Connecting with the local dev scene

Rowan Spencer, Computer Science (Games) and Game Jam Society founder member talks to us about studying at Brighton and the local dev scene.

When I was accepted at Brighton it was exciting, seeing that my plan I had outlined to my parents to quit work and go study was becoming a reality. Honestly I can say it’s what I hoped for which is a great thing to say. I want to be a Game Developer and the programming and computer science definitely goes towards equipping me to pursue that. There is still legwork to be doing with networking though and building my own portfolio, can’t be hand held the whole way!

I would recommend the course and I’d recommend talking to your peers, organising projects and just jumping into things. Everything seems daunting when you’ve not tried it before and mistakes are a natural part of that so try get them out the way now while you have so much support.

Talk to your lecturers, ask questions and make use of their experience. Richard Leinfeller has been fantastic along with Panagiotis Fotaris. They have both been instrumental in helping us set up the Game Jam Soc. Their enthusiasm to see us go out and make games has been very encouraging.

For me the highlights of the course have got to be Game Jams. The course is aimed at equipping you and it’s these extra-curricular activities that really help you contextualize what you’ve learnt and see how you can use it.

Through out of class activities I’ve been able to meet some great local Game Devs and talk to them about the industry and network. If you see a talk from an outside speaker pop up definitely go!

We attended an expo in London called IP Expo. It’s more focussed on IT Security but it’s well worth going. I got to attend seminars on hacking and IT Security which may not relate to being a Game Developer is definitely an interesting topic. Also we recently hosted a UKIE Game Jam where we had five teams of 4-6 marathon making a game in around 30 hours. That was an experience, it was so good seeing other people’s ideas go from concept to reality in such a short time. There were some first years who attended that went from never using the software to shipping a game.

I definitely intend to do a placement year. Being in the games industry is about connections and experience and a placement year is a great way to get both while you’re still technically a student so there’s realistic expectations. I hope to land myself working on a games team dealing with design, level design and a healthy dose of programming.

It’s been good to move to the UK and live in a city and experience a different way of life and perspectives. I like Brighton because it’s a nice open city with always plenty to do and see, there is a great local dev scene here with weekly coffees for Indie Devs to meet up and network. My course has equipped me to start building a portfolio and with that and my degree I feel like I’ll be a strong candidate for applying for my first jobs in the industry.

My advice for anyone thinking of applying? Go for it. You will succeed the most by being driven and just jumping in.

A change of perspective: from Gamer to Games Developer

Marc Walker, Computer Science (Games) and founder member of the Game Jam Society gives us an insight into Game Jams, networking events and making the most of life as a student in Brighton

My brother first got accepted to the University of Brighton, he then introduced me to this course and here I am. I was really happy to be accepted onto the course as it was something I’ve always wanted to do. These courses never existed when I was a teenager and the support for things like programming was non-existent. Thankfully the UK perspective on Computer Games has changed a lot since then.

The highlight of my course – making games of course! Game Development/Design is what I find most interesting, I’ve also taken a recent interest into Algorithms and Intelligent systems like A* Algorithm. I’d recommend this course if you desire to get into the gaming industry, but you will become a Game Developer rather than a Gamer and there’s a difference. Read More

Fast work at the UKie GameJam

Our Computer Science for Games BSc(Hons) and Digital Games Development(Hons) students pitched their skills against teams from across the UK in a marathon 30-hour student game jam this week.

Based on the theme ‘change’ five teams of first and second year students from Computer Science for Games and Digital Games Development took part in the event organised by UKie (UK Interactive Entertainment, the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive games industry).

Our teams had just 30 hours to work together to create a game based on the theme ‘change.’ Game jams are rapid development sessions which get participants thinking on their feet under severe time pressure while working together in small teams. It’s great experience and brilliant for portfolios as taking part in game jam’s is highly valued by employers in the games industry. Read More

Computer Science BSc(Hons)

Off to France for International games competition

As part of the Integrated Group Project module, our computing students were asked to develop an educational game. The top three games were submitted to the 6th International Educational Games Competition at the 12th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2018) that will take place on 4 – 5 October 2018 at the SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis, France.

All three submissions were shortlisted (out of 60 submissions in total) in the ‘games in development’ category.  Three of our second year Computer Science BSc(Hons) students, Tom Corlett (Computer Science BSc), Michael Cruz Cervera and Angel Kozlev will be travelling to France for the final round of the competition where they will present their games to the judges.

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Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton Digital Festival is now in full flow with loads of exciting events and talent.

From free workshops run by BlockBuilders – a non-profit initiative founded by Brighton graduates where 7-17 year olds can redesign their own way through Minecraft –  to the Uncommon Natures art exhibition showcasing finalists of the Lumen Prize for Digital Art featuring slime mould , there is a lot going on!

Not to be missed is the SheSays Brighton – The Future Female 2018 event tonight. Five inspiring women speakers, who are major decision-makers and influencers in the industry, will be sharing their knowledge and passion as part of the event which starts at 6pm Sallis Benney Theatre – it’s not too late to book!

 

 

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