NC Now | Video Game Industry in NC | UNC-TV

NC Now | Video Game Industry in NC | UNC-TV



it may have all the makings of a leisure activity but this fun and games is actually serious business you spend about 20 million dollars making a video game you have a hundred guys work for two years and you sell it for about $59.99 and when you add up all those $59.99 s and more you get an American videogames industry that was worth ten and a half billion dollars in 2009 according to the Entertainment Software Association the industry employs 120,000 people nationwide more and more a growing percentage of that work force calls North Carolina home there's about 40 45 companies total and about 1200 to 1500 employees in the Triangle area Los Angeles the San Francisco Bay Area Seattle Austin Texas and Raleigh I mean those are the those are really the areas where I think you find the most concentration of developers the industry in the Triangle traces its roots to the 1990s and the virtual reality research that was taking place at UNC Chapel Hill from those labs grew a handful of start-up gaming companies the industry was taking shape early last decade but it's real growth is recent the games industry has here has probably grown by thirty percent over the last five years when I first started in 2002 there are 20 of us here in Raleigh and now we're about 550 world wide academic institutions like UNC and NC State are a major reason for the industry's growth here the universities as well as Wake Tech offer video game related degree programs it's just basically swell to the capacity that we can hold right now we're actively expanding our capacity to teach games classes that ample supply of graduating talent and an established technology sector our major recruiting tools and we've got this great technology base with our military industrial complex here with the biotechnology with the universities and it's all coming together it's creating a really fertile ground for video game development game development is part of the triangles industry but the companies here are best known for creating gaming engines an engine is a software package that runs the games operations it handles things like which sounds to play when how physics will work if you drop a box down the stairs would it look like so it's almost like the game engine is the movie set and the camera and then the game company is the directors and the actors and since it's a package a video game engine can be licensed to other game designers to run their products nine of the top ten publishers in the world use our technology to make their games epics Unreal game engine isn't the only one with triangle roots epic unreal is the biggest one in the world but we also got about four out of the five top engines were kind of developed in the area so we've got you know big big hold on that in addition to epic companies like emergent and vicious cycle also make well-known engines the triangle is best known for its video game engine apparatus but there's also plenty of game design going on and saamne at games as Ratchet and Clank has ties to the triangle along with breach from atomic Games epic makes Gears of War and Bulletstorm among others videogame characters movements have gotten a lot more realistic over the years and motion-capture Studios like this one are a big reason why I'm wearing a suit filled with sensors right now so every jump every point of the gun every step I make is being recorded and could possibly be put into a video game the more realistic characters and graphics have made the design process much more expensive and time consuming it can take as many as five years to design a game in tens of millions of dollars development costs for each video game have skyrocketed over the years I mean just exploded to outrageous amounts of money right now and the Raleigh community offers a much lower cost of living and therefore the cost of making games in the Raleigh community is it's much lower than it is in California that gives the Raleigh community a huge advantage as costs become a bigger and bigger factor Entertainment is a big part of the triangles gaming industry but one of the fastest growing segments here has a much more serious focus there are several companies in this area that have been moving over gradually from more of an entertainment market to a serious game strategy I mean something that's compatible with my sport this is probably one of the top three markets in the country for for this instead of entertaining serious games are designed to teach they offer a virtual reality that can provide valuable trading to employees it really impacts a different area of the brain when they've been through an actual experience scenario and then when they were going out into the field to do it for real they're actually feeling much more prepared to do it the simulations from serious games can create high risk situations for sales workers bankers teachers and others location by unit the technology is also being used to help members of the Armed Forces deal with trauma they've suffered on the battlefield the military also uses the technology to train before battle it's a huge market military simulations alone are over 47 billion dollars this year in revenue and getting involved in in the corporate world right now it's estimated that over a billion and a half dollars will be spent in the US this year just doing this type of training like so many other things video game technology is increasingly moving to smartphones FX latest game Infinity Blade is only available on mobile devices we didn't even know we were going to be in this business six months ago and suddenly it's a huge business for us so it's a scary exciting time and triangle gaming leaders say the region is well-positioned to be successful in it last year state lawmakers approved tax incentives in an effort to maintain and expand the gaming industry here got it okay the growing academic and research efforts could also help the universities that are here are doing research in the technologies that will enable the future games from 5-10 years 15 years out those intervening years will be important ones for the gaming industry the number of companies doing business in the Triangle and the success they have could determine the industry's long-term role here we're at a critical time for Raleigh right now where there's enough game companies here is just enough of us they were on the cusp of being that Hollywood right now at San Francisco its Los Angeles those are the big places maybe Seattle but we're coming up fast

41 Comments on "NC Now | Video Game Industry in NC | UNC-TV"


  1. As an Undergraduate at Chapel Hill who wants to get into the design and game industry this video makes me feel good.

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  2. I'm glad to know the program I will be getting into will be one that is a growing one and one that is, for the most part, very successful. I wonder what the employment rate for the graduates out of this field are.

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  3. I love to hear positive stories from my homes state, but even moreso when they are true! While I don't think that the entire state of N.C. will ever reach the status of even a city in Texas or Cali (when it comes to games), it's an honor to even be mentioned.

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  4. @Puzzoozoo it depends, if I get a job at epic, insomniac, or red storm i will be making console games. if i start my own studio i guess ill do both. but what's your point?

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  5. @CWScott24 Let me guess you are a console player, and will be desiging console games if you get your feet under the table?

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  6. @RaymondG15 rofl that's me.. video was taken during our final for our PC Game Concepts class at NCSU. We came up with non-computer game (card/board/etc.), played them for two hours, then wrote a few short essays tying our games in to the concepts we learned throughout the course.

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  7. 2 :08 clay carming costume??
    6 :21 looks like you can turn your character without the camera moving while u have a meatshield
    0 :33 looks like a new character, kinda like skorge or ramn, with those weird tentacles

    My view on it, tell me what you guys think

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  8. @travisowens they should look at the real military training simulator like the ones they have at fort brag to say virtual reality instead of the game they showed.

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  9. lol I like how most of the time when there are 2 screens, the camera guy looks at the gears of war one.

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  10. I can already tell the movement in Gears 3 is a little too fast. They made it faster than Gears of War 1 which was a mistake.

    I'm sure Epic will get yelled at for this during the Beta. I know I'll do my fair share of being angry on their forums. :]

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  11. I DON'T FUCKING CARE ABOUT THIS SHIT WHERE IS THE GEARS 3 NEWS FUCK SHIT PENIS TITS VAGINA JHSIGHKJHDSKGDSJKFOHGFDO:IUGFDKHKGFDLKJHBKFDLNBLKFDNB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. "maybe Seattle" my ass. There may be a little less, but some of the biggest are here. Valve and Bungie are two of the biggest industry names, and their both in Seattle. Sucker Punch, Zipper, MGS, some of the people responsible for the biggest games in their genres all work out of the greater Seattle area. Quality over quantity I say!

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  13. @bollybib678 It also plays very methodically apparantly. And the maps are smaller and seemingly more layered

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