BBC: Lack Of Properly Trained Game Designers In UK
There are three major regions in the world of gaming: Japan, the US, and Europe. Therefore, one would simply assume that each region contributes almost equally to the industry, with a few minor differences here and there. Well, Japan and the US are moving along, but according to a report from the BBC, the video game industry in Britain "is running into a skills shortage."
GameDaily reports on the BBC evidence, and it seems part of the blame can be placed on universities that "are not properly preparing students with the requisite skills for making sophisticated video games." Those of you who may be interested in pursuing a career in game development should know that, according to chairman of Frontier Developments and spokesman for the industry's "Games Up?" campaign, David Braben, most schools aren't doing the job. "95% of video gaming degrees are simply not fit for the purpose," he said. "Without some sort of common standard, like a Skillset accreditation, those degrees are a waste of time for all concerned." He also said they are currently dealing with a "serious decline in the quality of graduates looking to enter the industry. The death of maths, physics and computer sciences is hitting us hard."
Okay, so it seems our European friends need to step things up. The world of gaming is an immensely competitive one, and without both the required skills and the necessary motivation, you won't go anywhere. The UK is home to the likes or Rockstar and Lionhead, and they need qualified individuals. So if you want to be the next Hideo Kojima or Cliffy B, you need to attend a university that prepares you for the job. You also need to actually work when you're there. This is the "gaming" industry, but it ain't all just fun and games, ya know?
6/20/2008 Ben Dutka