Job Applications, The Elusive Demo Portfolio

The Elusive Demo Portfolio – Part 2

In the previous article (which I admit was a long time ago now - been remarkably busy recently) I wrote about what people should consider including in their demo CD, which from a developers point of view is the most important aspect of a juniors application. In this part I want to cover how this… Continue reading The Elusive Demo Portfolio – Part 2

Job Applications, The Elusive Demo Portfolio

The Elusive Demo Portfolio – Part 1

Whether you are a graduate or someone who is self taught, your demo portfolio is the key to getting your foot in the door of the games industry. As a junior applying for their first position it doesn't matter if you graduated with honours from the best University in the country, without a good portfolio… Continue reading The Elusive Demo Portfolio – Part 1

Higher Education

A Jack Of All Trades…

Following on from my previous post on the state of Education and Game Development (Are Universities Teaching The Wrong Things?), I wanted to look at what I see is the other main problem with most Game Degree courses... That you come out at the end with experience in game programming, design, animation, modelling and probably… Continue reading A Jack Of All Trades…

Education

Games Fleadh ’08

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Games Fleadh (pronounced Fla) '08 event being held in Thurles, Ireland on the 13th March. While there were other events being run at the same time at the festival, I was there as a member of the XNA Ireland judging panel, which was based around the… Continue reading Games Fleadh ’08

Higher Education

C# and XNA – A Few Replies

There was quite an interesting response to my previous post with some very fair and valid points being raised here and in forums across the Internet. Rather than try and respond to them individually (it might take a while!), I though it would be appropriate to list and discuss some of the more common points… Continue reading C# and XNA – A Few Replies

Higher Education

C# and XNA – Are Universities Teaching The Wrong Things?

Ever since their inception, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the viability of Game degrees, but instead of looking at them as a whole, I thought it would be interesting to look at various elements of them and discuss their relevance to the games industry and in producing graduates that are progressive and… Continue reading C# and XNA – Are Universities Teaching The Wrong Things?

Education

Visual Studio 2008 For Free

If you’re a student that is… Microsoft have announced that they are going to offer VS 2008, Expression Studio, Server 2008 and XNA Game Studio 2.0 absolutely free if you can prove to them you are a student in a small set of countries – under the name of Microsoft DreamSpark. Ignoring the fact that… Continue reading Visual Studio 2008 For Free