We a super happy to see that Henry Hoffman (a graduate of BA (Hons) Computer Games Design in 2011) has been named as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2017. Great to see recognition for all of Henry’s hard work over the last few years.
Henry can pinpoint the exact moment he fell in love with games. He was five years old when playing Sim City at his dad’s university office and a police station named after him was blown away by a tornado. A few years later his dad bought him a copy of Planet PC magazine that came with a free drag-and-drop game building CD-ROM. From that moment Henry was hooked, making over 100 games by the time he was just 13. Around that time, Henry saw a review in the magazine for a game made by Introversion, a British company consisting of three friends making games in their bedrooms. It was then that Henry realised this could be a career.
During his first year of university, Henry’s game Mush won both the Dare to be Digital competition and a BAFTA Cymru award. His breakthrough game Hue was inspired by his fascination with dreaming up new gaming mechanics. When combined with his love for colour, Henry created a game that has stunned players all over the world. For Henry, beginning new projects by thinking about the gameplay first is the crux of making games that people enjoy.
Henry has found that the industry distinction between developers and creatives is unhelpful. For anyone thinking about a career in games, Henry would encourage them to be guided by their passion, and not to let people put you in a box.
For more information on Henry’s most recent game HUE please go here… https://www.huethegame.com/
BAFTA has announced the first Prince William Scholarships and one of them has been awarded to our recent graduate Same Coleman.
The Prince William Scholarship recipients will have their fees for further study funded by Warner Bros. and will additionally receive a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies and access to additional Warner Bros. mentors.
Sam will be studying on the MA Games Design and Development course at the National Film and Television School.
Sam will be sharing his experiences on http://guru.bafta.org/
You can see more of Sam’s work on his blog… http://ambercloud.blogspot.co.uk/
Our students Kate Killick & Henry Hoffman have been busy discussing their experience at Dare To Be Digital 2010, on Channel 4’s Crunchtime. Kate & Henry a part of Team Angry Mango, went on to win Dare to be Digital and were nominated for a Games BAFTA ‘One’s to Watch’ Award.
You can watch the 3 part series (for a limited time only) on 4oD… Crunchtime Series 1.
Angry Mango a team of students from the University of Wales Newport, which includes Henry Hoffman, Kate Killick (from Computer Games Design), Ahmed Zaman, Matt Dennis, Greg O’Brian (from Games Development & AI), have won at the 2011 Dare to be Digital competition.
Their game Mush is a single player, side-scrolling platformer for Windows Phone 7. You take control of your characters emotions, unlocking new abilities with which to progress. Five emotional states are present, each enabling new abilities such as floating, sinking, smashing and gravity shifting.
Emotions are changed directly by the player through either drawing a smile, a sad face, a single line or rotating or shaking the phone. Simple movement is controlled with tilting and unlike other platform games you can neither jump nor die.
Mush has been also been announced at a nominee for the BAFTA Games Awards – Ones to Watch http://www.next-gen.biz/news/bafta-games-awards-nominees-announced