Mike Bithell is on the Game Industry Biz Top 100 list

A huge well done to Mike Bithell (BA Computer Games Design Graduate) for making the Games Industry Biz Top 100 Most Influential People in the British Games Industry List.

Taking up coding at a young age, Mike Bithell was destined for games. Although he worked at studios such as Blitz, it was his indie project Thomas Was Alone that made his name.

Taking inspiration from filmmakers such as Kevin Smith, Bithell focused on making impressive titles with a tight budget. Now he is an aspirational figure for many a hopeful one-man indie, but when asked for advice on how to make it in games, he reminds fellow developers that “they are not on the same journey.”

“The business changes weekly, so I try not to give too much advice,” he says.

Following huge commercial success came the chance to meet his heroes, such as Hideo Kojima, which Bithell describes as a “massive privilege.” But according to the Volume creator, it’s the audience that drives him.

“It sounds corny, but the best part of this job is meeting the people who play our stuff,” he says. “Fan art, cosplay, videos – everything that folks do with the games we make.”

Extract from http://www.gamesindustry.biz/top100/indie-leaders

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Tranzfuser 2017

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The University of South Wales (USW) is to be the South Wales regional hub again in 2017 for the innovative talent development programme. Organised by UK Games Talent and Finance CIC, and funded by the UK Government.

Designed to provide a platform for creative leaders of the future, Tranzfuser is aimed at graduates looking to break into the games development industry, with a strong focus on getting their game to market.

Last year Tranzfuser 2016, the first iteration of the annual competition, saw 18 teams from across the UK work with a £5,000 prize to develop their game.

The competition ended with the teams showcasing their projects at the EGX video games festival in Birmingham, attended by more than 75,000 gamers. During the show, a team of industry judges shortlisted the best games to compete for grants from £10,000 to £25,000 from the UK Games Fund to develop commercial prototypes.

Lead applicants to Tranzfuser 2017 have an opportunity to project manage the teams that they form for the Tranzfuser journey and win funds from the UK Games Fund.

Successful applicants will be invited to develop their ideas into working prototypes over the summer in a competition that culminates in a nationally recognized showcase event.

Participants will have access to Local Hubs and leading industry support where possible, providing the best knowledge-base and resources available across the UK.

Graduates are invited to apply as individuals looking to build their own team or individuals on behalf of their team.

Successful applicants will be awarded a £5,000 budget to allocate as they choose throughout the competition. At the showcase event in September, selected teams will be invited to pitch for follow-on funding of up to £25k from the UK Games Fund to commercialise their game and launch a company.

Richard Hurford, Course Leader for Computer Games Enterprise at USW, said: “We are delighted that USW has again been chosen as the regional hub for Tranzfuser, and we’re excited to be mentoring and supporting the teams through the process.

“USW is all about giving students the skills to go out into the world and make a success of their ideas, and this is a great competition to gain further experience and potentially have access to vital funding.

“Those involved will be exposed to a range of industry specialists who can provide priceless advice and guidance. It is a fantastic opportunity for recent graduates from a range of disciplines to get involved in the games industry. We are looking forward to welcoming the 2017 teams and seeing a new set of great idea being turning into a reality.”

Deborah Farley, Head of Talent and Outreach at UK Games Talent and Finance CIC says, “Tranzfuser 2016 exceeded everyone’s expectations; from the calibre of the teams participating, contribution and involvement from the Local Hubs to the showcase event at EGX.

“We were delighted to go on a see six of the teams receive UK Games Fund grant funding and to continue our support of them.  This year we will be building on this success with more opportunities for teams to get involved, continued support during the competition and a showcase event to remember. This is a fabulous opportunity for any graduates looking to break into the UK Games Industry, don’t miss out!”

Applications for 2017 close on Monday 27th February at noon. http://tranzfuser.com/apply-now/


Games Gradshow 2015

A few weeks ago the Games Gradshow was in full swing, showing off final year undergraduate work from students on the BA (Hons) Computer Games Design and BA (Hons) Game Art courses.

IMG_2628It was pretty busy from the get go, with lots of people coming to visit from local games, animation and media companies. If you missed the show, you will be able to see a selection of the work at the Wales Games Development Show on the 19th June… http://walesgamesdevshow.org/ or you can take a look at this year’s showreel.

If you are interested in joining one of our courses, we have a Postgraduate Open Day on 17th June an Undergraduate Open Day on the 4th July.


USW Graduates Alice Rendell and Catherine Woolley in the Top 100 Women in Games UK list

We are really excited to see that two of our graduates Alice Rendell @alicemrendell and Catherine Woolley @Catmoo have been listed in the MVC UK Top 100 Women in Games list.

The list comprises of 100 women working in the UK games industry from almost 100 different studios, divisions or companies – chosen by a judging panel of over 50 UK games industry executives.

Alice Rendell Game Designer, Kobojo
Alice is a Game Designer currently working at Kobojo. She has  spent over three years at the firm’s Paris HQ, she returned to UK and Dundee earlier this year to work on Zodiac, a JRPG co-developed with former Final Fantasy staff.  Prior to Kobojo. She previously worked at Facebook games specialist Ooblada and offered consulting advice on game design at studio We Move Beyond. Alice is also on the Board of Directors of the IDGA Scotland.

Catherine Woolley Senior Designer, Creative Assembly
Cat is currently a Senior Design at Creative Assembly, most recently working on the award winning Alien: Isolation. She has been at Creative Assembly for 4 years, before which she spent just over 2 years at Electronic Arts Bright Light. In her spare time she is a co-host and editor at gamercast.net.

 


Henry Hoffman’s wins first prize in the Leap Motion 3D Jam!

Henry Hoffman’s, Aboard the Lookinglass has won 1st prize in the Leap Motion 3D Jam competition.

It’s a science-fiction game about dimensional time, a rescue mission gone awry and a disconcerting future. The game uses the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion. Beautiful visuals, interesting mechanic and control, make for a great little game.

Available to download from http://thehen.itch.io/lookinglass.

You can find out more about the game in an interview with Henry… http://blog.leapmotion.com/aboard-the-lookinglass-your-left-hand-holds-the-past-your-right-hand-reveals-the-future/

Or if you’d prefer to hear him talking about it…


Aboard the Lookinglass by Henry Hoffman

Great to see a new game from Henry Hoffman, Aboard the Lookinglass was created for the #3Djam.

It’s a science-fiction game about dimensional time, a rescue mission gone awry and a disconcerting future. The game uses the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion. Beautiful visuals, interesting mechanic and control, make for a great little game.

Available to download from http://thehen.itch.io/lookinglass.