Tuesday, December 02, 2003

In the Game Masterclasses for The Game Plan

Liverpool and Manchester, UK

This was a pair of evening events for young people (ages 16-26) who want to get into game development. The Game Plan is a training scheme run by a group called Media Training North West, whose function is, amazingly, to provide training for the media industries in the north west of England. There were three speakers from the game industry: Nick Wiseman from Bizarre, the audio lead on Project Gotham Racing 2; Gina Jackson, business development manager at Kuju; and me. I was glad to make their acquaintance -- they're both smart, professional game developers with tons of experience. I gave a short presentation about the role of the game designer and the hiring process in the game industry. Good fun -- we gave out loads of free T-shirts and books to encourage participation (anybody who asked a serious question got a T-shirt).