If you’ve ever wanted to try making a video game, here’s your chance.

By Alex Handy

For an engineer, designing consumer electronics is a nerve-wracking endeavor. Years of preparation and research are required to create and manufacture new equipment, and nowhere is this more evident than in the video game market. Zero hour for the EE ninjas of the video game world is looming on the horizon, as Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo prepare to launch next-generation gaming hardware for the 2005 Christmas season.

Independent video game hardware designers are a dying breed, however. The three big game companies have something of a monopoly on the talent in this limited pool, as evidenced by the relatively small market proliferation ...

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