BSc (Hons) Games Design
Alex Wamsteke / Games Design
Alex has just graduated from his degree in BA (Hons) Games Design.
Hi, I’m Alex, a graduate game designer at Frontier Developments (RollerCoaster Tycoon). In this blog, I’m going to revisit some of my university work and look at what I did that led to me working on the newly announced Elite Dangerous: Odyssey. I will also provide some portfolio tips for any fellow game designers. It must be noted, the views I express here are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.
I have several pieces of work I’m particularly fond of from my time at university. These being an environment concept art piece of an alien landscape, a 3D environment piece recreating Thunderbrew Distillery from World of Warcraft and my final year project (FYP).
My FYP called Lazerdrone is definitely my favourite. Lazerdrone was a split-screen arena drone shooter set in a near future Tokyo Fish market. It holds a special place as I was invited to Games Republic to showcase this game alongside being my most polished work. I’m proud of the experiences I gained outside of the university campus. Whilst I didn’t win in any of the competitions, I’m most proud of being invited to attend and compete at Brains Eden 2017, 2018 and Games Republic 2019.
Finding jobs in the games industry can be hard, I had to apply to many before being offered my job. There is a lot of competition, however I had several factors help me stand out from the crowd. One of the most important factors was my persistence in working hard which led to me achieving a First-Class Honours degree with high-quality content in my portfolio. Attending Brains Eden also gave me a competitive edge as the event was sponsored by various games companies, including Frontier. This meant that when I approached them, Frontier knew the amount of work that goes into competing in such an event and this immediately made me stand out.
The most valuable skill a game designer can have is to seek out the opinions of others and listen (not just hear) to them. Doing this will result in the best experience possible for whoever looks at your portfolio and in doing so their best impression of you.
Thunderbrew Distillery Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKWUCy4disb4XSa0w1t5w4Q