Elie Harfouche - Software Engineering Student and Game Developer

Elie Harfouche

Software Engineering Student and Game Developer

I was born/grew up in: Lebanon

I now live in: Laval, QC, Canada

I completed my training/education at: Computer Science at McGill University

Describe what you do at work.

I worked as a gameplay programmer with a team of 7 others to create the elements of a video that players interact with. This includes everything from what you can control to making the enemies fight and try to beat you. My day to day tasks involve programming and math to make our ideas a reality. However, more importantly, we spend a lot of time collaborating with the different people on the project (artists, designers, musicians) to make sure we are creating a fun game for players to enjoy.

When I was a student I enjoyed:

How does your job affect people’s lives?

Game Development allows me to express my creativity in ways that I can't otherwise. I can bring any world I can imagine to life through code. In doing so, we create experiences which would be otherwise impossible to have in real life.

What motivates you in your career?

The most exciting part of my job, is to see what I program come to life on screen. Being able to create something unique that I can share with potentially millions of people around the world is a powerful feeling. However, more importantly, I hope that my work can be used by someone to escape their everyday life into another world where they can have fun.

When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:

Describe your career path to this career.

I have always wanted to work in video games, but until CEGEP I was unsure of how to make my dream a reality. At the end of high school, I enrolled in a computer science and math program at Vanier College and began to learn how to code. Outside of my classes I started watching videos on how to make games, and going to game development events. I continued doing so in university, which allowed me to intern at two different game development studios. Now I love to help teach others how to express themselves and make the games that they would love.<

What activities do you like to do outside of work?

In my spare time I love to play games (surprise!), shoot pictures, cook, and bike! I also love trying out new food, traveling to new places and meeting new people, because it's the most fun way to learn about the world.

What advice or encouragement would you give others seeking a similar career?

Don't be intimidated by what you don't know, struggling and failing are natural parts of learning.

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