Games Dev North Wales

A recap, because I haven’t been blogging as often as I should…

Shortly before Christmas my colleague Ralph and I founded Games Dev North Wales – a social meetup for North Wales students and developers to discuss the art, science and industry of games. It’s growing steadily, and we were recently invited to visit Cardiff to speak at our more well-established partner group Games Dev South Wales. We talked about the differences between working in small teams and large “AAA” studios, and had a chat with some South Wales students about their projects.

We were also lucky enough to attend a meeting of the Games Wales Group, a think tank of many parties all keen to develop the Welsh digital media industry. We heard from BAFTA Cymru, the Film Agency, S4C, Creative Skillset, local universities, local government and others. There’s a lot going on!

It’s nice to lift my head from the keyboard now and then to see what’s going on in the outside world. It’s even nicer to find that over the years I’ve picked up some tips that are useful to the students who are going to drive the next era of games development.

And so, the plug: the next Games Dev North Wales event is on Tuesday the 11th Feb – always the 11th – and it’s a quiz this time, as a change from the debate format we’ve established so far. Do drop in if you work in or study games and can get to Wrexham that evening!

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