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Posted by Willy Franzen on March 27, 2009. Positions below updated every five minutes.
If you’ve been reading every day for the past few months, you’ve probably heard me talk about the recession/video game paradox. When people are out of work, they often play lots of video games. (I also think that people who play lots of video games are often out of work.) Some might claim that video games sap productivity from our economy, but I’d argue otherwise. When a recession hits and lots of unemployed people start gaming, it actually creates jobs in game development. So, when you’re jamming to Rock Band 2 for 9 hours straight instead of job searching, don’t feel too bad, because your purchase made it possible for someone with a little more ambition, initiative, and drive to land a job at Boston based Harmonix. That’s how the economy works. Isn’t it a beautiful thing? If only your high score translated into dollars…
There isn’t a lot of information about Harmonix on their website, but all you really need to know is that they’re behind Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and Phase. There’s a pretty cool video about them on their Jobs page too, but that’s it. Despite the sparse information, people who want to work for Harmonix are probably already familiar with the company. If your interests include music and video games and you have strong Software Development skills, then you’re just who Harmonix is looking for. (And don’t worry about not liking the job. Harmonix was named one of Boston’s 100 Top Places to Work. So what can you do at Harmonix? Right now they have half a dozen job openings, and a couple could be suitable for new grads – Software Developer, Network Services Support and Game Programmer. You can apply for these jobs online directly from the descriptions, and if you don’t have the software skills to do them, then get back to playing Rock Band 2 in your underpants.
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