineer—Database Administrator

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the job of database administrator will be among the fastest
growing occupations. With the Internet and electronic businesses, including the game industry, creating
tremendous volumes of data, there is growing need to store, manage, and extract data effectively. Database
administrators work with database management systems software and determine ways to organize and
store data. They determine user requirements, set up databases, and test and coordinate changes. It is the
responsibility of an organization’s database administrator to ensure performance, understand the
platform the database runs on, and add new users. They may also implement system security measures.
With the volume of sensitive data growing rapidly, data integrity, backup, and security have become
increasingly important for database administrators (Systems Analysts, Computer Scientists and Database
Administrators, n.d.).

Experience

Working for an employer and designing for customers
Managing requirements, commitments and time lines
Collaborating in small (2-9), Medium (10-25) and Large (25-100) person teams
Demonstrable industry or academic gaming projects
Successful integration of theory and practice in previous art

Knowledge

Experience in the administration of database servers
Full understanding of server security
Experience in development and deployment of sound backup and recovery strategies
Experience in documenting procedures
Understanding of database design issues
Object oriented programming (OOP) experience

Skills

Define, create, maintain and document database designs
Create databases
Maintain databases
Write programs for database administration
Test, debug and coordinate database changes
Excellent communication (oral & written) skills
Efficient debugging and analytical skills
Highly motivated to solve problems, develop solutions and implement them in a timely way
XML, TCP/IP, HTML, CGI, JavaScript, web server and web-based applications

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