Valve is looking for a psychologist to join the team and help develop future games and their storefront, Steam. A new list looking for people to join the studio from the Bellevue office in Washington has been posted on the official website.
“We hire people with a wide range of skill sets who also have deep expertise,” the list says. “Valve’s psychologists have contributed to various initiatives throughout the company and are trusted to work with colleagues to prioritize their work.”
Known for Half Life: Alyx, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the studio has hired many psychologists over the years. Valve conducts all kinds of experiments, including experiments to measure a player’s sweat and arousal levels, and learns about the player’s behavior to improve the game. After discovering that players could move their eyes faster than their own hands, the studio created a version of Portal 2 that players could control with their own eyes.
Job listings indicate that candidates need to “research compelling new hardware technologies” in order to create new experiences for their players. Valve was praised for how Half Life: Alyx used virtual reality technology to move the media forward. VR Shooter was GameSpot’s Game of the Year in 2020.
“Valve brings together the various mechanisms we’ve seen in VR games (gun handling, reloading, reaction physics, object interactions, environmental puzzles, horror) and runs them in a prestigious way,” writes Michael Higham. I am. Last year’s Half Life: Alyx’s article on his Game of the Year. “As a result, the whole thing is cohesive, not overly dependent on one concept or gimmick, but instead complementing each other from start to finish.”