Today we had two representatives from Blitz Games come in and give us a talk about careers in the Games industry, specifically on the Art side. From the two hour long session, I learned a lot about the qualities needed to make it in the Games Industry.
Now, I knew from talking to Mike, Chris and Heather that people in the industry are fed up of seeing the same old clichéd nonsense they always get shown. However, I didn’t know that they were interested in seeing developmental work like problem solving, idea development. And the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.
When I first heard that Blitz made games predominantly for the younger age groups, I was a bit apprehensive. Obviously I’m not lost in some delusion that I’m going to go and work on the next Gears of War title, but the talk made me realise that children’s games have the same potential for great design as adult games. I’m interested in the environment design aspect, and working on more colourful, imaginative landscapes is starting to sound like a plus.
It felt really weird to see the interview of an ex-student of this course working at Blitz. I didn’t know him, but some of the others obviously did. The way the guys were talking, they seemed to like employing graduates for several reasons. From what I understood, they look at students because they are enthusiastic and driven – or as the guy said, ‘hungry’. I am quite hungry, but I’m having Cajun Chicken for tea, so that’ll go away soon.
I picked a cold up the other day, which made the two hours miserable as I coughed and leaked. If anyone got sick of hearing coughing, I apologise. I guess its Karma getting me back for covering Jon’s stuff in kitchen foil while he was out. Oh well, it was worth the laugh.
I’m getting stuck for words now. I don’t want to drone on about the talk, as that’ll just make it a chore to read. To summarize, I did learn something from this talk. It empathised that attitude is important as well as quality of work, and that I’ll need to show them that I can work as part of a team if I want a job in the industry. One of the speakers pointed out that being quiet is a bad quality to take into this line of work, as co-ordination and co-operation are a big part in keeping projects on track.