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Saint John Walker of Skillset talks to Game Careers at Develop in Brighton

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Uploaded on Aug 26, 2011

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Saint John Walker is the Computer Games, Animation and Facilities Manager at Skillset, a government agency that wants to improve skills in the creative media sector. His advice for those wanting to get into the games industry:

"Have something made and be prepared to defend it. Its really important that you don't go to an interview as a new entrant and say "Well, I'm planning to do this but it all went wrong." Show prototypes, show stuff that actually works. Be your worst critic by all means, but show the interviewer that you can think in a logical way. If you are going for tech stuff, programming stuff (e.g. C++), but also be aware that these days the industry is looking for programmers that are creative in some way. I know that programming is creative, which is a message we have to get across as well, but also be aware of other influences. Don't just quote the games that you love think about why they are art forms, think about why they are media, what you see at the cinema what do you read. Be more rounded in your approach. I think that's what industry wants now a days, they don't want people who can just play Devil May Cry or whatever, they want people who can understand other media to use them."

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