A long summer and a busy first week…

After my degree I knew I was going to head towards Birmingham to start my next step in my education and my preparation for work in the games industry. What I was not expecting to happen was to move to Derby within a week, it has been an exciting journey and nice to settle into a new city I hadn’t even visited before. It’s a welcome change from Wales, there is more going on in my new city that matches my interests and I have good friends nearby. Consequently I have not spent the summer as intended and have instead been settling into a nice new house and exploring the nearby area. At the start of August it felt as if I had all the time in the world to do that, but it has gone by very quickly and I have just finished my first proper week of my MSc.

Gamer Camp at Birmingham City Uni is worth every penny of the large loan and the 6am starts every morning so far. After some ups and downs on my undergrad degree I feel energised again after the first week here. The workload is very different from the very creative focused undergrad degree, and the pacing already feels similar to my BTEC when it was at it’s peak. (I had a fantastic tutor during that course who pushed us to do a lot more than was asked of us!) I was very busy on the BTEC course and found that the fast pace and intensive work schedule something I thrived on. It is something that I am going to have to get used too again! πŸ™‚

As with all my varied education/work experiences none of it has ever been in vain, there is always a lesson to learn from every encounter and every experience. As I recover from a nasty bout of ‘freshers flu’ I keep that in mind as the next year is going to be an intense one!

However I will be unable to post about my Gamer Camp work here, as there will be live briefs being worked on and a public progress blog will not be appropriate. Instead I shall endeavour to ensure that this blog is updated with any work done outside of my course and other gaming industry related thoughts as and when I have the time to do so.

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Summer Update

I am aware that it has been some time since my last update, for me it feels like only a few short weeks have passed, but it has instead been nearly three months! A lot has happened in the past couple of months, and it has been a rushed but much needed house move that has warped my sense of time. πŸ™‚

The final major project for my previous University course was finished on time and handed in. I am still working on the game in my own time now out of curiosity and pleasure as I want to try and make it well rounded little title. Despite the stress of the third year I enjoyed creating Chaotic Kiwi a lot, but it is still my first proper game with Stencyl and I know that it is still quite basic.

It is playable via an upload onto Google Sites (I’m having size distortion issues when uploading it to Stencyls showcase area at the moment.) Click on the image below to head over there and play. πŸ™‚

Chaotic Kiwi Logo Screen

This little demo (and accompanying documentation) along with my dissertation and hard work over the last couple of years all paid off in the end. I have had my results through and I am very happy to say that I now have a First Class Honours in BA(Hons) Computer Games Development.

It has certainly taken a lot of work and some sacrifice to achieve this, my proudest project has been my dissertation, but more on that in another post. πŸ˜‰

Now the last month of the summer holidays for me is going to be spent catching up with friends and working on Chaotic Kiwi some more and preparing for the MSc in Video Game Enterprise and Production at Birmingham City University. The next big step which fills me with excitement and nerves right now. πŸ™‚