I did in fact read the FAQ page on decisions. Despite working on a decision grid, I wasn't sure how each experience would weigh in on my resume. And thus was unable to complete the grid in its entirety.
Okay, now we're getting specific. Good. Which parts of your grid were you having trouble with? It says in the FAQ that when you're stuck, do research on that matter -- and it also says that some of the things you may think are important criteria are actually unknowable. So, rather than getting your claws out, ask us about those problem parts of your grid.
0. I was also looking for consequences I might not have thought up.
1. "If the person reading your resume looks up a studio you worked at and see's their work is kind of lack luster, you'll be less likely to be hired." or
2. "Any kind of previous work at a game studio makes you look like a great candidate." or
3. "The work you do at any studio would help you as a game play programmer, but if you want to be more geared towards engine development the technical work with simulation job might make you more desirable." or
4. "The two jobs are pretty much interchangeable from a resume reader's standpoint, your real substance will be in your portfolio."
5. These notions might be absurd or spot on, I have no idea. Hence, my post inquiring for thoughts about the two job offers.
0. It's kinda hard to tell you what you haven't thought of. You should just think of what you consider might be pros and cons, then look further into those.
1. No, you don't get judged by the company that kept you. Good people work at poorly run companies. Bad people work at great companies.
2. I wouldn't say that exactly.
3. [Can't respond to that one]
4. Both jobs are conversation starters. The important thing is how you comport yourself in the conversation, and what you say.
5. Not absurd. Just ask focused questions like that.
: forgot #5