Game programmer is a software engineer who specializes in creating video games. They use programming languages and engines to write code that brings the game design to life, providing the game’s functionality, graphics, and physics. Game programmers commonly use coding languages such as C++ and C#, as well as game engines such as Unity 3D and Unreal Engine 5. C++ is a popular language for game programming due to its optimised performance. C# is used for developing games on the Microsoft platform, such as the Xbox. Unity is a widely-used game engine for both 2D and 3D cross-platform games. Unreal Engine is a powerful game engine used to create high-quality, graphically-intensive games. Both Unity as well as Unreal Engine, simplify and speed up the game development process. They also make platform portability easier and save a lot of time. Mobile, PC, Console, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (AR/VR) are the commonly used platforms.
Game programmers take the game design and turn it into a functioning game. They write code to implement game mechanics, such as character movement, AI behavior, Game UI, and physics.