Andy Knowles left Impington Village College in 1998 and now works in the computer games industry as a Senior Designer. He did not attend university after his studies at IVC, which shows that there are many ways in which to achieve your dream job and perseverance and desire does pay off.
Andy’s job involves designing levels and creating new game play elements - from paper design all the way through to completion, Implementation of logic for AI/Dialogue/Animations scripting systems. He enjoys the creative freedom for aspects of the game, problem solving, and the “marvellous feeling” on seeing the game on the shelves of a store. However, there are some parts he does not relish, such as the late nights, complex problems, and crunch time (the point at which the team is thought to be failing to achieve milestones needed to launch a game on schedule)!
If someone was thinking about working in the Gaming Industry, Andy advices that they should start by learning about how games work. He recommends trying Unity, which is a free and relatively simple program that can help aspiring game developers learn the techniques required. It is also a good idea to download some tutorials and start experimenting.
A Piece of Advice
“If you come up with a level design that you think will be great, and it turns out NOT to be, don't worry! It happens to the best of us, think about WHY it doesn't work and then try a different approach. Never be too precious about your work!”